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1. Sony Playstation Portable (PSP)
$143.44
2. PlayStation 2 (new design)
$137.92
3. Nintendo DS
4. Game Boy Advance SP Variation
$149.99
5. Electric Blue Nintendo DS Hardware
$177.76 list($179.99)
6. Sony PlayStation 2
$94.04 list($159.99)
7. CH Products Pro Rudder Pedals
$40.84 list($39.99)
8. Logitech MX518 Gaming Optical
$114.99 list($149.99)
9. PS2 Driving Force Gran Turismo
10. Nintendo GameCube Console - Variation
$112.09 list($189.90)
11. CH Products Pro Pedals USB And
$113.99 $98.50 list($129.99)
12. Saitek X52 Flight Control System
$329.97
13. Sony PSP Fun Pack
$29.44 list($39.99)
14. Logitech Cordless Rumblepad 2
$379.99 list($499.99)
15. Spherex 51000 Xbox 6-Piece 5.1
$49.99
16. XB Conker: Live and Reloaded
$75.99 list($99.95)
17. Logitech MOMO Force Feedback Racing
$110.00
18. Nintendo DS
$106.39 list($149.95)
19. CH Products Fighterstick USB
$41.79 $31.86 list($49.95)
20. Logitech MX 510 Performance Optical

1. Sony Playstation Portable (PSP) Value Pack Variation

Asin: B0007XBWYI
Catlog: Video Games
Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Reviews (538)

5-0 out of 5 stars Common sense
here is a review somone put on a few days ago.


psp.......is ok, June 15, 2005
A Kid's Review

"gamers who play psp's are probbably going to become game designers and people who play ds well become doctors."

That is the dummest thing I have ever heard. That's all I've got to say, no comment to that except it was just stupid.

4-0 out of 5 stars chand the man
the best system with the best game what more could you ask for.wipeout pure is aweso me because you surf the internet and the graphics are amazing.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Product
This product is amazing. It definitely is the best handheld on the market. I have only one complaint about it, the placement of the analog nub can make your hand cramp after 15 minutes of playing.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great system!Now stop whining you picky people
First off, the psp is the most remarkable gaming device ever. It plays movies,mp3s,and displays photos. To top it off it has ps2 grafics.All of the reviewers that gave this 1 or 2 stars want to make a dumb excuse of why it's bad.Such as:"It's boring".WHAT????????????????????????????????????? Another person said:Nintendo made video games first.Does it matter?THat's like saying Henry Ford made the first mass produced car!!!!!!!!!!!It doesn't matter.Ford isn't the best car company and nintendo isn't the best game company.Now to get on with my review.The system itself is awesome!!!!!!!!It has stereo speakers,a lcd screen,an analoge stick,and in the near future,it will have a web browser!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Personaly,I think people love to complain."Boo Hoo, the case it comes with is too soft."The memory card is too small."MY PSP has a tiny little dead pixel in the corner of the screen. SO WHAT????? That's like saying:why doesn't my car come with free gas?HELLO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!If Sony sold the PSP with no battery or accesories that it would be cheaper than the ds!The only advantage to the ds is that it comes with a free piece of plastic to touch the screen with!So make the right descision and buy this.It beats the ds by a mile.

5-0 out of 5 stars PSP
This is a great item for gamers like me.Also if you like movies and music, then this is a good add-on.However, a portable DVD player and agood MP3 player are the same price as the PSP.I would not reccommend buying this item for the music and movies although they are awesome quality.
I have Spiderman2, XXX, Pirates of the Carribean, Hitch and Daddy Day Care.Soon, I will get The Grudge, Napoleon Dynamite and others which are coming out on this item.At BJ's there DVDs are $12 each so don't be fooled by the $20+ price tags at other websites.They are DVD quality, but I am not spoiled by a plasma screen TV at home, so these movies look even better than a DVD player.Sound is good also.The only complaint that I have with the movies is that in one full charge, you can't watch 2 movies without charging again.However, this is much more portable than a portable DVD player which makes up for the lack of battery life.
The games are near PS2 quality in the graphics department, but their UMD can't hold near as much memory as the PS2 discs.There are no franchises in sports games, but season modes in nearly all sports games.The adventure games or games that involve career modes which are shorter than their PS2 origonals.However, for some reason, Tony Hawk ahs 4 more levels than the PS2 title.Weird.I am impressed with all 6 of my PSP games (THPSU2, NFL Street 2, NBA Street, MVP baseball, Twisted Metal, Wipeout Pure.)Wipeout Pure is probably the best PSP game in my opinion.I also plan to get Midnight Club III, Burnout, Gran Turismo, Madden, Stacked (suposed to be best poker game ever; also coming on PS2 and XBOX) and others when they are released later this year.
I was skeptical about buying a memory stick for PSP but am glad I did.I bought a 256 mb for $50.I am happy because a 128mb MP3 player is $60 and can hold half as much.I can hold 70 songs even though they say only 64 songs.The sound is awesome and battery lasts for nearly 15 hours with the sound on high and the screen off.
Hope I helped. ... Read more


2. PlayStation 2 (new design)

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Asin: B00004SQPD
Catlog: Video Games
Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment
Sales Rank: 7
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Dimensions: Approximately 230 mm (W) x 28 mm (H) x 152 mm (D)Weight: Approximately900g Compatible formats:- PlayStation format CD-ROM - PlayStation 2 format CD-ROM - PlayStation 2 format DVD-ROM - Audio CD - DVD Video* - DVD-RW (VR mode) * The term "DVD Video" is used to refer to DVD-R, DVD-RW (Video mode), DVD+R and DVD+RW discs.Interfaces: - Controller Port x 2 - Memory Card slot x 2 - USB connector x 2 - NETWORK connector x 1 (100BASE-TX/10BASE-T) - LINE connector ... Read more

Features

  • Internal volume has been reduced by 75 percent
  • overall weight has been halved
  • thickness trimmed down to 2.8 cm (thickness of current model is 7.8 cm).
  • Size is almost as small as a hardcover book, making it easier to carry around and enjoy games and DVD videos anytime, anywhere.
  • Equipped with an integrated Ethernet port and modem port for online play.

Reviews (170)

5-0 out of 5 stars smaller and better!
if you dont have a playstation 2 and thought about buying one , so i suggest you buy the smaller one ! yes , there are two types of playstation 2, big one and small one , but the small one is much better! first of all, it's much smaller (75% smaller then the other one )and it's also more portable. it's about the size of a very thin book. you can hold it in one hand! also , another thing is , it has a built in network adaptor to play online game , so you dont have to buy one of those because it's already built in ! so, like i said , if you thought about buying a playstation 2 , buy this kind !

4-0 out of 5 stars Definitely a way to escape from PC gaming
Okay, first things first:

PC games have better graphics, more special effects, and in some ways are easier to play with a mouse.

However, the cost of keeping a high-end PC is becoming increasingly prohibitive, with new video cards coming out almost every six months, $500 or more for the top end and $250 for the mid-range.Not to mention new processors, the ever required more Ram, and now multiple hard drives since all the motherboard manufacturers are pushing RAID.The result is a very fast PC that costs over $1,000, is current for a year at most, eats up enough electricity to power a small house, and that's before you get to the driver/soundcard issues.

The last PC game I played was Medal of Honor, Pacific Assault, which kept dropping me back to the desktop for no reason.The support message said to kill all the services except the essential ones.Fine, but a great way to muck everything else up.I've never had 5.1 sound cards that produced really good sound like they advertise, and everytime they update the video card drivers something else goes out.

Or I can spend ~$150-$160 on this and snag a television that takes composite input.In may case I got a nifty 14 inch RCA flat screen or under $100.Only accessory is a memory card, and that's it.Just plug it in and go.

My first PS2 game was Medal of Honor, Rising Sun, which actually share parts of some scenes with Pacific Assault.The graphics aren't as good as current PC games, I'd put them about a little better than Deus Ex or No One Lives Forever.The character movements and facial expressions are as good as current PC games.Textures are definitely much more plain, and I don't know if any PS2 games support raytracing and realtime shadows.However, the lighting and smoke effects look better--there's something to be said for standardized hardware.

I'm amazed something the size of a large CD case works as well as it does, and the PS2 has the largest game library of any console.As something to keep going until the PS3 comes out this is great.And from the demos I've seen the PS3 will be as good as or surpass PC games.

The only downside to the PS2 for me is the gamepad is very hard to get used to, especially for precision shooting or navigating.I wish whoever had decided the pad was a good idea would have had the common sense to put a trackball on it, or just gave us a mouse.Anyways, I'm happy wit the PS2 and my billfold isn't going to be as drained as it was playing PC games.

5-0 out of 5 stars Sony PSTwo: The Best Home Video Game System!!!
Hardware:

The New Sony PS2 (PSTwo) does most of what the old PS2 did.
Just like the old PS2, the new PSTwo plays PS1 games, PS2 games, Music CD's, and DVD movies. However the new PS2 has been "trimmed" down drastically. It weighs nearly half of what the old PS2 weighed. Also the new PStwo has built-in Ethernet and Dial-Up ports so you don't have to buy the Network Adaptor. 2 USB ports are also built into the system (like the old PS2).
The IR receiver is also built into the console for the DVD remote sold seperately.

Games:

I used to own an Xbox and the games were horrible because the majority of the games are shooters and sports games. However the PS2 does not have that problem. The PS2 has a huge selection of games from RPG's to Simulation to Action Adventure and more. For starters, I recommend the Greatest Hits games. These are usually the best games available for the system, and they're under $20. Here's a list of my favorite games:

- Gran Turismo 3
- Kingdom Hearts
- Final Fantasy X
- DBZ Budokai 1-3
- ATV Offroad Fury Series

Accessories:

The New PSTwo uses most of the accessories the old PS2 used. However here's a list of accessories that are not compatable with the new PSTwo:

- Old PS2 Multitap (Sony made a new PS2 multitap exclusively for the Slim PStwo.)
- PS2 HDD (Hard Disk Drive) (SORRY FINAL FANTASY XI FANS.)
- Playstation Multitap

Summary:

This is the best home console ever made. However if you like to use the PS2 Hard Drive, get the old PS2. If not, get this one.


2-0 out of 5 stars I was a fan of you
Sony, i was a fan of your ps2. but now for some reason you sold a lot of your great games to microsoft xbox. Maybe you're going out of buisness or something who knows. Sony sold their entire grand theft auto series to xbox, and their max payne series to xbox. So now xbox has grand theft auto, max payne plus halo and halo 2 and half life.

5-0 out of 5 stars kool
ok the slim ps2 is better than the bigger one obviously. The slim one dosent have a slide out thing 2 put the disk in but its not like that really matters.I have nintendo 64,ps1,ps2,
X-box,nintendo DS,psp and soon to come the ps3 and X-box 360.If you cant deside wether to get an X-box or ps2.Get an X-box!
X-box has WAY better graphics. But by now dont because they got new 1's comin out the X-box 360 and the ps3. The ps3 is gonna b
$500 and the 360 is gonna b $300. I would go with the 360 cause its cheaper and the graphics r going to b better.(they r supossed to b lifelike.)And the ps3 they r using a different connection.I mean whats the point if WI-FI is working great whats the point of changing the connection?I know this is supposed to b about the ps2 but i can do what i want.4 those who just skimmed down to the end just relize that all these systems r pretty kool. ... Read more


3. Nintendo DS

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Asin: B00064MUIA
Catlog: Video Games
Publisher: Nintendo
Sales Rank: 69
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Nintendo (NTRSVKBA) Nintendo DS ... Read more

Reviews (607)

2-0 out of 5 stars Okay
Sure the whole touch screen thing is cool. But Nintendo focused on none important things. Whats the point of having a touch screen when the system has 1 good game? This is like a game with good graphics but sucky gameplay. You can have cool features, but if you don't have good games, then it is a waste. PSP is a lot better.

