Logitech Freedom 2.4 Cordless

Review

posted 7/30/2003 by John Yan
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Three large rubberized feet offer a nice base for you to set the stick on. The tripod configuration of the rubber feet offer a good amount of traction and it stayed still nicely on all the desk surfaces I tested on. Its wide base keeps the stick stable during all sorts of fast action. By taking off the bottom of the base, you insert three AA batteries to power the stick.

If you own other Logitech wireless game controllers, the receiver will look very familiar. On the front is a connection button with an LED underneath. If, for some reason the connection between the receiver and the joystick gets interrupted, you can reconnect the two by pushing the connect button and then any button on the joystick. A solid green means that you have a solid connection. If it’s blinking then you need to connect the joystick. On the joystick base there’s a clear Logitech logo that lights green when connection is made and orange when searching for the receiver.


Plugging the receiver in the USB port of my Windows XP computer, the OS had no problem recognizing the joystick and setting it up for operation. Without using any of the Logitech software, I went into the Control Panel and game controllers to see if it was operational. Sure enough, the joystick showed up correctly labeled and testing each function yielded the appropriate response. Pressing multiple buttons and performing movements with the stick and hat also showed up correctly in the test window.I do suggest installing the software though as it adds the ability to double all the buttons by assigning one as a shift button. You can also adjust the deadzone of the stick and also load profiles for certain games.

The one game I really was anxious to use this stick with was Battlefield 1942. Battlefield 1942 is a game that you really need more than one controller to truly play. With a wireless mouse and keyboard setup already, having a wireless controller for flying can really help alleviate the mess around your playing area along with being able to switch between devices without having to deal with cords. Spending a good amount of time with the game, I found flying with the Freedom 2.4 Cordless to be trouble and lag free. The stick was a bit touchy though but that was taken care of by increasing the deadzone. After I adjusted it to my liking, flying was a breeze. Having more than enough buttons to control the plane, I was soaring the skies with the greatest of ease. The controller worked out really well and I didn’t notice any delay when pressing a button or moving the stick. Playing Mechwarrior 4: Mercenaries I had another solid experience using the controller. Torso twist was easily accomplished by the twisting handle and I had no problems controlling the speed of the mech with the throttle.

The Freedom 2.4 Cordless stick is one great piece of work coming from Logitech. It offers lag free gameplay with a good amount of buttons for you to program. While I do have a few minor gripes about the layout of the top, overall I really liked how the stick handled. Logitech continues to offer great cordless solutions and the Freedom 2.4 Cordless is no exception.



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The Freedom 2.4 Cordless works and works well. With enough buttons to go around, you'll be flying planes or piloting mechs with no lag.



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