I didn't make it!
Well I finally decided to spend a bit of money to get one.
My thoughts on it:
Although the price tag is alittle steep it is a great little add on for anyone who is into flight sims. It is easy to set up and you can get right into gaming once you turn the device on.
Physically the part that picks up on your movement is small (whole thing is about 2.5 inches by 3 inches). This means that it really doesn't bother you while you are playing.
The head piece that comes with the Track IR is basically some thin spring steel with Three pieces of reflective tape on in. Apart from forcing you to wear a cap with it and making you look pretty goofy it actually isn't noticeable while you are playing.
Now for the performance:
I used it on IL2 and FSX and it worked very well. In FSX It allows for more control of your aircraft especially during maneuvers such as Hovering with choppers, and it makes for much more accurate landings. I Havn't taken up any of the High G planes yet so I havn't been able to see how much "stunt" flying improves with it.
IL2: This is where this beauty shines. The main reason I wanted it was because I couldn't track planes properly using the hat switch on my Joystick It was just to clumsy and it always threw off my flying. I put this little toy on and the improvement was staggering. I can now keep the enemy in view almost completely. Its insane to be able to keep a bomber in view while cork screwing around him to bleed off some speed so that you can dive down past him and fire some cannon rounds through his engine.
Due to the fact that there are very few people who keep their heads in the same spot while they are playing games it also has an option for re-centering so that you can always line back up properly just by pressing the key you programed for it.
The software also comes with a mouse emulator which allows you to use your head to move the cursor over the screen which would probably help out alot for people who use laptops alot. Unfortunately it is also the only way one can program the free look in bf2 to work with TrackIR. (Thank you EA once again). Although it does help with the more natural feel of looking around with your head than your hand, the same problem of not being able to control the aircraft while in free look still stands.
To sum things Up If you are a fan of Flight sims and racing sims this is a great device, simple and effective.
Since it is starting to be supported in more FPS games its usefulness is still increasing.
If you only play BF2 or FH2 then don't bother buying it, because EA sucks.
So to conclude this post I'll just use the typical useless scale from 1 to 10.
I give this a 9 to 9.5 on ten, Mostly do to the fact that it isn't useful for all gaming, and the price tag is a bit hefty. Apart from that it does add more of a realistic touch to simulators and it does work extremely well.
Dread pwns me!
17th October 2003
I don't have the latest version, but I agree that TrackIR is a wonderful device if you're at all into flight sims. Gives you almost the feel of sitting in a cockpit. No hatswitch, no fiddling with your mouse, just look. Big advantage in those "full realism" servers.
Ore o Dare da to Omotte Yagaru
4th March 2006
I've always wanted one of these! I have FSX but the computer I'm on now isnt powerful enough to run it, so down the road when I get a new computer this thing is gonna go right along side it!
28th August 2006
I can't wait for this to be fully integrated into all FPSs...I will not have a life.:p