Originally Posted by BarryB
I might actually pony up and buy one of them Comp Pros having considered that most on ebay are 2nd hand! Wonder if Amigakit will stock them?
Not before Xmas. AmigaKit - along with all other resellers - promised to help out with financing this huge project, but didn't come up with more than these promises. I therefore decided that these joysticks won't be sold through resellers before 2015. Any reseller who is taking orders right now should also inform you of a delivery date "not this year".
Originally Posted by dirkies
The originals were Suzo sticks & dipswitches, explains why they were unbreakable. These remakes for pc were cheap clones, the interior being completely different and inferior, explaining why so many break after a while. The Suzo ones feel also heavier and use leaf contacts for the buttons, remakes use clicky cheap dipswitches.
Are these ones again solid Suzo models or just the same plasticky clones with a db9 connector?
I don't know where you got your information from - a "dip switch" is something that is mounted on a circuit board for option selection, something that you don't want to switch more than once a week because you need a small tool or good fingernails for that.
These joysticks use industrial micro switches, and yes, they click very loud. It's an iconic noise for their high quality. These industrial microswitches have a guaranteed MTBF of 10 million actuations, which can safely be translated into "well over 10 million under these conditions". This is assuming that the switching current is under 1 amp. Well, in a joystick, it's a few milliamps, so the electrical limit will likely never be exceeded.
The first two production runs of 2005 and 2008 were pretty much the same as these new joysticks. From production run #1 to #2, the snap ring that holds the metal stick was improved, as there was a whopping 0.04% returns with broken snap rings.
Out of the second production run, a total of two units were returned. One of them had the cable ripped out, and the other had a loose wire internally. With so few returns, there was no need for a change for the third production run. All we changed is the print on the box.