1-0 out of 5 stars DS SUCKS!
look at the title i know that ds came out before psp but think about it IT IS GAY MAKING A PDA A GAMING SYSTEM i mean creative idea i have a ds and i hate it i dont knw why i bought it i mean sure in the future better games are gonna come out o yea and for those kids eviews maybe your saying a ds is more durable than psp BECAUSE YOU CANT HANDLE a psp your gonna break it psp is way better nintendo is cool and all but psp just kicked ds's ass in this contest.

1-0 out of 5 stars DS Sucks!!! PSP Rocks!!!!
If you buy the nintendo DS like I did, you'll regret it. I returned it and bought myself a PSP. Couldn't be happier now.

2-0 out of 5 stars Hmmmm...
I have both a DS and a PSP and I have to say that the DS isn't as great as all these kids are saying.It has an ok design (clamshell) but its real flaw is that the people who have $150-250 to spend are looking for more mature games.I honestly enjoy Mario 64 DS and Tiger Woods, and I'm not saying that the DS is kiddy, but the games need to lose the cartoony look.So far almost all the games have been mini game type games ( EX. Wario Ware, Pac Pix, Polarium, Feel the Magic, etc.)There is yet to be a complete game, story and all, on the DS.Mario doesn't count as it was released 9 YEARS AGO.Spider-Man 2 looks like a Game Boy Advance game.

Now, if you read the previous paragraph and you still want a DS, get Yoshi's Touch and Go.If you want to know why it might be worth your money to go for for a PSP, read on.

PSP is a great system, a good selection of games for kids ( Ape Escape, Hot Shots Golf, Lumines) and adults ( Twisted Metal: Head On, Tony Hawks Underground 2 Remix, and a lot of sports games) Though movies do look amazing, this Isn't why you buy a portable GAMING SYSTEM, and the music feature is flawed, as the transfer is a pain.So, assuming that this is a game-only system, it still is a great choice.It doesn't break like some of the reviewers have said it does when you drop it, and it comes with the sleeve for a reason.If you use the black sleeve the COMES WITH THE SYSTEM the screen won't scratch.There is a solid selection of games and three more come out on June 27th ( Dead to Rights: Reckoning, Midnight Club 3: DUB Edition, and Coded Arms)All three of these games are more adult oriented as the ratings go from E10 to M for those three.Grand Theft Auto is coming out later this summer, and 90 percent of the psp movies out right now are rated PG-13 to R.Well, you make your decision, but I think that it is better to hear about the two systems from someone who has both and uses both.

5-0 out of 5 stars BUY THE DS NOT THE PSP
The DS is a great system. I bought Mario DS for it,it is really fun. So buy the DS. You won't be sorry!!!! ... Read more


4. Game Boy Advance SP Variation Parent

Asin: B000088NFG
Catlog: Video Games
Publisher: Nintendo
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Reviews (87)

5-0 out of 5 stars The COOOOOOLEST THING in the world!
This is so entertaining. This has sooooooo many colors. It is the best ever. If you want to be having fun, buy this, and hurry! P.S. you could miss out on a lot of things.

5-0 out of 5 stars I Love This So Much!
Kids, this is the greatest electronic device worth having. I have a pretty cool one in Surf Blue that I bought with my birthday money back in November two years ago...and I still think this toy is soooo cool! It has over forty games...probably more than one hundred. This is worth every penny you spend...or every eighty dollars. I have the newest game- Mario Party. It works great and the lighting works like a charm! BUY THIS!

5-0 out of 5 stars this thing is outdated, but it's still fun
the GBA SP was a success for nintendo (they rock!!!!) as GBA WAS getting pretty old. this IS A GREAT HANDHELD, but DS IS BETTER. this sysytem plays any GBA, GB, AND GBC games. it also has a light up screen which is great for playing late into the night. so for those of youwho still have a game boy or game boy color, you're missing out on all the fun! and the price is 80 bucks, so go out and buy one NOW!!!!!!!! WELL? WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR!?!?!?!?!? GOGOGOGOGOGOGOGOGOGOGOGOGOGOGO AAND BUY IT.... NO, I MEAN NOW!!!!!!!!!! NOW WHY ARE YOU STILL READIN THIS?!GO AND BUY IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! THIS IIS YOUR FINAL WARNING! GO AND BUY IT NOW! .....3....2....1......0....UHOH, TIMES UP! YOU.....ARE.....DEAD!!!!!!!!!!!

5-0 out of 5 stars Really Cool!
I love this version,Orange and Green. They have never done that in gaming. The graphics are alot better. The Cartidges are smaller(duh everyone knows that). But I perfer the DS. Finnaly, An actullal GameBoy with lightup screen. The controls are in the right place,fold up. It's just not as fun as other systems. It plays GBA,Game Boy Color and even Game Boy. I have a Red one of these. But the Green/Orange idea is one of the best ideas since the DS came out. It's 20.00$ cheaper so buy one now to enjoy the gameplay.

4-0 out of 5 stars THIS ROCKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
This is a must-have. I got one in Easter (2003?).
HITS/MISSES
+ built-in light, with a button to control it.
+ rechargable
+ charge indicator[it disappears when it's charged]
- when using the GBA-GCN link cable, it covers the charger socket
OVERALL:********* ... Read more


5. Electric Blue Nintendo DS Hardware

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Asin: B0009I95T0
Catlog: Video Games
Publisher: Nintendo
Sales Rank: 41
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Nintendo (NTRSBKA) Nintendo DS Electric Blue ... Read more

Features

  • Dual ScreensTwo LCD screens offer one of the most groundbreaking game-play advances ever developed: experiencing a game from two perspectives at once. Imagine the possibilities. In a racing game, drivers might see their own vehicle's perspective on one screen and an overall track view on the other. In a role-playing game, the action could take place on the first screen while the second provides a reference for a player's tools inventory. Game play also could use both screens at once, offer
  • Touch ScreenThe lower screen will offer something never before provided by any game device: PDA-like touch capabilities. Players no longer have to rely on just buttons to move characters org effects and cel shading.
  • SoundThe 16-channel sound allows for greatly expanded use of voices and music, and a richer, more immersive game experience. A plug for headphones transmits stereo sound.
  • Battery & Power ManagementThe battery is rechargeable and the unit features a low-energy-consumption design. The DS also has Power Management functions of Sleep mode and Standby mode. In Sleep mode, players can stop and resume game play whenever they like. If the user receives a message from a friend or user nearby, DS activates itself from Standby mode.

Reviews (6)

5-0 out of 5 stars the best hand held game
my son adam enjoyed this hand held game. he rather play the ds than the psp.

5-0 out of 5 stars Double the Screens for Double the Fun
The Nintendo DS is truly a great gaming system. I will rate it in five categories below.

Graphics - This is one of the low points if you are comparing it to the psp, but if you play games like metroid prime hunters, these graphics are truly amazing, but other games are just sticking with the 2d so i'll give this a 4.

4/5


Innovativeness (Creativity)

The DS will let you experience gameplay in a way that you never have. Whether it's with the two screens, or the touch screens. It give you a new way to play games.

5/5


Games / Software

The games for the DS right now aren't the best, but by the end of the year, we'll will have tons of great games such as Nintendogs, Metroid Prime Hunters, Kirby, Mario and Luigi 2, New Super Mario Bros, 007 Rogue Agent, and Mario kart DS, plus the games that are already out like Wario Ware Touched, and Super Mario 64. You can also play any gameboy advance game you want to play making the game library over 500 games already. A zelda game is sure to come out too, possibly a remake of Ocirana of Time, which is arguably one of the best game ever made, next to Final Fantasy VII. A super smash bros. game might come out too.

5/5


Online Capabilities

Nintendo is going to have a free wirless service for the end of 2005. The first game to use it will be Mario Kart DS. This means you could live in St. Louis Missouri, and race against somebody in Orlando, Florida with out hooking any thing up, but for those that aren't in bigger cities, they can just hook there ds up to a modem. And all of this will be free, according to the Magazine Nintendo Power.

5/5


Extra Features

The Ds has so many extra features. These include the two screens, the touch screen, gameboy advance capabilities, it will hook up with the nintendo revolution wirlessly, clock and alarm, calendar, personalizations, pictochat, and the whole new online system.

5/5

Overall 4.8, rounds up to 5 Stars

Great System

5/5

5-0 out of 5 stars DS better than the rest !!!!!!!!!!!
The new ds rules, you get cooler games, and even way more style, my dad thinks it is a handheld compututor

5-0 out of 5 stars Finnaly!
It's about time the DS has a new color. If you buy this blue one,let me recommend some games you should pick

Pac Pix:No
SM64 DS: Double yes
Retro Atari Classics: Yes
Polarium: Half in half

5-0 out of 5 stars A Q Toy!
This thing is truly amazing! So many special games, so much Q! Anyone without a brain stem would buy this game! So buy it! ... Read more


6. Sony PlayStation 2
list price: $179.99
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Asin: B0000C7GHG
Catlog: Video Games
Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment
Sales Rank: 151
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

The PlayStation2 is equipped with a 128-bit Emotion Engine processor that enables lightning-fast gameplay and impressive graphics power. The console builds on its home entertainment value by doubling as a DVD player and accommodating most of the original PlayStation's vast library of games. PS2 is known for its excellent selection of titles for the older gamer. ... Read more

Features

  • Lightning-fast gameplay
  • Backward-compatible with PlayStation games
  • Includes console and 1 controller
  • Plays DVDs
  • 128-bit Emotion Engine processor

Reviews (416)

5-0 out of 5 stars GREAT CONSOLE
Between the Nintendo GameCube,XBox and PlayStation 2,PS2 is the best because you can play any PlayStation 1 game(you can`t save them with a PS2 Mem. Card you need a PS1 card) you can play D.V.D.s or C.D.s you have some of the games have OL play(Online)it also has good graphics,good sound abilities and uses the PS1 controller,which is the heaviest but easiest controller to use.XBox was great for graphics,online play and that you could put your own sound tracks in some of the games.GameCube was great because it has smooth graphics,and some excellent games that all could have fun with.
PlayStation 2`s Best Selling game was 2002s Grand Theft Auto:Vice City which i have completed myself a dozen times.
PlayStation 2 has been the best of the 3 consoles and more expensive by £/$ 20-50 but its "generation" is gonna change in 2006 with the Sony PlayStation 3,MicroSoft XBox 360 & Nintendo Revolution making their debut and they will have the SpotLight and the WWE SmackDown! series(PlayStation) will no longer be officialy for PS2 or the Grand Theft Auto games unless they make one at the end of the year plus other gamesand one day PS2,XB&GC will be defunct just like the PlayStation 1,N64 & DreamCast.PS2 Will always be a fun console even though it beginning to crumble in sales and games.
psi heard there will be a The GetaWay 3 coming out on PlayStation 3(is there realy any point apart from that Sony are gunna create it).

5-0 out of 5 stars Works great as a DVD player too!
I'm gonna be completely honest. I bought this more as a DVD player than for the games! Is that weird?But it works to wonderfully, no second thoughts at all. I've had it for almost 3 years now and I love it!I do play a few games on it and have never had any problem with it's performance.It's a great item to so both. Save the $$$ and get this for both your movie and gaming needs!

5-0 out of 5 stars The Greatest Console Ever!
Playstation 2 is the best console in the world - if you don't believe me buy one and see! There are so many extras in the world of Playstation 2 like singstar, eye toy, as well as exculsive PS2 games. And there is already the newer design to the PS2, it's called the Slimline, it's the size of a DVD case, seriously. And what makes it better is that Playstation 3 will be coming out next year!

