Mag Stik Plus Arcade Joystick
Brand : Ultimarc
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Switching between 4 & 8 way has never been easier! Simply lift the handle & twist! There is no need to open your control panel every time you want to adjust the mode.
The Mag-Stik is not centered with a spring, but instead uses an internal magnet. A light action gives the ultimate in joystick feel and sensitivity. When mounted, this stick can be switched between 4 & 8 way using the joystick handle giving you total control over your arcade games. This joystick keeps the panel arcade-real but still gives the ability to play all 4 or 8 way games with the true feel of the correct mechanically-limited stick.
Pull out the stick against the spring pressure, continue pulling while rotating, until the mechanism engages, then turn anticlockwise for 8-way, or clockwise for 4-way. The stick clicks into position when turned 45 degrees. The mechanism actually rotates an internal restrictor plate and also rotates the microswitch actuator for a perfect 4-8 way transition.
If your mounting method required removal of the joystick knob, this is done by removing the entire shaft. The Nylock nut on the rear end of the shaft is removed first. On the Mag-Stik Plus note carefully the order of assembly of the parts, especially the location of the toothed lock-washer, under the U-bracket. Beware of the spring which is under pressure! In case you forgot how it fits together, there is a diagram showing the assembly in the images above.
I did lots of research on these before buying 2 for my cab and found very conflicting information.
Mostly personal preference stuff but here Are my opinions:
The sticks are very well made and look great with the chrome shaft covers which fit my chromed bezzeled buttons very nice.
The throw on these sticks is VERY short, This really anoys some people but I Find it nice as it makes for much more snappy controls and I found moves in some fighting games easier to pull off (Towards towards attack things like that).
Also because of the magnetic return there is no deflection and Neutral is very sturdy. But the tension is Quite high.
Part of the problem for this I think is the Micro switches that are used they are quite stiff and "clicky" So I changed these out for Cherrys which have inproved the feel and reduced the tension a bit.
I am waiting on some adjustable switches at the moment to see if that can be inproved further.
Of course the big feature of these sticks is the ability to change from 4-way to 8 way.
There are 2 ways this can be done via the lever on the underside or by pulling up and twiasting the joystick itself.
I have found personally that I prefer to use the lever, I have a hinged CP so its not a problem getting at them for me but if you are mounting to a Fixed CP the joystick pull method works ok to.
My only complaint about this is sometimes its hard to work out when you are in the right place to pull and turn as the sticks rotate in normal use.
You have to sort of gently pull up and turn until you feel the mech engage and then twist one way or the other (I also forget which way to turn!)
As I say it works fine but I find it quicker to use the lever, A bit more of a positive engagement would be nice!
In terms of actual game play they work fine and do the job, I have found my scores and abilities have increased on some games and decreased on others, It is very much a personal opinion thing these sticks, Bit like marmite I think!
But they definatly take some getting used to so be prepared to give them a good run in period if you are used to other sticks becasue these are very different!