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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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Mad Catz Cyborg FLY 5 Flight Stick for PC MCB4330200B2041 Gaming Game Controllers
Top Customer Reviews
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.
Tried Amazon - bingo - and a might cheaper into the bargain.
Took two days to arrive - brilliant !
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 ›
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 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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Hat switch stopped working after relatively small amount of use.Published 3 months ago by Mr. R. LAMBDEN
As cool as the joystick looks and as great as it is, it does suffer from severe wear and tear. When it was £35-40, it was worth the price tag considering what you get in a nice,... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Mr G.
The options for adjustment work well and are really convenient. It is built reasonably well. It is a bit hard to achieve precision due to the high tension of the spring(seriously... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Michael
Meh, It's ok but I over paid for mine, The pheripheral choice these days is disapointing.Published 5 months ago by Bry
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 8 months 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 10 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 10 months ago by C. Saunders