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Old 10 May 2018, 12:52   #1
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Microswitch or not to microswitch?

Hi Folks,

I recently bought a couple of Quickshot Maverick 1 joysticks, and I noticed that one of them is microswitched and the other is not. I don't remember any Quickshot sticks being microswitched back in the day, so I'm assuming one has been modified (or did they make them in both configurations?).

What are people's opinions? Which is better? What are your memories of Quickshot joysticks? (I'm probably in the minority favoring the Quickshot brand) And do you remember them coming in different versions?

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Old 10 May 2018, 20:05   #2
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I seem remember one of the quickshots being a kind of horizontal buckled spring type switch, in which the spring would sag and ruin your well practiced afterttouch after a few spirited games of Kick Off 2...

I preferred the Comp Pro myself but not the latter microswitch one, the early leaf switched one. You could take it apart, dress the points on the leafs, bend them in slightly for the ultimate in sensitivity. Still got my original one here, which came with a Kempston ZX Spectrum interface back when I was a spotty 80s kid.
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Old 10 May 2018, 22:04   #3
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Never got into the Comp Pro, seems I'm in the minority though.

The Maverick 1 is sweet when used with the right game.

Another igorant question - how hard is it to mod or repair a busted joystick?
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They are very easy to repair, and if you play a lot, you will be doing it often with those open horizontal microswitches.
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Old 11 May 2018, 11:41   #5
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I'm almost looking forward to having one break
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Old 11 May 2018, 12:01   #6
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Great joysticks. In my experience, the black Mavericks have leaf switches, while the grey ones all use microswitches. I much prefer the microswitched version.
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I thought microswitches were amazing back in the day, but these days I wouldn't touch them with a bargepole as the constant clacking might annoy my housemates.
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I thought microswitches were amazing back in the day, but these days I wouldn't touch them with a bargepole as the constant clacking might annoy my housemates.
Surely you just explain to them that there's an Amiga in the house and that they should show the proper courtesy and respect.
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I am with you in the Quickshot fan club though my preference is the Ptyhon. It comes in both microswitched and non-microswitched. I use the non-microswitched version as the noise doesnt drive my wife mad like the microswitched.
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