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    Greetings,
    Looking for some suggestions for a new joystick! I've been simming for over 20 years & I'm pretty sure I've had the same joystick the entire time. It's a Microsoft Sidewinder 8 button rig. Has a Windows 98 platform. As joysticks go, it's pretty vanilla, but I love it. Unfortunately, father time is catching up to it. Throttle has become unreliable and steering sticks alot.

    The only game I use it for is FSX. I don't do any dogfighting type stuff wherein I need to be firing missles or dropping bombs, etc...
    Can someone recommend a simple joystick. Most joysticks out there appear very hi-tech with tons of bells & whistles that I will never use. Plus they all seem to cost $100's. I'm trying to stay under $100. I have Win10. My present Win98 platform joystick worked fine with Win10.

    I saw a bunch of similar 8 button sidewinders on Amazon for approx. $30 - $50 price range. All are "used"! Just wondering if anyone has ever purchased a used item on Amazon? Is it worth the risk? I'm apprehensive about buying anything "used".

    Thanks for any suggestions you can send my way.

    Jim

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    I've had Microsoft Sidewinders for a couple decades but I also added a Thrustmaster 16000M a couple of years ago. Grip components allow for left or right handed use; slider for a throttle and 12 buttons on the base instead of the Sidewinder's 4. Very basic and reasonably Priced at $50-ish. Recommend.

    I did buy a used Sidewinder but it only lasted a couple years before the wiring gave out like the previous one. A flying buddy sold me his no-longer-used MS force feedback Sidewinder that I'm using now in FSX/P3d. The T16000 is my left hand stick in Star Citizen - couldn't live without it!

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    Thanks Loyd, I appreciate the input!

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    Personal opinion: Thrustmaster HOTAS. It's a joystick and seperate throttle, rudder bar on front of the throttle. You can also choose to twist the joystick for rudder, or fix it so it's only for ailerons and elevator. Buttons galore on both parts. Costs about 50 EUR/55 USD.

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    Quote Originally Posted by simsjw View Post
    Greetings,
    Looking for some suggestions for a new joystick! I've been simming for over 20 years & I'm pretty sure I've had the same joystick the entire time. It's a Microsoft Sidewinder 8 button rig. Has a Windows 98 platform. As joysticks go, it's pretty vanilla, but I love it. Unfortunately, father time is catching up to it. Throttle has become unreliable and steering sticks alot.

    The only game I use it for is FSX. I don't do any dogfighting type stuff wherein I need to be firing missles or dropping bombs, etc...
    Can someone recommend a simple joystick. Most joysticks out there appear very hi-tech with tons of bells & whistles that I will never use. Plus they all seem to cost $100's. I'm trying to stay under $100. I have Win10. My present Win98 platform joystick worked fine with Win10.

    I saw a bunch of similar 8 button sidewinders on Amazon for approx. $30 - $50 price range. All are "used"! Just wondering if anyone has ever purchased a used item on Amazon? Is it worth the risk? I'm apprehensive about buying anything "used".

    Thanks for any suggestions you can send my way.

    Jim
    I use Logitech Extreme 3-D Pro. I've owned it for over 20 years & still works great. Has extra buttons on it just in case you want to program them in the future. I only have 4 programmed & I actually only use 2 so it's not over complicated. Cheap enough not to break the bank & good enough to last a real long time.
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    +1 for the Logitech 3D Pro

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    I’ve used the Logitech (Saitek) X52 Pro for a number of years now without any issue. It’s very configurable and the MFD is very useful for dialing in Com1 and Nav1 frequencies.

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    Quote Originally Posted by simsjw View Post
    I saw a bunch of similar 8 button sidewinders on Amazon for approx. $30 - $50 price range. All are "used"! Just wondering if anyone has ever purchased a used item on Amazon? Is it worth the risk? I'm apprehensive about buying anything "used".
    It depends on the joystick. I've bought 2 used MS ForceFeedback 2 joysticks and both have worked flawlessly (I keep one as a spare, just in case). I'd highly recommend the MS FF2 for the extra immersion it gives and the fact that it's built like a tank - much better than many modern joysticks. It's plug-&-play in Windows 10. You can pick up a good example on eBay for less than $100 but make sure it's the FF2 and not the original FF joystick. If you get one, be prepared to also buy the FS Force add-on as the default forces in FSX are not very good and FS Force makes them VERY good.

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    Thanks for all of your responses. You've all been very helpful!

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    Quote Originally Posted by simsjw View Post
    Thanks for all of your responses. You've all been very helpful!
    You're welcome

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