Saitek AV8R Joystick

1st Dec 2006 | 00:00

Saitek AV8R Joystick

A decent joystick at a highly affordable price

TechRadar rating:

4.5 stars

Affordable, but sort out those switches


<p>Surprisingly sturdy</p>


<p>Switches not very tactile</p>

It was only recently that we were lamenting the lack of good PC joysticks and look what should arrive but an affordable, chunky flight stick from long-time waggle-tech supremo Saitek.

The ludicrously monickered AV8R joystick is a pinch at £20 but seems sturdy enough to survive even the most canopy-rattling dogfights.

The neat split throttle is a feature not often seen on budget twigs, and the big red button is always a welcome addition to any combat-orientated peripheral. Our only gripe is that the four switches aren't as tactile as we'd like. Still, there's no shortage of buttons to configure.

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