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Product: Force Feedback 2
Company: Microsoft
Website: http://www.microsoft.com/sidewinder
Estimated Street Price: $109.00
Review By: Julien JAY

Final Results and Overall Mark

Table Of Contents
1: Introduction
2: Design, setup, force
3: GamePlay & Drivers

4: Conclusion

Well we have reached the end of the review. Here are my final comments, notes and grades for the new Microsoft SideWinder Force FeedBack 2 joystick.

Final Comments

How It Grades
  Installation: 95%
Performance: 95%
Accuracy: 90%
Features: 90%
Reliable: 90%
Drivers: 95%
Game
compatibility: 95%
Price
: 85%
Overall: 92%
 

This new and long-awaited device is a great enhancement in the Microsoft SideWinder family and is probably the most accomplished force feedback joystick available as far as now. The realistic effects it provides combined to powerful drivers and tons of buttons and possibilities make the joystick a must have for every serious gamers worth of that name. So if you havenít already added this device to your Christmas giftsí list letís do it right now!

 

 

Specs & Package
Overall Score 92%
Version Reviewed Microsoft SideWinder ForceFeedback 2
Release Date Available now!
In The Box? 1 Force Feedback 2 joystick,
1 Power Cable,
1 users' guide,
1 drivers CD.
The Good Points Nice new design,
Great new Force Feedback effects,
Outstanding drivers,
Fast & strong force feedback effects.
The Bad Points No Shift button on the device,
Some compatibilities issue with VIA motherboards,
Throttle move angle is too small,
With some games force feedback effects aren't activated until you launch the gaming options applet of the control panel.
Reviewers PC Setup Pentium 4 1.5 Ghz
Intel D850GB Motherboard
Windows Millennium Edition
384 MB PC800 RDRAM w/ECC
DirectX 8
17" Sony Trinitron Monitor
Hercules 3D Prophet II Ultra 64Mb AGP 4x Graphics Card
Sound Blaster Live! Platinum 5.1
Adaptec 19160 Ultra SCSI card
Pinnacle Studio DV Plus
Pinnacle Studio PCTV USB

Microsoft TrackBall Explorer
Microsoft Natural Keyboard Pro

DVD Pioneer 105s (16/40x)
Yamaha CRW2100E
PC Required

Minimum System

Windows 98/Me, or Windows 2000
Pentium 166Mhz or higher
16Mb of RAM
25Mb of free hard disk space
Quad speed or higher CD-Rom Drive
SVGA 256 colors monitor
Microsoft Compatible mouse
1 free USB port
DirectX 7.0a API

 
<-- GamePlay & Drivers

 

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