1-0 out of 5 stars Don't buy this!
The playstation 2 console is a great machine for video games... until the warrenty runs out!After that it breaks down, has disk error and everything else.Save your money and buy the XBOX 360!!!!!

5-0 out of 5 stars CRAAAAP mine broke
one christsmas my family received a ps2(yr 2000)it broke for no reason x-mas 2003 its been a yr and a half since then any way after it broke i was crushed I have no clue wy but i abandonded
sony and got a gc (booooo)big mistake i loved it at first for like 2 months but now it just sits there on my shelf (I cant find a good deal to sell the thing)but in the last yr i have been saving up my money i would have bought a ps2 by now but no
I want my return to the loyalty of sony gaming to be big I am going towards a bigger prize im going to get the... the... the... ps3 yes you heard me the ps3 i would have gotten the psp but its games arent doing well i will give it a year before i buy it( the psp) but any way by all the money ill have by then
i am going to get the ps3 one cotroller a memory card(if the rumor about a certain sony hardrive doesnt work out as planned)
the best launch title(s) and the newest in the dynasty warriors series (that is my most favorite game when my ps2 broke i had all characters all secret weapons all forces all secrets all every thing) tip:sighn up for psm its the greatest tells you stuff way before it comes out (I knew of god of war 3 yrs before release and the psp and ps3 3 yrs ago) any way I hope to see you in socom 3( I know from psm) online or on 25 to life or the godfather wich has snoop dogg in it(snoop dogg in 1930's ?) anyway see you losers ive got ps3 cash to earn and and games to get. ... Read more


7. CH Products Pro Rudder Pedals USB
by CH PRODUCTS
list price: $159.99
our price: $94.04
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Asin: B0000512IE
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: CH PRODUCTS
Sales Rank: 455
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

PRO PEDALS® USB version (P\N 300-111) features a forward/backward slide motion for real simulation flying. A pivot movement of each pedal work as differential braking (toe brakes) as well as gas and brake control for racing simulators.

CH Products is actively working with the producers of all the new flight sim software to bring you something special this year. Add the 3 axes USB Pro Pedals to the 5 Axes USB Flight Sim Yoke and you have a level of control others only dream about. You want the best, get CH Products

  • Sliding motion of forward/backward gives rudder input for the "yaw" axis.
  • Heel-toe motion gives differential toe braking control.
  • Three axes of control
  • Plane or car simulator control
  • Seven foot cable
  • USB interface
  • Toe Brakes tested and fully functional in the "Fly!" flight simulator (PC Version) with Flight Sim Yoke LE USB.
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Features

  • USB interface
  • Sliding motion of forward/backward gives rudder input for the "yaw" axis
  • Heel-toe motion gives differential toe braking control
  • Three axis of control, plane or car simulator control
  • Seven foot cable

Reviews (11)

5-0 out of 5 stars GREAT
Really great pedals!!!Make sure you get CH;s yoke.A MUST!The only thing is that the rudder pedals are really sensitive and do not require much moving in FS2004 in the air.Overall: Best of the Best!

5-0 out of 5 stars If you are a serious flight-sim fan, you must have these!
I use this product with Microsoft Flight Simulator 2004 and have no problem with it. As a licensed pilot, these are possibly the best add-on I have ever bought to make my PC feel more like the real thing.

I don't know about using them for driving sims as a brake and accelerator ( I have a Logitech Wingman FF wheel that I use for that) But for flying sims, these are great.

A must have for any die-hard flight sim fan!

5-0 out of 5 stars excellent but doesn't work in space sims at all
Thier are so many versions of the same CH device that it's hard to review the right one.Thier are actually two versions of these rudder peddals.No rudder peddal on a separate USB port will support space sims.This is for airplanes only.It is a shame it could not be for both as quite a lot of people like both airplanes and space sims.The best way to use this is in MS Flight Sim 04's jet airliners.No other game supports the left AND right toe brake configuration.

5-0 out of 5 stars Realism
If you want realism, you can't get enough from just a joystick. These pedals are not just ordinary pedals. You will be amazed when you use these for flight simulator. They help me make those long banks, and now I can even taxi successfully onto the runway. The brake feature only makes these pedals better. When I first plugged the pedals into my computer, they were installed right away! If you like flight simulator, don't leave an experience like this behind you.

5-0 out of 5 stars CH's Rudder Peddels Work Great!!!
If you like to fly than CH can provide great products for Flight Sim pc games. I was amazed that you could buy these $51.00 cheaper then at any store! CH provides for you great working rudder peddels. You have amazing taxing control on ground and good control in the air. I ordered my Peddles with Free Shipping and as promised, they came 5 days.
The first time I tried them, as said before worked great! I released the barking brakes and moved the throttle forward. I was really bad with the peddles at first but I got the hang of it. They're really easy to slide back and forth and the toe brakes are easy to push.
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8. Logitech MX518 Gaming Optical Mouse - Metal
by Logitech
list price: $39.99
our price: $40.84
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Asin: B0007Z1M50
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Logitech
Sales Rank: 171
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

If youre going to play at the highest level, you need a mouse that gives you an edge. The Logitech® MX™ 518 Gaming-Grade™ Optical Mouse does exactly that with its ultra-high resolution, 1600-dpi MX™ Optical Engine that delivers lightning-fast response and mirror-smooth tracking.

The MX™ 518s advantages dont stop there. You get instant, in-game sensitivity adjustment that lets you switch effortlessly from pixel-precise targeting to fast-twitch acceleration, without any software. And the contoured grip ensures peak performance and comfort, even during the most intense gaming sessions.

Play to win dominate the game with the MX™ 518!

Features
  • Award-winning Logitech® MX™ Optical Engine
  • In-game sensitivity switching to 1,600, 800, and 400-dpi resolution
  • 5.8 megapixel/second image processing
  • Up to 15 g of acceleration
  • Expanded 16-bit data format supports blazing fast moves with pure precision System Requirements
  • Advanced gaming software, exclusive to Gaming-Grade™ mice, for up to five custom sensitivity settings
  • Super-slick gaming feet for effortless, precise tracking
  • Contoured grip ensures peak performance and comforteven in the most intense gaming sessions
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Features

  • Sensitivity Adjustment - Dedicated controls to switch “on-the-fly” from pixel-precise targeting to fast-twitch evasive moves.
  • Advanced software - Battle-tune your MX™ 518 with up to five custom sensitivity settings.
  • Superior grasp - Sculpted thumb support and contoured grip for incredible comfort during even the longest gaming sessions.
  • 1,600-dpi resolution - Ultra-high resolution, 1600dpi MX™ Optical Engine delivers pixel precise tracking.

Reviews (6)

5-0 out of 5 stars This Mouse WORKS with Macs
Please ignore any comments stated that this mouse will not work with Macs.I'm currently running 10.4.1 (Tiger... the latest OS for the Mac) and it is working fine.I have all 6 buttons (I know it says it's an 8 button mouse but 2 of them are for the dpi control) working with expose and dashboard.I ABSOLUTELY love the dpi on the fly.It's nice for sniping in FPS games and just having more control over the sensitivity on the fly.I highly recommend this mice for any Mac gamer.The ONLY thing that doesn't work with the Mac that comes in the box is the software.Other than that it's smooth sailing.Enjoy and have fun!

5-0 out of 5 stars Gaming mouse goodness
This mouse from Logitech is the best mouse for gaming I have ever used. The ability to change dpi on the fly is a great advantage for many games. Especially first person shooters. Very comfortable, easy setup. Highly recommend this product. Price I received from Amazon was less expensive than several sellers I found. Tim

5-0 out of 5 stars MX 518 Rules!
I have tested a lot of gaming mice over the years. I play FPS games and have been doing so for many years. Over the years have used Razer, Microsoft and Logitech. I have to say that this is the best mouse Logitech has ever produced for gaming. I love the feel of the button clicks, like the fact that you can change the sensitivity levels without any drivers. This seems to be a winner!

5-0 out of 5 stars Superior Gaming mouse and excellent mouse overall
I like this mouse a lot. With the right mouse pad (a Microthin Wow!Pad from Office Depot), this mouse glides beautifully, never seen one better. The main buttons are easy to push (only Microsoft does this right also). The forward and back side buttons are a little small but work fine. The scroll wheel is not as nice as the MS Intellimouse 4 as it still clicks and isharder to roll. Never used the tilt wheel on the MS mouse. It is gaming where this mouse shines. The mouse tracks no matter how fast I move the mouse. The mouse never sleeps so it always responds perfectly. Frankly, I have not yet found any use that I needed to change the mouse resolution (i.e. speed) but in trials that is easy to do.
Feel is good, middleto small sized so fits most of my family. Cord is thin and a little stiff so it does not always lay completely flat (I have not found on that did). Very lightweight. Contoured nicely to fit the cupped hand.
Worked with Win XP as soon as I plugged it in, drivers and program loaded with no hassle.
Nice job, Logitech!

1-0 out of 5 stars BEWARE: MX518 is not Mac compatible!!!
As a proud owner of the MX510 (which I love), I wanted to have the latest and greatest edition! I assumed that the MX518 would be Macintosh compatible, but alas it is not and I was sorely disappointed when I bought one! This is the first time I have heard of a Logitech mouse not working with the Mac. Message to Logitech: PLEASE FIX THIS so that Mac users like me can use the MX518! At the very least, PLEASE MARK THE BOX VERY CLEARLY THAT THIS IS NOT MACINTOSH COMPATIBLE. ... Read more


9. PS2 Driving Force Gran Turismo
by Logitech
list price: $149.99
our price: $114.99
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Asin: B0000DC64H
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Logitech
Sales Rank: 940
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Feel the road with incredible detail when at the wheel of the Driving Force Pro! This ultra-realistic steering wheel uses force feedback technology to produce the most authentic driving experience. Easy-grip rubber wheel turns 900° or a full 2.5 times just like a real car. For non-900° mode games, wheel automatically shifts to standard 200° mode. An exclusive carpet grip system keeps gas and brake foot pedals firmly in place. Other features include advanced rack and pinion steering, sequential stick shifter and optical sensing for steering control. Compatible with PlayStation 2. Comes with steering wheel, gas and brake pedals, power supply and user manual. Imported. ... Read more

Features

  • Sequential stick shifter, wheel-mounted paddle shifters, and a full set of PlayStation® buttons give you all the control you need
  • Comfortable, full rubber wheel realistically turns 2-1/2 times lock-to-lock. See a list of games that support 900 Degree Steering mode.
  • Automatically switches to 200 Degree Steering compatibility mode to work with other racing games
  • State-of-the-art force feedback technology lets you feel all the action
  • Textured floorboard features responsive gas and brake pedals and exclusive no-slip carpet grip system

Reviews (40)

4-0 out of 5 stars A GT4 Requirement....
Just my opinion...if you've been playing GT4 without it, you're going to have re-learn driving it. Steering feel is good, but I do have a few minor complaints. The brake and gas pedals do not have enough resistance -- it feels fake. Also, the shifter and the paddle shifters does not have enough "mechanical-resistance-precision". They are easy to double-click. The paddle shifters are located on the steering wheel, not steering column. You can be fumbling for the shifters during and/or after a turn. Finally, I wish there was a way to adjust the angle of the pedals. They seem way too upright for me making difficult to control gas and brake input (I place towel under mine).

So, in summary, it's not perfect, but there's nothing out there that comes close to it.

5-0 out of 5 stars A nice solid wheel

I'm a wheel newbie, but I liked the looks of this wheel when I saw it in a local retail store.It's very well made and solid, and includes gas/brake pedals and a +/- gearshift as well.The diameter of the wheel is a bit small, but it doesn't really detract from the experience.Besides, I've noticed Indycar wheels are small.

