Logitech Attack 3 joystick

Logitech Attack 3 joystick


Logitech Attack 3 joystick is one of the few choices available for left-handed simulator fly-boys, and others may love the value for investment that it offers, but there are compromises that one must be aware of before making the decision.

Joystick on a budget

Logitech Attack 3 joystick
Left-handed gamers are suffering a lot when it comes to gaming equipment: many gaming mice are designed for left-handed use, as are many of the special gaming keyboards as far as it comes to the positioning of the special keys. The worst area, without a doubt, are gaming joysticks. It is very hard to find a joystick that a leftie can use and when you do find one, it is usually the most stripped down model in the producer's catalogue.

The above holds true also for Logitech Attack 3. It is the most affordable of Logitech's selection of gaming joysticks and the only one of them that is also ambidextrous. This translates into no force feedback, no twist handle, no hat switch. But, despite these shortcomings, we ventured to see if the Attack 3 is of at least some use in flight simulators and other games that require a joystick to be fully enjoyed.


The design of the Attack 3 joystick resembles the more expensive joysticks Logitech has on the market, except that it is a bit smaller, requiring less space on the table. Overall, the joystick professes 11 buttons, but – due to the ambidextrous design – only 9 of these buttons are effectively usable. This is because there are two buttons on the base of the unit on either side of the joystick that you can use with your free hand and naturally you will not be able to reach the buttons on the opposite side of the joystick too well when you play. Additional 2 buttons are located by the throttle switch on the front side of the unit while the remaining 5 buttons are all on the stick itself, one of them being the trigger. All of the buttons give a nice click when pressed, so you know that the button press will have been registered.

Logitech Attack 3 joystick
The spring on the joystick – no force feedback, remember? - is yielding, but not too much so, managing to centre the joystick very well in action. Earlier reports of this joystick told that the joystick needed to be recalibrated frequently in order to keep it centred correctly, but I didn't notice such problems during the 2 month testing that I gave to my sample, mainly playing MS Flight Simulator X.

In action

Given its limitations, Attack 3 is a reliable partner to any aspiring simulator pilot. The joystick handle may be on the small side to someone with a large hand (me), but not uncomfortably so, and the top buttons are easy to reach with the touch of a thumb. The throttle switch is in the middle of the front panel of the joystick, so it may be hidden a bit by the player's wrist, but it can still be reached nicely with the other hand. The pads on the bottom of the base keep the unit solidly on the table surface and you don't have to keep it in place with your other hand as you play – allowing you to use the keyboard or the mouse for those actions that cannot be performed with the joystick. Given the lack of a hat switch, this need is real.

The failings of this budget joystick cannot be denied. Even if you can use the mouse to somewhat alleviate the lack of a hat switch, there are functions that simply cannot be replaced with any other method. One of these is rudder control, which is an essential part of any flight experience. Some simulators allow you to set rudder control to auto whenever you bank your plane, but for those small manoeuvres that you want to make to align your aiming reticule in air battles, the rudder control is of utmost importance. And let me not start on take-offs and landings, when your plane wants to turn left and you don't have pedals to adjust the rudder with. The lack of a twist handle on the Attack 3 is therefore a real failing.


Logitech Attack 3 joystick
As far as budget joysticks go, Attack 3 is a good choice. However, anyone who takes flight simulators or air battles seriously will certainly miss the hat switch and twist handle that most slightly more expensive joysticks offer. Unfortunately, most of those more expensive joysticks are also for right-handed players only, so us left-handed fly-boys are left out of some of the best features out there. Considering the price and usability, our overall score for this unit is a bit of a compromise – the joystick is excellent for its price, but falls short of what one needs to have when playing flight simulators.

Score: 6.5/10