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Endicott Joystick

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In its ad, Endicott took advantage of Radio Shack's shift from the metal sticks to more fragile plastic ones:

Tired of broken joysticks? Ours are built to last, with good smooth pots and a stronger lever and internal mechanism (similar to the original Radio Shack design). Get your joystick programs working the way they should!

From Jim Reed's review in The Rainbow's October 1982 issue:

At first glance, the Endicott joystick looks a lot like the Radio Shack model. At the end of a six-foot cord is a black plastic box with a chrome stick and a red button. It's small enough to wrap your fingers around and it's solid. The secret of Endicott's built-to-take-it construction seems to lie in the ridged design; the corners and ridges reinforce the box in much the same way corrugation adds strength to cardboard, and steel, too, for that matter. If you are the type who steps on his equipment, or has kids, then this Sampsonite of joysticks may be just what you're looking for.

In use, we found the Endicott joystick to be smooth and responsive. Our only criticism is that the lever is too much like power steering; we'd prefer more resistance in order to have a better “feel" for the action. Still, the price is right and the Endicott joysticks are not only made to last but are small enough to tuck behind the 80C until you need them.