The wheel is a little hard to turn, feels like manual steering.But you get used to it quickly.I'd rather have some resistance instead of just a freely-spinning wheel anyway.The force feedback effects are great.In Grand Turismo 3 when your car is going close to it's limit, you can feel the car lose adhesion to the road and pull left and right irregularly.If you pop over a hill and go airbourne for a second you can realistically feel the wheel lose turning resistance.

Burnout 3 and Grand Turismo 3 are a BLAST with this wheel.

Here are my tips:

1.You must have a table or similar surface to mount it to.Something flat and around 2 or 3 inches thick and sturdy, I would guess.You cannot hold it in your lap.I've got mine mounted to a wooden chair turned sideways for now, not an ideal setup but still fun nonetheless.
2.Plug it in the top USB port on your PS2, otherwise some games will only want to use it for player 2.I don't think the picture "manual" tells you that.
3.This wheel also works on a Windows PC.Download drivers at http://www.wingmanteam.com/I'm not clear whether force feedback can/will work on a PC but I tried it in Need for Speed Hot Pursuit 2 with good results.I've heard you can get the 900 degree mode working in a PC but haven't got that far yet.
4.You'll need to plug in the wheel to a standard electric outlet, so plan for that.

5-0 out of 5 stars Very Nice
I bought this wheel a couple of months ago.I have to say that I really like it.I don't believe that it made me any better at gran turismo, but it makes a lot of the races more fun.I mostly enjoy using it when I'm confident that I'll win a race.It's also fun when I feel like I want to be "really into" the race.

The force feedback is great.The feel of the wheel is great.The pedals are a little close together and I wish the pedal base was a bit heavier, but no biggie.I tend to hold the base still with my left foot, while using it with my right.I love the fact that the controls are also on the wheel so I don't have to pick up my control pad for certain things.Overall, this has to be the best wheel on the market and great fun for the hardcore gamer.

4-0 out of 5 stars Nice wheel with unique multiturn feature
Being a gadget lover, I decided to upgrade my Logitech Formula Force GP wheel to the well-reviewed Driving Force Pro. The bottom line is that the DFP is indeed a big step up, with 900 degree steering support, additional side shifter and better feedback effects. It also feels more rugged, though it is still all plastic.

This wheel is marketed as a Playstation2 accessory, but it does work under Windows, and that is half the reason I bought it. Just install the Logitech drivers and plug it in, no special tricks required. Currently I don't know of any Windows games which support 900 degree steering, but hopefully we'll see some eventually. For now, the DFP is working great for Richard Burns Rally in 200 degree mode. It still provides better feel (and more buttons) than the good old FFGP. It's also great with Gran Turismo 4 and Need for Speed 2: Underground on the PS2, which both support 900 degree steering.

Unfortunately, the DFP still suffers from a mediocre clamping system--not that this is the only wheel to be so afflicted. The clamps don't open quite as wide as I would like either, which made it hard to attach to my desk. As others have recommended, I suggest a using a TV tray.

If you are in the market for your first wheel, this is a very good choice, especially if you want something that works for Windows and the PS2. If you already have a wheel you like, this would only be worth the upgrade if you are a real driving nut.

By the way, this would have been a 5-star review if the DFP had a clutch pedal.

5-0 out of 5 stars Very good.
I had borrowed a Logitech WingMan Formula Force GP from a friend to see if I like it. One week later I was looking for the best. I now have the Logitech Driving Force Pro. It is very nice. It feels better in your hand and all the controls that are on the controllers are there. The gear knob is place close to the wheel so that your hand can easily change the gear with out leaving the wheel. If you don't like that, you have the paddles under the wheel. The foot peddles are nice and the pad grips to the rug very good.

The only thing that I thing should have been done is to place a colour band around the top of the steering wheel. This allows you to check that your wheel is centre when wrapping with the 900 degrees turning during a rally. I sometimes get lost and have to look down to see which way it is pointing.

VERY VERY GOOD!!
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10. Nintendo GameCube Console - Variation

Asin: B0007YFY1O
Catlog: Video Games
Publisher: Nintendo
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Reviews (488)

5-0 out of 5 stars this is outdated, but fun!!!!
the GC was the best console from nintendo by far. and i mean THE best! most of the people i know have a GC and if u dont hav one yet, buy it! there are many great game franchises comin out for GC in 2005-2006, like the legend of zelda : the twilight princess, and a NEW GBA is comin out! and theres more, so come and buy one now!!!!!!!! note: i highly recommend anyone to put this on their wish list. period.

5-0 out of 5 stars You are right and wrong 1 star folks
Okay,I agree with you,this system is sort of childish. But the what you call "childish games" are suppose to be fun for adults. Let me give you some examples.

Mario Kart: Double Dash!!: My mom loves this game!

Super Monkey Ball: Fun for all ages (and adults)

There's millions and millions of examples,too much.


Now that I've told you why you are wrong,let me tell why you are right. Okay,I goota admit,there is didly squat of rated M games,and Rated T games are like rated E. Overall,this system is great. I'd reccomend it. If you have have some extra cashola,buy the best system of the year,DS. Make sure to get SM64 DS as well.

P.S X-Box and PS2 sulks,I like Play Station better then the newies.

5-0 out of 5 stars the affordable gamecube
Today I finally purchased a gamecube from a local retailer on sale for just 97$ w/ a free game, Metroid Prime 2(50$ game currently). I figured I then only paid 47$ for the system itself adding in the bundle. (I really wanted the metroid 2 echoes game too) I chose the metallic "platinum" color over the ugly plain jane black one. For me nintendo has far too many kiddie games and just a couple I'd be interested in, but my wife and kid like all the kiddie stuff and I already own an XBOX & PS2 that have more games for the teen/adult gamer. The 3 systems will entertain our family until the hype ends over the upcoming "next-gen" systems (Revolution, 360, & PS3)and they have price drops into 100-150$ each and have 20$ games available as well. If you get a gamecube I'd suggest adding the 1019 memory card for it(30$) and also an S-Video cable from monster cable. I really like the compact size of the gamecube, but I don't really care for the akward styling of it's controller very much, the N64's controller was pretty weird too w/ it's "3rd leg". It's also nice to see nintendo finally using discs instead of old-school cartridges. I was considering a Nintendo DS, but I couldn't justify spending more for a portable system w/ less powerful graphics than a highly rated home console like the gamecube. Maybe the DS will have a price drop down to what the advantage costs now(80$). The PSP is way too overpriced for me to even consider it and it's weak battery life and fragile LCD are major drawbacks to me. Anyways I'm happy w/ my decision, the gamecube is a quality system and you can get a system and games cheap now.

5-0 out of 5 stars Best system
This is the best system currently out. It has all the classics and is more fun than the other systems.

5-0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended.
Any fan of the Nintendo 64 needs this console to add more depth and knowlegde to their already large collection of games. I highly recommended a Gamecube for any fan. And soon the Gamecube Revolution will be released making another ultimate console due out in the future. ... Read more


11. CH Products Pro Pedals USB And IL-2 Sturmovik Software - Bundle
by CH PRODUCTS
list price: $189.90
our price: $112.09
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Asin: B00007JQLY
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: CH PRODUCTS
Sales Rank: 3269
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Product Description

If it's realism you're after, step into CH USB Pro Pedals. With differential toe brake support and a gas / break function, these pedals can take you from the airfield right down to the racetrack. Don't forget to buckle up! ... Read more

Features

  • Plane or car simulator control
  • Windows 98, 2000, XP, ME, iMac, or Mac (with USB port) compatible
  • Sliding motion of forward/backward gives rudder input for the "yaw" axis
  • Heel-toe motion gives differential toe braking control
  • Three axis of control

12. Saitek X52 Flight Control System
by Saitek
list price: $129.99
our price: $113.99
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Asin: B00030GSJY
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Saitek
Sales Rank: 811
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

The most fully integrated PC Flight Control System

  • Precision engineering, ergonomic design and a detailed fusion of features deliver maximum aeronautical authenticity.
  • Advanced programming provided by Saitek Smart Technology (SST) software
  • Enhanced game play through intuitive Multi-Function display (MFD)
  • Illuminated buttons and MFD - ideal for low light environments
  • Rubber grips and ergonomic design for increased comfort and fatigue-free gaming
  • Part metal construction for increased durability and authenticity
  • Includes Roger Wilco Chat software - the ideal accompaniment for on-line multiplayer gaming
Joystick
  • Precision centering mechanism, non-contact technology on X and Y axes and constant spring force reduce free play, improve control and increase durability
  • 2-stage metal trigger; 2 primary buttons in 1 convenient position
  • 4 fire buttons including missile launcher with spring-loaded safety cover for instant access
  • Conveniently positioned metal pinkie switch provides shift functionality to double up on programmable commands
  • 2 X 8-way Hat Switches
  • 3D rudder twist
  • 3-position rotary mode selector switch with LED indicators
  • 3 spring-loaded, base-mounted toggle switches for up to 6 programmable flight commands
  • 5-position handle adjustment system to suit all hand sizes
Throttle
  • Progressive throttle with tension adjustment, detents for afterburner and idle
  • 2 fire buttons
  • Scroll wheel with built-in button
  • Mouse controller / hat switch with left mouse buttonl
  • 8-way hat switch
  • 2 x rotary controls
  • Smooth-action slider control
  • Clutch button initiates safe mode’ to allow on-the-fly profile selection, or to display button functionality
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Features

  • Illuminated buttons and enhanced gameplay through intuitive LCD Multi-Function Display.
  • Program your controller for each game using the powerful Smart Technology software.3 mode settings and cool-touch metal pinkie switch provide enhanced programming options.
  • Precision centering mechanism; no contact technology on X and Y axes and constant spring force improve control and increase durability.
  • 5 position handle adjustment system to suit all hand sizes with soft-touch, contoured grip for maximum gaming comfort.
  • Progressive throttle with resistance adjustment and detents for afterburner and idle.

Reviews (8)

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent
We can't compare this stick to Thrustmaster really because their stuff now is garbage.Thrustmaster pretty much forced Suncom (maker of the fab F-15 series) out of business with lawsuits claiming the newcomer was infringing on their patents to produce "realistic" flight sticks.Then we now have a monopoly on the supposedly authentic stuff which has produced crap like The Cougar.Thanks Thrustmaster!Then there's CH Products...good, smooth, but ugly, expensive, and low resistence.Saitek has been making these strange looking, possibly gimmick-rich products for a while.I think they've finally created a near ultimate HOTAS with the X52.

Clearly if you don't like twist rudders on the stick (as the real Comanche has) then you need to buy some pedals (everyone raves about CH's).But the throttle alone on this Saitek is worth the price.X-Plane and Longbow Anthology (when it works, which is rarely...might have to partition Win '95 spot for it) love this system.Every trim control and slider is recognized in X-Plane.In Longbow 1/2 I have most of the flight and cockpit commands in just one main mode and its pinkie mode.I'll save another mode and its pinkie equivolent for campaign comm stuff.That still leaves two more modes on this thing.Amazing.It's a bit of a headache programming it, but not from the standpoint of design.There's so much you can do with it that it's easy to get overwhelmed with where to put what command.Then you realize you could put such and such on a pinkie shift mode and move it over to the next button, yadda yadda yadda.It'll take hours unless you sit down and plan out your programming strategy ahead of time.But it pays off.Oh, and the mouse stick on the throttle works fine.I'm using it right now to surf the net since my Viewsonic optical was DOA (with no warranty, instructions, 800-number...unbelievable).I don't want to take my hands off the controls to retract flaps and gear after just taking off in an F-4...it's the easiest moment to stall.

