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Cyborg F.L.Y 5

Platform : Windows XP
Rated: Unknown
3.3 out of 5 stars 159 customer reviews

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  • Platform:   Windows XP
  • BBFC Rating: Universal, suitable for all
  • Media: Personal Computers
  • Item Quantity: 1
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  • ASIN: B001EYU1VO
  • Product Dimensions: 22.8 x 13 x 23.9 cm ; 494 g
  • Release Date: 12 Dec. 2008
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (159 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,571 in PC & Video Games (See Top 100 in PC & Video Games)

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Mad Catz Cyborg FLY 5 Flight Stick for PC MCB4330200B2041 Gaming Game Controllers


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A curate's egg of a product, good in parts.

The Good

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.

The Bad

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 Ugly

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
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I bought this joystick after killing off my good old Cyborg. The idea of adjusting every part of the stick is pretty good and works well, you can really obtain a perfectly customized shape for your hand. Do not hesitate to test extreme adjustments, if only for testing. I never guessed that my best position was the stick fully bent forward, since I never experienced this kind of shape.

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....
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I have had the top of the range Joystick for some time - the Saitek X52-Pro, Althouh it was a very fine piece of engineering it was ultimately the size that forced me to get rid of it. I Opted for the Saitek Cyborg X Joystick, which although does not have all the funtionality of the former, but is equaly matched in quality.
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!
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Wow, all I can say is thank goodness for Amazon's excellent returns policy. We already have a mad cats cyborg 1 joy stick, have had it for some time and it's been faultless. I read all the negative reviews about the flight stick but chose to ignore them because my experiences with mad catz products have all been positive. Sadly not this time. Plugged it in and it looked fine. It's a seriously cool looking thing and appears pretty well built, despite other comments. However, after 2 HOURS (!!!) of use playing flight sim X ( so no violent moves ) the game lurched to the left and then said there was no controller installed. Then the PC just said it was now an unrecognised USB device. Tried it on another PC with same results. Even downloading the mad cats drivers didn't help, in fact they also couldn't see the device.

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.
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