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Hardware News   Hardware News : Test: Speedlink - Competition Pro USB
   posted by alef on 8-Oct-2006 1:53:00 (2930 reads)
AmigaWeb.Net has posted a test of both the silver/blue and red/black version of the ressurected Competition Pro joysticks.

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Re: Test: Speedlink - Competition Pro USB
Posted on 8-Oct-2006 10:23:07
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a real 80s joystick for the PC.



hmmmm .... Nice chair !!


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Re: Test: Speedlink - Competition Pro USB
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nonononononnononooooooo!... that is not a proper review

There is no mentions of the un prepared plastic bits that i cut myself on the first time i played a game with the stick... (same on all 3 , i had to use some sandpaper to brush away thoose rough corners (someone here on AW tipped me off on dooing just that, many thanks to him.)

There is no mention of that there is 2 extra buttons on this model compared to the old Comp.pro, and ofcourse that theese new buttons is a pain in the #### if you play games like i do , in other words my wrist is resting on the bottom of the stick and therefor button 3 and 4 is very easily pressed and sadly in later games for Amiga that will either mean "pause" or umm reboot

There is no mention of the package it came in, very nice indeed but even if i bought 3 of theese, the third one was still hell to open grrrrr damn melted plastic

Also finally theese joysticks was never put through the bench like the old ones so theese sticks are way too stiff when you start using them but if you hire in a few kids and fire up decathlon or sexgames on c64 or simmilar wiggle the stick games for a few days then the stick is damn good....that is if its loosend up !.

I disabled button 3 and 4 in AmigaInput for certain tasks to avoid irritation and it helps and i suggest that everyone else do the same if they plan on using the stick for more than shelfplace.

The idea of the comp.pro usb was great but they should have gone for the orginal design + the soft stick style and not like thoose copies of the comp pro which came in the early 90's as they act the same as this new one (too stiff, buttons is not a comp pro style but zipstick model 1 style)


Another cool thing is that they have theese Comp Pro Usb's in the local games shop here and thats imo neat .

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Re: Test: Speedlink - Competition Pro USB
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AmigaWeb makes test on PC. Nice touch

Is it possible to have these joysticks tested on OS4?

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mailman: see what i wrote, i only use Amiga and i have 3 of theese sticks, they work fine in OS4.


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Re: Test: Speedlink - Competition Pro USB
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Thanks for the information about OS4 Toaks. I knew they work on OS4 but I would like to see them tested in action ON OS4 (Amiga Classic with USB) not ON PC (I have nothing against PCs but on Amiga portal you should have some information about Amiga). Maybe you would write some informative review? Do you also have different types of them (red/blue)?

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Re: Test: Speedlink - Competition Pro USB
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Yeah, I have the red/black version, and though I didn't have the problem Toaks had (with sandpapering necessary), I've had problems with the button quality. The stick itself is ok, but the quality of the switches in the buttons is horrendous. Some buttons barely work and I've had to resolve to using the smaller ones, because you have to press exactly straight down on the big ones before they work.

These sticks don't share the build quality of the old ones for sure

 
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mailman: 2 red and black and 1 blue and black.

as for a review, dunno...dont really know what more to say than what i did allready.


Trezzer: oh , so u didnt have to resort to sandpaper, good.
As for the buttons, hmm yes they make a "harder" sound when u press them down in an angle, i will try with some sandpaper on that too , might help


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Re: Test: Speedlink - Competition Pro USB
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Last time I was at the supermarket I saw some of these joysticks and thought oh great! I want one!

but I checked one and it seems these joysticks don't use "cupping glasses" (is that called that way? I mean the plastic pieces that keep the joystick firm in the table). So It's a pity... a joystick unstable in the table is not a good joystick IMHO... maybe it's easy to add manually 4 "cupping glasses" but my "zipstick" still works (although it's not USB)


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Re: Test: Speedlink - Competition Pro USB
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I find the joystick cheap looking, it doesn't look as sturdy as the original (without the 2 silly buttons) and I don't like the two little buttons. Fortunally I still have a lot of good joysticks for my Amiga.

You are better of building something yourselfs, just like I did about 5 years ago. I made an arcade controller with an I-Pac, it can be connected to USB or PS/2. It works great on my Pegasos and x86 Linux box, especially with MAME The IPac should also work fine on OS4.



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Re: Test: Speedlink - Competition Pro USB
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For anyone who is after the Competition Pro USB:

Red/Black Edition:
http://amigakit.leamancomputing.com/catalog/product_info.php?products_id=271

Blue/Silver Special Edition:
http://amigakit.leamancomputing.com/catalog/product_info.php?products_id=314


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nonononononnononooooooo!... that is not a proper review




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There is no mentions of the un prepared plastic bits that i cut myself on the first time i played a game with the stick...


I've rechecked both the joysticks I tested and I can't find any sharp edges on these ones. Maybe it was fixed on newer models?

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There is no mention of that there is 2 extra buttons on this model compared to the old Comp.pro, and ofcourse that theese new buttons is a pain in the #### if you play games like i do


I'll agree to that, those buttons serves no purpose. Better to just leave em unassigned.

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There is no mention of the package it came in, very nice indeed...


I agree, here's a picture:



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AmigaWeb makes test on PC. Nice touch.


My MicroA1 died after just 3 days. Unfortunatly I can't get new hardware at the moment for obvious reasons. So for the time being all I can do is wait :)


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Re: Test: Speedlink - Competition Pro USB
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stian: seems the melting process has either been fixed or they have started to prep the sticks better before assembling them , good to know there aint any more sharp edges or "dots" which you cut yerself on anymore!.. and i hope this go for everyone.

sad to hear about the a1 , thanks for the picture of the box'ing

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Is it true that the blue version is more solid than the red version? people on other sites claim it is.

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Re: Test: Speedlink - Competition Pro USB
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Is it true that the blue version is more solid than the red version? people on other sites claim it is.


It might be more solid but it was a bit heavy to move the stick.I had to hold the joystick real firm with the other hand for it not to slip.


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stian:

i allready told how to fix that, play sexgames on the c64 for a few hours and the stiffness is gone....and umm i mean in the joystick....umm that would be the COMP.PRO USB stick... ok


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Yeah, it might just be because it's new. It might get better with a little abuse I guess :)


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Re: Test: Speedlink - Competition Pro USB
Posted on 9-Oct-2006 22:58:05
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IMO the Competition Pro USB is barely usable at all. The main problem is the fact that its polling rate is only 12.5 times per second, resulting in an even visually noticeable delay.


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