My first gripe is that the twist rudder is a little weak on the spring to the right, but I set a significant deadspot in the control panel configuration to prevent me from accidentally yawing when I don't want to.Also, I haven't managed to get the toggles or the fire button to recognize pinkie shifts.For instance, I wanted engine offs and weapons jetison to be toggles+pinkie, with the fire+pinkie as master arm.It doesn't work with that, in Longbow Anthology, at least.But I need the keyboard nearby for a variety of other commands anyway, so it's not a big deal.I leave master arm on, I just wanted the neat effect of switching to it on the fly.There's nothing quite like having laser designator on a stick button to trigger one or two seconds before a hellfire impact, though.The lower hat on the stick does tend to get flipped occasionaly, but I put all my target next/previous/best/close on it.That makes it less of an issue.

The stick is adjustable to your handsize (my first adjustment that seemed perfect actually was too cramped) and it feels well built.I completely discount any complaints that the stick is too easy to tip over or has too much range of motion.If you're not strapping, taping, tying or otherwise attaching them to something, then you're an idiot.You should do that with any HOTAS.Even with my old Playstation I had the Flight Force Pro throttle and stick tied to the flat arms of a wooden deck chair with wrapping present ribbon/string.Couch throw pillows, queen size pillow, and standard pillow made great cushions.You can get a whole flight seat set up with just stuff around the house or from the local department store.Friends would freak out seeing me with Gunship 2000, Ace Combat 2, Colony Wars, and Star Fighter with that setup.Like I said, if you don't do twist rudders, buy pedals.If you don't like the stick, buy a CH one.The throttle is probably the best out there.I like the Saitek how it is and for the price you're getting stick and rudder for free when the only thing left on the market anymore that can compete with this is CH at $100 per item.I'm thrilled with my purchase.

2-0 out of 5 stars x45 > x52
I've owned the x45 HOTAS for almost a year since I decided to finally try the x52.Don't get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with the x45, I just got a little curious about the x45's older brother.

Here are my observations comparing the two HOTAS: x45 vs. x52

* x45 - Buttons/Hats were a little hard to reach with smaller hands on the stick, but I actually prefer the rocker switch for rudder control located on the throttle.I only wish it was designed better and more ergonomically.It felt weird for me to pull on the stick on the x52 and have to rotate the it for rudder control as more often than not I find myself rotating the stick inadvertently.Stability sucks while playing games, it's just not heavy/stable enough to keep from tipping often.SOLUTION: I've fabricated a bracket out of wood and steel to solve this.Solid as a rock on my chair or desk!Heavy as a rock though... =0(

* x52 - Buttons/Hats are easier to reach on the stick, but having the rudder twist on the stick is a drawback for me.I'd rather use the rocker on the throttle or rudder pedals.More available modes are nice, but I've honestly never run out of buttons on the x45.Stability sucks while playing games, it's just not heavy/stable enough to keep from tipping over.Fabricating a bracket to mount on would solve this.The x52 just feels much bigger than the x45.It's a little uncomfortable moving the stick around because of its size, but the huge deadzone in the stick seems to be the biggest drawback for me.Can't seem to solve it with software either...

Unfortunately, I will be returning the x52 after only a few weeks of use and going back to my trusty x45.It looks cooler than the x45, feels better, but functionality has not been improved for me.Biggest drawbacks of the x52 are as follows (in order of importance):

1) Huge deadzone that can't be compromised with software.My x45 doesn't exhibit this flaw.
2) Rudder twist on the stick rather than a rocker switch.I would have preferred that they improved upon the x45's rocker switch on the throttle on the x52.
3) The HOTAS just "seems" much bigger when I'm playing.It's a little uncomfortable how tall the stick is and how much I have to throw it around for fast game playing.

Anyways, my $0.02.Have fun with whatever HOTAS you end up going with.I happen to love the fact that I paid $64.98 for my x45 on amazon, less than half what I paid for the x52.In my case, the x45 is simply a much better buy for what I got.But whatever the case, go test drive first.See what works for you!Just make sure you can return either for a refund.

4-0 out of 5 stars shortages
I LIKE THE FEATURES ON THE X52. HOWEVER I FIND IT DIFFICULT TO USE THE TWIST RUDDER AND COMBINATIONS OF BUTTONS NEEDED TO KEEP INFORMATION OR A TARGET IN VIEW. THE GRIP ALSO FORCES ME TO MAKE A LOT OF LEFT TURNS BECAUSE WRISTS DO NOT BEND BACK AS EASILY AS THEY TURN IN. IN SHORT THIS WOULD BE A GREAT JOYSTICK WITH THE ADDITION OF A RUDDER ROCKER OPTION OR REPLACE THE TWIST GRIP. I HAVE AN X 52 BUT HAVE GONE BACK TO AN X45.

3-0 out of 5 stars Great idea, bad implementation
To be honest, I really like my x52 and plan to keep using it.However it could be so much better because of a few problems.

Problem #1, can't recalibrate.You'ld think some program that came with the 52 would be able to recalibrate the joystick, but no, it requires editing registry settings in regedit.Fine for a guy that knows computers but a bit advanced for others.

Problem #2, a lot of people are experiancing a huge dead-zone that is apparantly a hardware, not a software issue.Please read the forums at saitek for this issue at
saitekforum.com/showthread.php?t=6176

Problem #3, the mouse wheel does not work.See this thread at the saitek forums for more info.
saitekforum.com/showthread.php?t=6264

Possible problem #1, the stick is HUGE, and this size gets some getting used to.It feels like you have to throw the stick back and forth because it is so tall

Possible problem #2, the response curve for the joystick is different than for other joysticks.I've heard that the curve is linear instead of logarithmic.I don't know if this is true, but you have to adjust your in-game settings in order to get this stick to feel like others (In Pacific-Fighters, which is what I play, this means sliding all the sliders for the joystick responses way up).Furthermore, there is no Saitek utility to edit this response curve, if there isn't an in-game joystick response option page in your favorite game, you're stuck with what you're given here.

There are other problems posted by users at the Saitek forums, but I have not experianced them personally.My recomendation is to read through the forums and see if you can handle the risk involved in getting the stick.

My subjective conclusion: great idea and design, but it lacks quality assurance.

5-0 out of 5 stars Best joystick I have ever owned
The last joystick I have own was the Logitech Extreme 3D Pro.That thing seems like nothing compared to this.The picture you see at Amazon makes it seem like it is very small, but it is a pretty good size.
I don't know what this jotsick could be without the throttle. It brings out the full effect of the X52.The stick is what makes it thought.It takes awhile to get used to because it is so easy to turn.When I saw all the the fire buttons and everything on this I said to myself "Man, I need Combat Flight Simulator for this thing".
There is a button on the throttle that acts like your mouse.When you are in the middle of a flight of you can use that button on your throttle, instead of taking your hand of of the joystick to use it.I thought it was a really handy feature. I can't even start to name everything you can do with this.
The way it looks really boosts the rating.When I plugged it in the my 2.0 USB port, and I looked at it, basically everything was glowing blue.It was the coolest thing I have ever seen!It might seem funny for me being a pilot getting a joystick because it looks cool, but you have to give it some credit for that.
I was at Best Buy one day and I saw the X45.I pulled the throttle back on it, and it wouldnt stay in place.I went to Saitek's website and I noticed that they had a different model, the X52.I saw the features and I saw that this one had suction cups!So none of you have to worry about the problem the X45 had.
I hope my review was helpful and I would highly recommend this product, "Saitek X52"
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13. Sony PSP Fun Pack

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Asin: B0009AI0B2
Catlog: Video Games
Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment
Sales Rank: 3418
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Product Description

Ape Escape: On the LooseFamily-friendly Ape Escape for the PSP will feature multiplayer functionality and a wide variety of mini-games for all ages.When a trouble-making monkey named Specter gets hold of the Professor's Peak Point Helmet, chaos ensues.The powerful device, which can increase a human's intelligence, has a disastrous effect on Spector, transforming him from a sweet, mischievous monkey to a power-hungry monster who has his heart set on ruling the world.The adventure begins ... Read more

Features

  • Sony PSP Specifications and Features:
  • Dimensions: Approximately 6.7 in (W) x .9 in (H) x 2.9 in (D)
  • Weight: .62 lbs (including battery)
  • CPU: Proprietary PSP CPUApe Escape: On the Loose
  • Ability to capture over 200 monkeys

14. Logitech Cordless Rumblepad 2 Vibration Feedback Gamepad
by Logitech
list price: $39.99
our price: $29.44
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Asin: B0002XJBGE
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Logitech
Sales Rank: 572
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Experience freedom and eliminate clutter with the Logitech Cordless Rumblepad 2. Features 2.4 GHz of cordless performance with a 30-foot range; high-speed data transfer for precise control with no lag; dual vibration feedback motors allows you to feel all the hits, crashes, and explosions; 10 programmable action buttons plus mode and vibration selectors and 8-way D-pad; two analog sticks with smooth 360° control; and 100 hours of battery life. System requirements: Windows 98 and Mac OS and above. Imported. 3-1/2Wx8Lx8-1/2H". ... Read more

Features

  • 2.4 GHz Cordless Performance with 30-foot Range
  • 100 hours of battery life
  • Dual vibration feedback motors
  • Familiar button layout
  • Analog control

Reviews (7)

5-0 out of 5 stars These are truly the best gamepads for the PC, >EVER<

I was very skeptical about these at first. They looked cheap and I was not sure how long it was going to last. Let me tell you, they are great!

I purchased two of them to play the new Lego Star Wars with my son and I am utterly blown-away as to how much more relaxed we are when we play. No more cords!!!! Its been over 9+ weeks of use at nearly every day and neither sets of batteries has died yet, and thats using the cheap-O's included with the pads!

I did get hung-up trying to configure them at first. PLease understand that their software works great and you need it for the rumble effect, *HOWEVER* the software was designed with the assumption that you only have ONE gamepad. It is next to impossible to configure two gamepads using their software. I finally figured it out by uninstalling their software and simply letting Windows XP discover the devices and going to the game(s) and configuring the pads there. Most games allow you to do this by simply changing the keyboard layout from a certain set of keys to whatever you input. So if a game is set to use "W" as its up key, simply press enter and the game waits for you to press any key that will represent the new layout. So go to your gamepad and press the UP stick. Windows will auto-populate the field with the proper settings. Very nice!

I highly recommend this device. Its VERY durable and cleans well (sticky fingers) not to mention it is GREAT to play a two player game from over 10 feet away in bean-bags as opposed to stiff chairs bound by cords! Buy this product now!

5-0 out of 5 stars Console gamers... Go PC!
This controller makes it just like Playstation.The buttons can be worked exactly the same.Dual joysticks.Rumble feature.No cords.It's awesome - seriously.

5-0 out of 5 stars Best gamepad around
I'm not generally a fan of wireless controller, for one simple reason.I don't need the wireless feature, and I'd prefer to not think about batteries.However, I was not about to pass up the $20 after rebates price on this pad.

This button arrangement of this pad perfectly fits Madden 2005, enhancing gameplay immensely over other pads that may require you to remember what button correspond to what in the manual. (Madden 2005 allows you to configure your gamepad, but the configuration does not work for all phases of the game, e.g., the snap, and the receivers may be labelled differently than set up in Madden 2005's button configuration utility.)

True, the gamepad lacks Force-Feedback in Madden 2005 - so does every other game controller.MADDEN 2005 PC DOES NOT SUPPORT FORCE-FEEDBACK FOR ANY GAMEPAD, PERIOD.That's EASport's fault, not Logitech's.

For the person with the calibration problems after replacing batteries, try unplugging the receiver unit from the USB port and plugging it back in.

If you want to play Madden 2005, and have no intention of playing games with Force-Feedback, but by the non-Forceback version of this gamepad, unless you get a deal.Similarly, unless you get a deal on this gamepad, or you really want or need wireless, get the wired version of this gamepad.

