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Cyborg F.L.Y 5

Platform : Windows XP
Rated: Unknown
3.3 out of 5 stars 166 customer reviews

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  • Tilting head mechanism
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  • Adjustable handle height
  • Shift button
  • 12 buttons
  • Adjustment tool
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Game Information

  • 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 (166 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 11,254 in PC & Video Games (See Top 100 in PC & Video Games)
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Product description

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


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I really like this flight stick. Some people want more sophistication and complication, but it has plenty of buttons, throttle lever, twist action for rudders etc and I find it comfortable to use. It has enough functionality to cover all the control surfaces, undercarriage, incremental flaps, brakes, airbrakes and parking brake, and smooth changes of view in all directions and re-centering without before using the keyboard functions.

I have given it 4 instead of 5 stars only because its overall robustness and durability may be a bit of a question mark. My last one broke in one place - admittedly after about 8 years of use. The price seems to be creeping up though, so hope it does not price itself out of the market eventually.
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This is not actually a game but a game controller. Tried al my usual computer/game shops without any luck.
Tried Amazon - bingo - and a might cheaper into the bargain.
Took two days to arrive - brilliant !
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The base has no weight, It's one of the worst joysticks I've used. I would rather use an Xbox controller
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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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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'm really liking this piece of kit, it really feels like mid range joystick with an entry level price. There really aren't many joysticks in the market that are middle range there tends to be cheap stuff and then very high end stuff. This bridges that gap fairly well. The amount of adjustment that is available is excellent and I've been able to really fit the thing to my hand and hold it in a very natural position so big plus points for ergonomics there. The buttons have a good action to them generally, a couple of them feel slightly squidgy and it would be better if they were fully mechanical switches rather than membrane but then you have to remember that this joystick isn't £100. The throttle controller is silky smooth with just the right amount of resistance and can split into two independent throttles which will be very useful for those of you who are into flight sims where this is a requirement, it has an eight way HAT, and even a scroll wheel at the bottom of of the head which is a nice bonus.

The areas I would like to see improved would be a more rubberised grip on the shaft of the joystick for improved grip and a little more metal on the finish and contributing to the overall rigidity and RGB LED's for customisable lighting. However as this seems to be built to a price point I can perhaps see why these Things weren't included here. I do feel however that Madcatz could probably charge £5 - £10 more for this product with those inclusions and people would still be buying it, there really aren't many joysticks of this quality at this price range.

Overall, the FLY 5 feels solid and precise and I'm looking forward to many comfortable hours of Elite Dangerous in style.
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