Saitek AV8R Joystick review

A decent joystick at a highly affordable price

TechRadar Verdict

Affordable, but sort out those switches


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    Surprisingly sturdy


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    Switches not very tactile

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It was only recently that we were lamenting the lack of good PC joysticks and look what should arrive but an affordable, chunky flight stick from long-time waggle-tech supremo Saitek.

The ludicrously monickered AV8R joystick is a pinch at £20 but seems sturdy enough to survive even the most canopy-rattling dogfights.

The neat split throttle is a feature not often seen on budget twigs, and the big red button is always a welcome addition to any combat-orientated peripheral. Our only gripe is that the four switches aren't as tactile as we'd like. Still, there's no shortage of buttons to configure. was the former name of Its staff were at the forefront of the digital publishing revolution, and spearheaded the move to bring consumer technology journalism to its natural home – online. Many of the current TechRadar staff started life a staff writer, covering everything from the emerging smartphone market to the evolving market of personal computers. Think of it as the building blocks of the TechRadar you love today.