5-0 out of 5 stars Cordless freedom!!!... Outstanding
I had this unit for about a month, used it to play Half Life, and Need for Speed 2 Underground. Outstanding performance in both cases. I'm running a dell p4 2.GHz 512mb WinXP Pro SP2. Easy installation, no problems of any kind so far. The original batteries are still going strong. Hope this review is helpful.

5-0 out of 5 stars Can't believe it doesn't have a cord
Although this is a new purchase, and I've only used it for just over a month, it is the single best game controller I've had for my PC. I have several other Logitech devices in use on the 2 PC's in my home, and both have been performing flawlessly for over 2 years. This game controller was a stretch for me, I've never had much faith in cordless hardware. This unit may as well have a cord attached to it, it responds better than the Gravis controllers I've had (5), and the action on the joysticks is profoundly accurate. Durability is still in question, since I've only put 30 hours on this unit. My PC is a Dell Dimension 8200, running XP Home edition with service pack 2 already installed (CD version, minimal install). The games I play are Mechwarrior 4 and expansions, NASCAR games. The driving games have been hard to get used to, the controller responds so quickly that I'm not used to that amount of precision. For the price you pay, you can't go wrong. Especially if you're familiar with the Sony Playstation controller.
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15. Spherex 51000 Xbox 6-Piece 5.1 Surround Sound System
by Spherex
list price: $499.99
our price: $379.99
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Asin: B0006PY3DY
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Spherex
Sales Rank: 21309
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

Developed in conjunction with the Game Audio Network Guild (GANG)--which sets the "reference standard" for video game audio--the Spherex Xbox 5.1 surround sound system delivers a sophisticated 360-degree home theater experience whether you're playing Halo 2, watching Lord of the Rings, or listening to the latest U2 release. The system features five independent audio inputs (three digital, one analog, and one USB 1.1 port), so it connects easily to your game console, DVD player, CD player, portable audio device, or computer. Sound is distributed through the five satellite speakers, each with a 3-1/2-inch woofer and 3/4-inch metal dome tweeter, and the dual-vented subwoofer with its 8-inch matrix cone woofer. The system's audio enhancements include Omnipolar technology, which rations sound (30 percent direct to 70 percent reflected) in a 360-degree dispersion pattern, so listeners can position their satellite speakers in a variety of configurations, along with MaxxBass augmentation, which extends the lower end of the frequency response to deliver deeper, more natural bass tones from both the subwoofer and the satellites themselves.

The system comes with a powerful 300-watt DDX amplifier (50 watts x 3, 25 watts x 2, and 100-watt subwoofer), which eliminates signal distortion by maintaining a digital signal flow to each speaker. And thanks to the Aureus digital signal processor, listeners can enjoy rich surround sound regardless of the format, with decoding for Dolby Digital, DTS, and Pro Logic II. Additional features include an expansion slot for future compatibility and an infrared remote control with an IR receiver. The system also carries an impressive 10-year limited warranty.

What's in the Box
Five satellite speakers, subwoofer, 6-channel amplifier, remote control, IR receiver, digital fiber-optic cable, three 10-foot speaker cables, two 23-foot speaker cables, quick setup guide, user's manual. ... Read more

Features

  • Includes 5 satellite speakers with 3-1/2-inch woofers and 3/4-inch metal dome tweeters
  • 100-watt 8-inch matrix cone subwoofer with MaxxBass augmentation
  • Dolby Digital, DTS, and Dolby Pro Logic II decoding; 3 digital audio inputs, 1 analog input, and USB 1.1 port
  • 300-watt digital DDX amplifier; 10-year limited warranty
  • 5.1-channel surround sound system designed specifically to enhance video game audio

Reviews (5)

5-0 out of 5 stars Best Quality For The Dollar
At first I was a little hesistant about the quality of the overall sound performance.When I fist turned on the 5.1 surround sound I did not hear the crisp highs, and punchy lows as promised.I then searched the output audio controls from the divices connected, IE: XBOX OPTICAL OUT, Digital out from DVD, Analog from computer/TV.I made sure each output from the afore mentioned devices was set to it's own individual "HIGH PERFORMANCE OUTPUT", and was enabled for the appropiate output, IE: DTS, Dolby Surround 5.1,7.1, Analog, Optical, Coaxial, .... Upon doing so the whole system JUMPED to life. Also make sure to set the Treble/Bass settings as well as the speaker volume for each speaker.I could not find the GUI interface controls in the downloads @ spherix.com. I only got a Texas Instruments download controller for firmware updates, and the option to download a patch for the headphone out port.NO GUI.Bottom Line..... This thing rocks just like a "Bose Lifestyle System".The only difference is it sounds better, and costs a third less.Definately Buy.Past 30 on the Dial when tuned in and the whole neighborhood is in the sweet spot.No substitute for 5.1 Dolby in game experience.

5-0 out of 5 stars Good Times
I would just like to thank "freekyouup" for that awesome review.I couldn't have made my decision without having read that review first.Especially the part that said, "spherex is cool."That pretty much sealed the deal for me.And now I know, and knowing is half the battle.

5-0 out of 5 stars Probably the best 5.1 sound system under $500
For the money this is a great system. It's easy to set up, you don't have to have a degree in sound design to balance your speakers and you can't beat the price. It took me longer to get it out of the box than it took me to get this puppy up and running. It will take some time finding a way to hide the wires. This is my first 5.1 surround system and after a lot of research(6 months) and hearing other systems this one beats others in its price range hands down.

On the positive side, the satellite speakers are heavy and have great output. The subwoofer is great in producing low end.You couldn't ask for more simpler hookup instructions. The omni polar design does make it a lot easier in finding the "sweet spot" no matter where you put them and they give you 2 optical audio inputs and one coaxial input as well as analogue inputs. They supply you with all the cables including a 1/8" jack to stereo RCA jacks so you could plug your Ipod, Nomad or whatever MP3 player you have. There is also a USB port for any future system upgrades via the web and an expansion slot for any future devices so this won't be an obsolete item in 6 month. Finally someone was using the old brain box. There is also a 10year-limited warranty.

There are a couple negatives. You are a slave to the IR box and the remote because this is the only way you are able to adjust any settings. I would have preferred a set of knobs on the subwoofer/amp to do some fine tweaking. And you may want to invest in a set of 20 ft audio cables (phono plug to phono plug) and a coupler for the rear speakers. Even though they give you a judicious amount of cable I found it still wasn't long enough to do what I wanted to do which was run the cables under the floor via the basement and come up the other side so you didn't see any cables hanging off of doorways and the walls. The optical cable that comes with the system was too short. I nearly broke it when I was hooking it up from my Xbox to the system. Also be careful handling the satellite speakers, those covers come off very easily so pick it up from the bottom.

To summarize, if you are looking for a reasonable priced, decent quality 5.1-surround sound system that a monkey could set up this is the product for you. Now if you will excuse me I have to get back to Doom 3.

Ciao

5-0 out of 5 stars Trust me...there is nothing else
I've done my research and I've purchased this set for myself.There really is nothing that compares to the Spherex system within the same price range.Some might be discouraged by the Xbox logo that is on every component of this system.Some might think that's cool.Others might get the notion that it might be cheapy and/or low budget.Trust me on this...it is far from cheap.When I unpackaged my spherex system, I was amazed by the quality of each component.There are enough audio inputs to support a small Home theatre system.Two optical-in, one digital coax, a port for L-R analog, a headphone jack, and of course, inputs for all 5 speakers.The Sub is powered, not a cheesy passive sub.This will work with any game system, and other devices that support a 5.1 setup.Currently, I have my TV/vcr(analog), Xbox (optical), DVD player(digital coax), and still have room for another optical device if I choose.

My only negative on this system is the IR-reciever.It is very nice, but IF that component dies, you have no control over your audio system.The only way to control the system is through the remote which depends soley on the IR reciever being operational.Never fear...Spherex has a 10 year warranty on this thing.In 10 years, I'm sure I'll be ready for a new setup anyway...but at least my system is protected in the event that something fails.Problem is, if that IR-receiver goes...and you ship that part for replacement, you'll be unable to use your system for a while.Spherex would have been good to had some on-board controls as a backup option...but oh well.Just a minor deal in my opinion.

The sound quality is amazing.I kept reading about how amazed everyone was with the sound.Spherex uses a sound distribution method unlike most speakers you'll find.It emits sound to better reflect off of surfaces and your environment, so that you're in a "sweet spot" nomatter where you are in the room.The sound is more realistic than some of the high priced speakers that I've heard.No need for any high priced recievers and separate components.Everything is built into the sub making setup a snap.Heck, my grandma could set this thing up.If you can make your VCR stop blinking 12:00AM, then you can set this up with no problem.

Just do your research.I've read reveiws in various third-party sources (game magazines, home theater mags, audio mags, etc.) and every source rates this system very high (usually 9+ out of 10, 90+ percent, etc.) Don't be fooled by the "dorky" xbox license...this thing is so versatile, that once you hear your games, movies and music on this thing, you could care less if these things were pink with hello kitty faces painted on.

For those looking to spend under $1000 for a nice surround sound package, you won't find anything better than this.Believe me, I've looked.

5-0 out of 5 stars video game surround sound rules
video games are so much better when you hear them in surround sound. you can hear the bad guys behind you! this is the way games were meant to be played. this system has everything you need in the box to get surround sound. spherex is cool. ... Read more


16. XB Conker: Live and Reloaded
list price: $49.99
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Asin: B0006SST9U
Catlog: Video Games
Publisher: Microsoft
Sales Rank: 43
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Microsoft (X-Box) (S70-00021) Conker Xbox ... Read more

Features

  • Xbox
  • ESRB Rating: RP (Rating Pending)
  • Action/Adventure

Reviews (2)

5-0 out of 5 stars w00t w00ty w00t
Yes!After 3 years of them postponing this game it is out in a month and a half!After Microsoft bought out RareWare it was their top priority and now it is out!Sorry PS2 owners, but unfortionately for you, there will be no Live and Reloaded for you, because it is produced by MICROSOFT.However, you CAN play it if you want... well you can play the Nintendo 64 version.AHAHAHAHA!The demo kicks ass, but i hate the people who are calling it a WWII game, just because the demo level is the Saving Private Ryan level.Get a life and play the original before you make any assumptions.Awesome game and it will be mine, oh yes, it will be mine!!!!

5-0 out of 5 stars Is it on PS2?
I hope it's on PS2 as well. I loved BFD one and this looks even better. It just goes to show you a simple CD can create so much hope.Who couldn't like this game? I'll tell you the parents who think these M games are wrong. Those ignorant jerks can cram-it! There the ones causing all the problems in the world not paying attention to the real issues, like terrorism. Anyway BFD F***IN RULES!!!!!!!!!!!!
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17. Logitech MOMO Force Feedback Racing Wheel
by Logitech
list price: $99.95
our price: $75.99
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Asin: B00006HYLN
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Logitech
Sales Rank: 6403
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Drive like the pros! MOMO is a world-famous designer of racecar steering wheels and accessories so this MOMO gaming wheel is sure to thrill. Ultra-realistic steering wheel uses force feedback technology to let you feel the road, bumps, walls and spills. Easy-grip rubber wheel has 240° rotation. Sequential stick shifter can be mounted on right or left to suit your style and a carpet grip system keeps pedals firmly in place. Other features include optical sensing for steering control, 6 programmable buttons and paddle shifters. System requirements: Windows 98/2000/Me/XP. Comes with pedals, set up guide, power supply and software. Imported. ... Read more

Features

  • 1-year warranty
  • Exclusive design by MOMO, one of the world's leading designers of automotive accessories for the track and the street
  • Feel everything with ultra-realistic force feedback effects
  • Race like a pro with a full rubber wheel, sequential stick shifter and realistic gas and brake pedals
  • Get all the control you need with six programmable buttons, two paddle shifters, and 240 degrees of rotation

Reviews (16)

4-0 out of 5 stars Pretty Darn Good Wheel for the Price
Unless you're a professional racecar driver looking to recreate your real world experience this wheel should satisfy you.Yes it would be nice if it were made of leather and steel, but if that's the level of realism you want I don't see how you'll ever be satisfied unless you complete the effect with a steel chassis around your computer and an open can of gas nearby for the authentic road smell.Seriously, it's nice and solid, with the nice tacky feel of good quality rubber.The wheel does producea light grinding sound from the gears, but unless you're extremely neurotic you won't notice it above the roar of the engines.I've only had mine for a few days so I'll report back on the long-term quality in a few months, though it seems right solid, I suppose it's possible that a hyperactive kid who didn't pay for it himself could abuse it to the point of failure in a few months.My biggest disappointment so far has been that the force feedback doesn't rattle and shake as much as I thought it would, then again this could be due to the game I'm using it with, Toca Race Driver 2.If you're serious about your driving games you need a wheel and pedals, absolutely, and this is a solid choice!If, on the other hand, you're serious about driving itself, just stick to the gas guzzler in the garage.Given the problem of global warming and pollution though, I say pass the sunblock and make mine digital!

