reviews\ Sep 1, 2003 at 8:00 pm

Saitek Cyborg Evo - PC - Review

A good flight stick that looks really cool as well.


Anyone who has tried to play a flight simulator using a mouse and keyboard will probably agree that it is not the most effective method for that type of game. Anything from Battlefield 1942 to Dawn of Aces III just proves to be more accurate using a flight stick … period. Well, at E3 this year Saitek introduced three new joystick models to the public, each having it’s own neat look and unique style. One of these is called the Cyborg Evo, which not only has great handling and response, but comes with some other big plusses as well.


Anyone who has used a flight stick like the Microsoft Sidewinder will immediately be familiar with the Evo. It provides the standard stick controls for up, down, left and right movement along with a twisting base to allow you to yaw or rotate the top of such things as mechs or tanks. In addition, it also has the 8-point hat switch at the top to allow you to look around and a manual throttle located on the base. OK, so since all of this sounds familiar … what makes the Evo unique?


For starters, the hand rest grip located at the base of the stick is reversible, so it can be adjusted and moved based on whether or not you are right handed or left handed. This really helps out a lot as you can imagine, since a lot of the peripherals nowadays seem to be geared towards one or the other, many of which being for right handed gamers.


Another neat feature with the Evo is in the number of programmable buttons that are found on the stick. There is your standard trigger and a middle button for secondary fire or whatnot, but there are four others located just on the top of the stick to allow for many different functions that would need to be used on the fly. The base also contains four function buttons that can be programmed as well, and two additional shift buttons to help maximize the number of features or actions that can be programmed in.


Lastly, the stick looks really futuristic and pretty neat. The top of the stick contains a blue neon light that looks really cool in the dark, and the function buttons glow a deep red color. This especially looks great in the dark, and the stick has an overall futuristic kind of look and feel to it.


Overall, I can say that the $40 price tag for the Cyborg Evo is an investment in a good and solid product. Granted, you can pick up some other flight sticks for a little less money nowadays, but the Evo is a responsive and solid stick with a cool look that will provide a long time of fun gaming.


Pros :
The Cyborg Evo has a few features that make it a good buy. It has everything that you can find with a lot of other flight sticks out there, but also comes with an adjustable grip to accommodate both left and right handed gamers and has a nifty, futuristic look to it that makes it stand out. The controls felt tight and responsive, and I was more comfortable with it than the one that I am currently using.


Again, it all comes down to “been there done that” with the features that can be found on other flight sticks on the market. While it provides a bunch of programmable buttons and has enough to handle most of the “need to have” commands, some games don’t require that many to be used. In those cases, the $40 tag can seem a little high put up against similar joysticks for half the price.


Verdict : 8.7
Honestly, the pros of the Cyborg Evo far outweigh the cons in my opinion. The look and adjustability options make it a good buy for any gamer looking for a new joystick, and kids will definitely get a kick out of the futuristic look and neat light up effects. Add in the fact that the controls are tight and responsive, and it makes for a good investment overall even if it’s not the cheapest one on the market.  



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