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Cyborg F.L.Y 5
- Twin Throttle
- Tilting head mechanism
- Adjustable POV hat switch
- Adjustable handle height
- Shift button
- 12 buttons
- Adjustment tool
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Top Customer Reviews
It looks great and has loads of adjustments to suit pretty much any hand or style of play. The buttons (bar one) fall easily to hand and work very well. The twist action (yes it does have one) is probably the best I've come across. The split throttle feels great and can be converted into a single throttle with the press of a button (something that works surprisingly well). Physically it centres extremely well.
It's not the most comfortable stick I've used, and that one button mentioned above can be a serious pain if you have to use it often. It takes a fair amount of force to move the stick away from centre, which makes subtle adjustments nigh on impossible. Lack of support at the front means diving too enthusiastically could well mean the stick toppling over.
The supplied adjustment device broke within minutes (an allen key with a plastic handle - a recipe for disaster). The manuals were weak and uninformative. No Mac software (though plug it in and "It just works" as usual). My particular example turned out to be rather lopsided. When I checked it if full left gave -100, full right only gave +85*, which meant I ended up returning it. Also the signal was a little noisy on some of the axes.
In conclusion, if you're looking for a reasonably priced joystick for gaming purposes, this seems a pretty good bet. If you're into more 'serious' simulation (X-Plane, FSX) then look elsewhere. I did and ended up with a Saitek Pro Flight Yoke System (PC) and ...Read more ›
The precision is flawless, with no dead zone when set to 0% At first at least (see below). The buttons though are not perfectly placed. Instead of a button 2, what your thumb naturally presses is the tiny HOTAS. Not a big deal bu in the end I assigned the downshifting to HOTAS-down in the car sims, it was just better.
So what's wrong?
Well, unlike its predecessors, it's not solidly built. The multiple parts due to the full-adjustment concept may have a part in it, but the plastic quality is just inferior to the previous products. The whole thing is quite the opposite of being rigid, it's a bit wobbly and the plastics are a bit sqweaky. Not a big issue at first though.
There are all those useless LEDs, and I ended up cutting off the wires for the top blue LED, which was boring a hole in my retina (my eyes are very sensitive, so it's probably not an issue for most of you).
Unfortunately, my FLY5 got worn out rather quickly. After around 4 months, the small plate between the stick and the base (the spring support) became gritty, ruining a bit the precision. It's ok in a flight sim, but not in a game like Raceroom which requires an absolute precision. Can be fixed temporarily by spinning the part when it's too gritty. Sports vinyl-based lubricant helps but it's not ideal ^^
After around 5 months, the button n.2 just popped out Oo....Read more ›
As with all the Cyborg range it is fully adjustable in both Physical Size and programability. Coupled together with the ability to just fold it up and put it away - Its a WIN WIN joystick for me. with its Dual throttle control (an option not available on the top of the range) it makes some games even better. I have been an avid flight simmer for many years and had many different joysticks - this has to be, in my oppinion, the best out there for the price!
So, in summary it worked for 2 hrs. It may look great and be well put together on the surface, but if it only works for 2 hrs I really can't recommend it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I love this joystick. It's got plenty of buttons which makes gear-intensive space sims like Elite: Dangerous a lot easier to play. Read morePublished 1 month ago by firstname.lastname@example.org
After a while some motion sensors just stop working. It has happened already in two of these joysticks (same model) that i have purchased. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
Very flimsy and poor quality. It's touted strength of configurability (which is clever) makes it weak. I got a lot of movement in poorly designed hinges. Read morePublished 3 months ago by C. Saunders
... but it didn't last long.
First one thumb button snapped off, and then another, and then the internal wiring for other buttons started going.
Good Quality stick, accurate and a reasonable price. Build quality is good, the entire stick/top can be removed for replacement or maintenance if needed as it connects to the base... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Mr. Nicholas Wright
I have one of these and just changed to a Thrustmaster T-Flight Stick X (PC/PS3).
It looks cheaper, but feels SO much better. Read more
Whilst a relatively effective joystick, the rudder control broke within 2 days, I got it replaced but the replacement also broke within two days. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Yargon