Logitech Freedom 2.4 Cordless Joystick - PC - Review
Logitech has brought the gaming community many different peripherals to enhance gameplay. Their latest addition is the Freedom 2.4 cordless joystick. Much like Microsoft's Sidewinder series this stick has the ability to not only point you in the right direction, but has the ability to twist as well. Very important in those all addictive Mech games and rudder control for those flight Sims. Also on board are an easy to use throttle, ten programmable buttons, and one 8-way hat switch. Buttons one through six (1 is the trigger) and the hat are very ergonomically friendly and located on the stick itself. Most games have a configuration already set up within the game. Logitech has taken some of the guesswork out of the most popular games and have provided different workable configurations that some players like to use. All you have to do is go to their website and download the configurations of your favorite title.
Freedom 2.4 runs on a 2.4GHz frequency but boasts that is different then what a 2.4 GHz phone might run on, so you should not have any interference problems. It is a sleek looking unit dressed in black and silver with an aluminum trigger. The base is coated in rubber so you should not have a sliding problem if playing from a flat surface. I really liked that the way the base was designed with three points of surface contact. This allowed me to set the stick with two points on each leg and one on my belt to bring the stick high enough to feel ergonomically correct rather then basically sitting on it between my legs. I know that may not sound like much but it’s the small things that really add up.
I was very surprised at the precision a cordless stick could possibly have. There was literally zero lag in gameplay. The only down side I found was playing MechWarrior 4 Mercenaries, about 50% of the time when the game first started out, it took a couple of seconds before the stick got going. No big deal if you have a second or two before you are required to move, but while playing online in a gladiator type of game, you need to be up and running immediately. This can be remedied by using the old keyboard commands for those first few seconds.
Logitech says you have 20 feet of freedom with this wonder. Who would sit that far from your monitor is beyond me, but they say it will work. My room where my computer is at is limited to about 13 feet and I did not have one problem. Last but not least installation was a breeze.
All this being said, I would highly recommend this new piece of equipment to any serious gamer. When you are done using, it can be placed anywhere without having to disconnect any wires. It actually comes with its first set of 3 AA batteries, which should allow for 50 hours of gameplay. It's light but not too light, and sleek to the eye. The buttons are where they should be and again are programmable. Left handed gamers may not feel that this stick was designed for them, in fact if you play games with your right hand you will think this was designed for you. So you southpaws may want to check it out before you buy it. The only thing that it is possibly missing would be Force Feedback. Having a game ship with the unit would have been the icing on the cake.
No wires to get tangled, 20 ft range, no lag, sleek looking, feels natural, and a fair price of around 70 dollars.
I feel its really designed for right handed players. I think a left-handed person would have difficulty using this stick.
I feel that this is a wonderful product!