It is well known that the quality of your gaming gear affects your gaming experience considerably, which is why you shouldn’t be skimping on the costs of a good joystick or gamepad. This is something all gamers learn at some point or another, usually the hard way.
Even so, there is really no point in overspending either, especially when the functions of your desired joystick don’t really justify the price. In order to find a good balance between what is worth spending money on and what is overpriced just for the sake of having a sleek design. To give you a better idea of what the market has to offer, we put together a list of the ten best joysticks money can buy.
10Mad Catz V.1 Stick for PC
This is an ergonomic, ambidextrous stick with a trigger and five buttons. Thanks to a POV switch, you can change your perspective while gaming easily and without exposing yourself in the process. At the same time, it has a pinkie switch that operates just as a normal control, or you can program it as a shift button to double up your control functions. Not only that but it also has a throttle lever for a smoother, more realistic engine control.
9CH Products Flightstick Pro USB 4-Button Joystick
We should point out that this particular joystick has 3 axis and 12 buttons that enable you to choose between a total of 22 programmable functions thanks to a cleverly designed Control Manager software. It also has a comfortable grip designed for both left and right-handed operation along with a quality construction that enables it to survive long gaming sessions without showing any signs of damage in the long run.
8Logitech Attack 3 Joystick
At this point in time, every passionate gamer should know about Logitech’s Attack 3 Joystick as it has been around for quite a while. It owes its popularity, however, to its comfortable handle, its smooth, precise controls, and to its long-lasting durability. Furthermore, it also benefits from the firepower guaranteed by 11 programmable buttons that will help you choose the right combination that best suits your gaming needs.
7Gladiator Joystick Flight Simulator Controller Stick
What makes this particular joystick is the fact that it is a real WWII KG12 Grip Replica, a design that has real world applications. As such, it benefits from an ergonomic grip angle that allows you to make smooth, precise maneuvers without too much effort. At the same time, this joystick has pitch, roll, and twist axes so as to put you in full control over your in-game movement as effortlessly as possible.
6Thrustmaster Hotas Warthog Joystick
Thanks to its ingenious construction, this 16-bit joystick will allow you to experience some of the highest standard of gaming possible on a joystick. In this respect, it kind of justifies the seemingly high price but understandably so. For instance, it benefits from ingenious technologies like a HEART HallEffect AccuRate system and 3D magnetic sensors on the stick. Not only that but the joystick itself is also an almost exact replica of the U.S. Air Force A-10C’s joystick.
5Saitek X52 Pro Flight System Controller
What makes this joystick stand out is the fact that it has an Advanced Multi-Function Display system that provides you with a realistic flying interaction experience. It also has two dedicated MFD buttons and two rotary dials with in-built buttons designed to let you control any additional game features. Interestingly enough, the joystick also has a precision centering mechanism and a non-contact technology to enable you to make accurate moves in any game.
4Thrustmaster T-Flight Stick X Flight Stick
It is the wide hand rest that makes this particular joystick so popular among gamers, a feature most of us wish more joysticks had. It also benefits from 12 fully programmable buttons & axis along with an adjustable resistance control. Not only that but it also has a button mapping feature that allows you to relocate functions between buttons as easily as possible. In this respect, this is perhaps one of the most user-friendly joysticks out there.
3Thrustmaster T-16000M Flight Stick
The fact that so many Thrustmaster joysticks made their way onto our list should come as no surprise to any experienced gamer, as they are by far the most reputable manufacturer in the industry. When you look at joysticks like the T-16000M Flight Stick you immediately understand why that it. For instance, it benefits from a Hall Effect Accurate Technology that offers the highest precision possible thanks to state of the art magnetic sensors, a helical spring, 16 action buttons, 3D magnetic sensors, and a lot more.
2Logitech Extreme 3D Pro Joystick
Logitech’s Extreme 3D Pro Joystick benefits from 12 action buttons, an 8-way hat switch, a rapid-fire trigger, a button customization feature, and multiple controller configurations. It does so without being too costly, which may explain the joystick’s popularity in the first place. As a matter of fact, this is by far one of the most popular joysticks ever made and understandably so given its proven reliability.
1Thrustmaster T-Flight Hotas X Flight Stick
The T-Flight Hotas X is at this point in time, Thrustmaster’s most popular joystick. The reasons behind this being that it has a wide hand-rest for optimal comfort, a dual-system aerodynamic control, an internal memory to save your settings, and a detachable, real-size, ergonomically-designed throttle control for good measure. It is also a high-precision joystick by all standards, a precision it owes to its adjustable resistance feature. Overall, it is one of the best joysticks the market has to offer right now.