5-0 out of 5 stars Excelllent product
Excellent product arrived today been using it all day long testing it with different games easy installalion love the leather on the wheel itself and picked up nascar sim racing 2005 to go with it awesome exsperience and a great product

3-0 out of 5 stars Cheap Imitation
Short version: This wheel is a cheap plastic imitation of its higher quality forbears.It works, but it doesn't give anywhere near the realistic driving experience the previous models gave.

Long version:

My friend bought the original, red Logitech Wingman Formula Force (...) a couple years back.I borrowed it recently to play with NASCAR Racing 2003 and loved it.The experience was quite realistic.So I thought to get my own.

First I bought the standard Logitech Wingman Formula Force GP (...), because it didn't seem the MOMO version was much different (...), and I didn't want to bother with the rebate.I thought the cheaper price reflected savings in production efficiencies.The GP wheel was shockingly different, in a bad way.The original red Wingman Formula Force has some kind of ball bearing, spring and damper system that lets the wheel turn freely, but give varying amounts of force feedback depending on the game.The original red wheel lets you feel when the wheel gets "loose", and you're about to lose traction.The new, cheaper GP version has a horrible plastic, notchy feeling, as one other review commented - as you turn the wheel it grinds.Turning seems to be a matter of grinding each gear tooth which corresponds to a bit in the control axis.The GP is not at all like a real steering wheel, when the original red wheel was a passable facsimile.The force feedback on the GP is a joke.It's like seeing a downsampled, low resolution, 8-bit version of what used to be a high resolution, 24-bit image.

So I returned the standard, cheaper (...) GP wheel to Amazon and bought this MOMO wheel hoping that the extra dough gets you that special "real" feeling.Unfortunately, the MOMO still fails.This (...) MOMO version is better than the standard GP version, but there's still a plastic notchy gear feeling to the wheel.The notches are finer, and the force feedback effects have a higher sample rate, but it's still the same fundamental cheap plastic gear feeling.

It seems that the wheel I actually wanted was the ORIGINAL, now discontinued, Logitech MOMO Force wheel with the authentic leather, steel pedals and whatnot.It probably wasn't cheap, but you get what you pay for.About.com reviewed the original MOMO wheel and commented: "One of the best features of this force feedback wheel is that there is no "notchy-ness" in the steering wheel. In other force feedback wheels you could feel the gears in the wheel which would prevent you from making smooth adjustments. This wheel solves that problem, it's very smooth."
(...)
I wish I had read that review before I bought this new, plastic version.It's surprising though that nobody had commented in a comparative review about how the steering feel has been compromised.About.com wrote: "The Logitech Momo Racing (black) wheel is a revamped version their legendary Momo Force (red) wheel. They replaced some of the expensive metal parts with plastic and even made some improvements along the way such as increasing the pedal throw and adding a manual stick shifter. The result is a wheel that is even better than the original."(...)

I beg to differ.Maybe the About.com reviewer got a different version of the MOMO wheel, because I'm surprised he didn't comment on the lack of ball-bearing feel to the new wheel.This plastic, notchy feeling to the steering in both the current GP and MOMO versions destroys the suspension of disbelief.The few reviews that said anything about the plasticky-ness, expressing disappointment, were given poor feedback.Why?Do people only want to read glowing reviews of products, regardless of the accuracy of the review?

The only thing positive to say about the newer wheels versus the original red wheel is that the pedals are bottom hinged, and easier to modulate.The new wheels are also cheaper in price.But as I've explained, the new plastic wheels are also cheaper in the quality of experience they provide.You get what you pay for.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great wheel, minor issues
The wheel's FF and feel and overall quality are very good. It is extremely useful to have the option of paddle or stick shifter.I use my paddles to shift and the pull back on the shifter as the handbrake and push forward is clutch.I have also had the stick as shift and paddles as clutch and ebrake.Pedals and wheel are both very precise.

Of course, as with most people, I am having occasional trouble with the pedals.Mainly the brake 'sticking' on. This started after about 6months of heavy use and now at a year hasn't gotten much worse.Usually unplugging the pedals from the wheel and plugging it back in will fix the problem.We'll see if that will keep working.

2-0 out of 5 stars AGAIN its BROKEN
this is the second time i will have had to have my wheel replaced in 6 months
first it was the left paddle shift & now it will not center correctly......
the build of this wheel is SHOCKING
Logitech do you build anything with quality anymore...
+ it took me 6 weeks to get a replacement last time
by the time you replace this one my warranty will almost be up & i will be asking for a fresh warranty to cover my wheel.
i just do not trust it will last out a year.... ... Read more


18. Nintendo DS

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Asin: B00078ZGTA
Catlog: Video Games
Publisher: Nintendo
Sales Rank: 901
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Dual ScreensTwo LCD screens offer one of the most groundbreaking game-play advances ever developed: experiencing a game from two perspectives at once. Imagine the possibilities. In a racing game, drivers might see their own vehicle's perspective on one screen and an overall track view on the other. In a role-playing game, the action could take place on the first screen while the second provides a reference for a player's tools inventory. Game play also could use both screens at once, offer
  • Touch ScreenThe lower screen will offer something never before provided by any game device: PDA-like touch capabilities. Players no longer have to rely on just buttons to move characters org effects and cel shading.
  • SoundThe 16-channel sound allows for greatly expanded use of voices and music, and a richer, more immersive game experience. A plug for headphones transmits stereo sound.
  • Battery & Power ManagementThe battery is rechargeable and the unit features a low-energy-consumption design. The DS also has Power Management functions of Sleep mode and Standby mode. In Sleep mode, players can stop and resume game play whenever they like. If the user receives a message from a friend or user nearby, DS activates itself from Standby mode.

Reviews (9)

5-0 out of 5 stars Double the Screens for Double the Fun
The Nintendo DS is truly a great gaming system. I will rate it in five categories below.

Graphics - This is one of the low points if you are comparing it to the psp, but if you play games like metroid prime hunters, these graphics are truly amazing, but other games are just sticking with the 2d so i'll give this a 4.

4/5


Innovativeness (Creativity)

The DS will let you experience gameplay in a way that you never have. Whether it's with the two screens, or the touch screens. It give you a new way to play games.

5/5


Games / Software

The games for the DS right now aren't the best, but by the end of the year, we'll will have tons of great games such as Nintendogs, Metroid Prime Hunters, Kirby, Mario and Luigi 2, New Super Mario Bros, 007 Rogue Agent, and Mario kart DS, plus the games that are already out like Wario Ware Touched, and Super Mario 64. You can also play any gameboy advance game you want to play making the game library over 500 games already. A zelda game is sure to come out too, possibly a remake of Ocirana of Time, which is arguably one of the best game ever made, next to Final Fantasy VII. A super smash bros. game might come out too.

5/5


Online Capabilities

Nintendo is going to have a free wirless service for the end of 2005. The first game to use it will be Mario Kart DS. This means you could live in St. Louis Missouri, and race against somebody in Orlando, Florida with out hooking any thing up, but for those that aren't in bigger cities, they can just hook there ds up to a modem. And all of this will be free, according to the Magazine Nintendo Power.

5/5


Extra Features

The Ds has so many extra features. These include the two screens, the touch screen, gameboy advance capabilities, it will hook up with the nintendo revolution wirlessly, clock and alarm, calendar, personalizations, pictochat, and the whole new online system.

5/5

Overall 4.8, rounds up to 5 Stars

Great System

5/5

5-0 out of 5 stars My fairest review
First of all I do not work for nintendo. I am a Nintendo DS owner in fact i am stopping every few seconds to play.... By the way lemme start with the obvious It is the first system to have two screens that I know of it has 9 buttons 10 if you count the POWER button but as you undoubtably know the lower screen is a touch screen but you should only use the wrist strap and stylus on it. But I might as well get the cons over with.

Cons
-Not compatible with GBA multiplayer feature
-you can't play GB or GBC games on it
-at first it's hard to watch both screens at once but if you have a wide range of vision it should be easy to get used to it

Ok it's time for the pros.

Pros
-Most games on it are 3-D not the grainy 2-D
-it hastouch screen
-the games are fun
-it's much better than the PSP GRRR!!!
-It's made by Nintendo

If you are planning on getting a Hand Held system Get the NDS (Nintendo Duel Screens) It's the best!!

5-0 out of 5 stars Must Have
As I said in the title, this is a must have device. The Nintendo Ds is trying something new, and Nintendo hit the bull's eye. While some issues occur (Gb/Gbc games not fitting/playing, having to shut off system after pictochat, ect.) SOme things just go over those problems, like the touch screen, pictochat, the ability to play GBA games and some Flash Cards for GBA, some of the issues don't seem so bad. It comes with a demo of "Metroid Hunters" with 3 modes (Training, Free For All, Ball(NOTE: These may not be the right names)) ALso, Hunters Demo come with 3 full DeathMatch arenas. So this is an obious must-but system.

5-0 out of 5 stars DS!? Must Have!
For all of you Sony fans you review the DS and say that it sucks and it's stupid and all of that jazz, I would just like to say: YOU KNOW NOTHING FOOOOOOOOLISH WORM MONKEYS!
Any way, moving on, let's look at this awesome device. Let's start with the touch screen. This is an awesome addition to the video game system of the future. This gives the DS a cool and interesting gameplay. Okay, next is the price. For a system with a completely new gameplay this is pretty dang cheap! Finally, the games. I have at least seven games already and they all are great. Warioware, Mr.Driller, Rayman you name it, it rocks.
Plus, Mr. Iwata is generous enough to be setting up a worldwide wi-fi system where players from around the world can connect.
So, please, all of you gamers out there, trust the best in the business. Oh, I almost forgot! I'm thirteen! So all of you guys who are reading this and saying "Oh, it's just a kid. Kids know nothing" SILENCE! DS ROCKS! END OF DISSCUSSION!

