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This review is from: Logitech 963290-0403 Extreme 3D Pro USB Joystick
Pros: This series of Logitech flight sticks has been around for over a decade. I bought mine in Okinawa about 10 years ago from the writing of this article. It still works, and is still supported by Logitech driver support for windows and Linux. In fact, after pulling it off the shelf and cleaning the dust off and repressing the buttons, the controller works flawlessly in Windows 10 and in Debian (Ubuntu).
The flight stick is great. It isn't too sticky, and not too loose. It is just right, and has kept the same pressure sensitivity for as long as I have owned it.
Take good care of this unit and it will take care of you...in flight games of course :)
Cons: Not enough buttons. You can never have enough buttons.
The 6 buttons on the base of the controller, while rugged and last forever, have the tendency to get sticky, requiring cleaning to promote sensitivity and longevity.
The throttle is super sensitive because it doesn't have a very large axis. Just tiny movements on the throttle can adjust your plane throttle by a great deal. You won't really be able to gauge your throttle speed by looking at the flight controller itself, you have to take the time and check it in game. Adjusting the throttle to a precise level can be a pain, because it requires super tiny movements on the physical throttle to get it right. This isn't a game breaker, but it certainly is a con.
Other Thoughts: $30 is a steal for this controller.
I am shocked to find that this model is still being sold, and is still supported by Logitech.
Not the best out there, but certainly cheap, and a solid beginner controller for aspiring flight simmers.
Will last a long time and you won't be afraid to let your friend borrow it, unless they don't return it because it is a good controller...
This review is from: MSI AM1I AM1 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 HDMI Mini ITX AMD Motherboard
Pros: this is a decent Mini ITX board. I was surprised about the features that came with it, USB3.0, SATAIII, etc. I picked this up on a combo offer with an AMD APU. Couldn't pass on the price.
Cons: This isn't a board for PC gaming enthusiasts. This board is great for someone building a casual PC that uses little power and will keep your computer experience relatively current with the times. Don't expect to overclock your processor or RAM and get great performance.
Other Thoughts: This board was perfect for my mother's casual PC. She had an old clunker PC that barely ran, so I surprised her with a nice quad core AMD APU and 8GB of DDR3 memory. This was a huge upgrade for an older person who doesn't play the latest and greatest blockbuster gaming titles. With an SSD, her system boots up in under 10 seconds and she has instant access to the internet.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: pretty good price on the combo package with Kaveri processor and micro ATX board. Looks nice.
Cons: Cable management was a pain. I had a hard time installing the disk drives. I made the mistake of not connecting my SSD hard drive under the DVD/RW drive and I had to completely un-mount the DVD/RW so I could get access to the rear of the SSD. Not a big deal, but tiny amount of space. Don't expect to add fans or mod this case, there is literally no room to do much of anything.
Aftermarket heatsinks that are larger than stock AM1 or FM2 heat sinks probably won't fit. The PSU literally sits on top of the processor.
Other Thoughts: This was a good deal for my mother's casual PC because it was on a combo offer. If I was building a media PC for myself, me being the IT and PC gaming enthusiast, I would buy a better case. The combo parts fit (barely), and the case doesn't look to shabby. Overall, it was a great present for my mom.READ FULL REVIEW