Bought this to replace an old Microsoft stick that had literally worn out and am very pleased with the purchase.
The build quality is excellent with a solid heavy base meaning “drift” just does not occur even in those intense moments. The spring is perfect in its tension (although a few reviewers do complain it is stiff) and performs smoothly leading to good precise control. The ergonomics suit my hand very well and this is actually one of the most comfortable sticks I have used. The buttons are well layed out with plenty of them available making programming for BF2 (which has a fair few controls to map for the flying beasts) a snap. The logitech profile software is robust and easy to use. The buttons have a bit of a lightweight feel but their tactile response is good with a nice “click” to it so you know when it has engaged.
Overall I give it a high “score” and for those who do not want to spend a fortune but want good quality this stick is well worth a look. The current special instore makes this a good buy for that young gamer of yours this Christmas or even for yourself. With a whole new crop of racers due out soon buying a decent stick that is completely compatible with todays XP and backed up by a company like Logitech makes sense if like me you have been using your current stick for a number of years and it's getting a little sad and sloppy.