5-0 out of 5 stars Nintendo =Videogames
Hi!!! c'mon lets face it, when you say Nintendo you inmidatley think of videogames no matter what.People say Nintendo refering to a videogame machine, and you know why???because it was Nintendo who first introduce videogames to the world. They are always having fresh ideas, they dont need to prove anything to anyone they know who they are and they know also who the king of portable gaming is. Whith the Nintendo DS they change the way we used to see videogames,whith the dual screen,microphone,touch-screen, the posibility to play GBA games,and Pictochat!!! simply look no further than Nintendo DS. Other companies like Sony or Microsoft have potencial but no one has that great games Nintendo have. Tell me if i am wrong but if you look who made and continue making the games that are considered the best of the best is Nintendo. No othet company have those solid franchises Nintendo have
period. So to end, I say to everyone that reads this review: Dont forget who the creator is ... Read more


19. CH Products Fighterstick USB
by CH PRODUCTS
list price: $149.95
our price: $106.39
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B00006B84X
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: CH PRODUCTS
Sales Rank: 3358
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Awarded the #1 Joystick in Multimedia World's Readers' Choice Awards, the FlightStick looks and feels just like a real jet stick, built with potentiometers rated to 2 million cycles, sturdy base and fire buttons rated to 10 million shots; when you grab on, you'll feel the difference of CH's quality craftsmanship and durability. ... Read more

Features

  • Compatible with Windows 98, 2000, Me, and XP or Mac OS 8.6 and above
  • USB programmable joystick
  • 3 axis and 24 buttons (three push buttons, one mode switch button, three 4 way hat switches and one 8 way point of view hat)
  • Total of 132 programmable functions with the new Control Manager software (included)
  • Realistic F-16 handle

Reviews (6)

5-0 out of 5 stars Awsome
I recently bought this Fighter Stick and it was worth every cent. IL-2 runs great on it and Microsoft 2004, Lock On and other games I have. I have many joysticks before and always wanted this one. But it was a toss up with the Thustmaster joystick and the CH Fighter stick. After reading reviews like mine I was convince that I made the right choice. The only bad thing I seen so far was the price. But it true what you pay is what you get. I also got the USB Throttle Controler too. And just recently order the CH Rudder Pedals. My flight sims and taken on a whole new era. All I can say get this product, but setting up the product with the games can be tricky. So bepatient with the setup menu in the games. I have had some problems in figure out. But what I done so far, has been worth every minute. I high recommend this product and all CH Product. If you are into Flight sims like me, get the edge and take the fight to them. Now I want to really fly.

5-0 out of 5 stars Wow, very satisfied
I used a Logitech Wingman since 1999 and the thing finally deteriorated to the point of not being able to use it.When I started looking around for a replacement, I found the Microsoft Sidewinder interesting.But the fact that they don't make them anymore I found to be a downer.Instead I decided to make the big jump and get a Fighterstick and I am glad I did.First, the Fighterstick has excellent range of motion.The thing probably moves 45 degrees left, right, forward, and back which allows for very fine movements if need be.I play Aces High with this thing and have mapped out many controls to the joystick.This has allowed me to be much faster the having to use the keyboard for lots of stuff.I think I have an average size hand and the buttons are well placed.My only gripe is that the hat switch is a little far away for my thumb to reach with ease.I've always prefered to use the number pad for looking around anyway, but if you are a fan of the hat, this might be a problem.

Perhaps my biggest reason for buying it is te reputation of CH, which is quality.This thing is screwed together and uses heavy gauge plastic.The thing feels like you could drop it off a building, pick it up and start playing again.This sturdy construction does not take away from how comfortable it is.At first, I thought they could of done better with the ergonomics.But now that I've been using it for a couple weeks, I don't notice any comfort problems.I have seen some reviews mention the placement of that red button on the bottom front side of the stick and that it can get in the way of white nuckle flying.I personally don't have a problem with it.I've actually mapped it out to my microphone and I think it's pretty handy.

Now that I have it, I can't see how I got by without it.Its shear capability in combination with its solid contruction make it a must have for the serious flight sim gamer.

5-0 out of 5 stars The best PC joystick on the market !
I have owned the CH Products Fighterstick for a little over a month now and I am now ready to compose a full review. I have been a MS Sidewinder force feedback2 user for years. I was very happy with that stick but when I started playing Lock On I decided that it was time to step up to the plate and purchase a real HOTAS system. At first glance the fighterstick appears to be built to last. It is constructed of very heavy gauge plastic and all of the devices seams are sealed properly. It is not flimsy or fragile in appearance or feel.

The stick only comes with an instruction sheet. There is no owners Manual or software disk included. The new owner must download the drivers and CH Control Manager software from the CH website. Setup is a very simple operation which involves plugging your stick into it's own USB port and running the drivers software. Setup was completed without a hitch and I did not miss the absent owners Manuel. I then proceeded to use the CH Manager software to configure the stick for the first time. It was at this time that I encountered my first and only problem while using the software. While attempting to configure the Y axis I noticed that the stick's signal would jump from one end of the scale to the other with very little movement from the stick itself. I could not figure out what the problem was on my own so I called CH customer service and they told me to be sure and center the two trim wheels before configuration. Sure enough after I corrected the position of the two wheels, the configuration process was completed without a problem.

Next, I ran Lock On in order to put the stick through it's first flight trials. The Fighterstick fits my medium sized hand very well. My only complaint is the fact that button #2 is located very high on the stick and is hard for me to reach without repositioning my hand. I believe this is due to the fact that this stick is based on the design of the F-16 joystick configuration. The problem with this choice of design styles is that the real F-16 stick is mounted between the legs and at about waist height inside the cockpit, where as the CH Fighterstick will be mounted on some ones desktop. This creates an ergonomic problem that the F-16 design was not meant to handle. Beside my issue with button #2, I have experienced no other problems with manipulation of the stick ingame.

Stick response and accuracy are very good. I can pull all kinds of high "G" maneuvers, fire all kinds of weapons and deploy my counter measures with a level of speed and accuracy that I have never experienced before. All the buttons work as programmed and the x/y axis is very smooth. Some say that the springs in the stick base are very lite. I don't feel that there is anything unusual or loose concerning the feel of this stick. I am very comfortable with the level of tension in the stick. Keep in mind that I have been working with the Sidewinder up to this point and that this may be the reason why I don't have a problem with the level of tension in the stick.

CH Control Manager is a wonderful program that gives you the ability to adjust all of the sticks important settings. It also allows you to create your own personal button program maps which can be loaded or saved for future use. CH Control Manager does not come with a tutorial so you will need to consult with an experienced user in order to fill in the blanks left after you have read the online user guide, as I did. After asking a few questions on an internet user forum I was ready to begin programing the stick for the first time. Once you know how to use it, CH Control Manager is a joy to work with. However it is not as intuitive as I would have liked it to have been.

The CH products Fighterstick is considered the top of the line PC flight controller. Unlike Thrustmaster's best stick it doesn't have any outstanding quality control issues. The Fighterstick has an excellent maintenance record and I am confident that it will last me for many years of flight siming fun.

4-0 out of 5 stars CH does it again!
Great stick for games that support switch buttons.Not so great for games that don't.To better discribe this, it's three push buttons(for most games) and the others are switch hats that control a lot of fighter games, but not space sims or other kinds of joystick related games.I can use it on an F16 sure, but I want to use it on my other games as well.X2 The Threat doesn't support or recognize switch hats as buttons nor the rudders I got with this stick.Thier are about 32 commands, but you have to program them in and that is with the toggle and hat switches combined, not just the push buttons.The stick is made of polycarb and is tough as nails, but it needs to support more games.No problems installing stick or downloadable software.Works great in Sturmovik except needs better set up in the game it'self but thats a game issue.

5-0 out of 5 stars great product, great tech support
I recently bought the fighterstick, throttle and pedals USB.

At first I was at a loss on how to program them, then I stumbled accross www.ch-hangar.com, a support forum where questions are answered by CH Products employessand members of the community.

When I asked for help I got a full custom profile for Battlefield: 1942 that works great.

You can tell this stick is built to last, and the throttle and pedals are solid also and the software is excellent.

My only complaint is the placement of a button on the lower shaft of the joystick where my right pinky rests--preventing me from getting a true white-knucle grip on the stick (the same button also appears on the combatstick usb model).

[Update:I was able to remove this button without much trouble so all is well. I did not have to disassemble the stick to do this.]

I have yet to set the stick up with IL-2: Forgotten Battles, but I feel confident I'll get some help if necessary. www.ch-hangar.com also has a section with downloadable profiles for a number of games which is very handy. ... Read more


20. Logitech MX 510 Performance Optical Gaming Mouse - Blue
by Logitech
list price: $49.95
our price: $41.79
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Asin: B00020E4QO
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Logitech
Sales Rank: 1100
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Logitech has raised the bar on mouse precision, performance, and beauty... again! The Logitech MX510 features an improved version of our already-amazing MX Optical Engine that combines high resolution with high frame rates to deliver the best in mouse performance. This revolutionary 800-dpi sensor now captures an incredible 5.8 megapixels every second and is able to track up to 15 G's of acceleration. So you get instant response to your fastest movements, with no lag. Plus, a collection of adva ... Read more

Features

  • Compatible with Windows 95, 98, NT 4.0, 2000, Me, XP; Macintosh OS X
  • Enjoy ultra-precise, ultra-smooth operation thanks to the improved MX Optical Engine
  • Zip back and forth between open documents with the handy Quick Switch button
  • Use convenient buttons to navigate forward and back in your web browser
  • Control tracking, speed, and button programming with Logitech's gaming-tuned MouseWare software

Reviews (18)

5-0 out of 5 stars Perfect balance of size and weight
Mouse felt kind of cheap at first because it is very light but after using it for 15 minutes I am extremely satisfied. Fits my hand perfectly and is very comfortable, best mouse Ive used so far. I bought the MX510 to replace my broken Logitech Mediaplay mouse, it is much more responsive in gaming.. I still prefer wired over wireless for FPS gaming but I must admit I havent tried the newer mice like the MX1000. Highly recommended for the price.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good mouse.
This mouse is nice. It tracks very smoothly, and it conforms perfectly to my hand. The color is a little weird, but it looks okay. I bought it because I got sick of using Apple's one button mouse and my bluetooth mouse was unreliable for certain activities like games. I am using this mouse with Mac OS X 10.4 and currently have the extra buttons set to control Dashboard and Exposé. I am very satisfied with this product.

3-0 out of 5 stars Good mouse overall
This mouse works really well, it is fairly ergonomic.The only problem is that my hand is not that big, so the mouse does seem a tad bit big for me to become totally comfortable.When I do regular work, the mouse is great... but when I game, that is when I wish the mouse was just a tad bit smaller.My thumb can not reach the "forward" button on the side.It reaches the "back" button just fine.I set the mouse to double-click with the "scroll" button, but it doesn't work when I play games.The "up" and "down" scroll buttons are sort of awkward to use if you are trying to work fast.

All-in-all, I would say this is a great mouse if my hand was just a bit bigger with longer fingers.I guess a big hand would love this mouse, but I would wager that the buttons will be a tad bit difficult to control even then.This mouse is very accurate, the infrared doesn't miss a beat.

Would I buy this mouse again?If it was a little smaller, absolutely, yes.... the surface design is hard to beat.I still would not consider this the "ultimate" mouse as I had originally though it would be.I am a owner of two of their "Gaming Mouse" from years back, it's too bad they don't offer infrared mouses for those three button design (they didn't come with scroll wheels).

4-0 out of 5 stars Better than ever but not quite perfect
This is an awesome mouse, the availability of extra programmable buttons is really handy and it is very easy to use.My only problem is that buttons programability is limited to a single keystroke or key combination.What I was hoping for was to program a single button for tasks like Ctrl-A followed by Delete.But the only way to do it was to program two buttons.Now don't get me wrong, being able to do all of that extra stuff from the mouse and not having to reach for the keyboard is a huge time saver, but hey, I'd like doing it all with a single click twice as much.Let's face it, it's the best bang for the buck!And hope that some day, the software will be upgraded to accomplish even more with even less effort.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Mouse
Nice mouse over all. It feels nice, works nice, and easy to install. I've had no problems with it. And it works like a charm while I'm playing Unreal Tournament 2004. I prefer this one to Microsoft's optical. ... Read more


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