Finding a joystick doesn't have to be a daunting task. There are certain features you should watch for, such as whether it's USB or not. Make sure that the joystick is compatible with your computer and don't feel pressured into getting the most expensive. This doesn't always mean it's the best.
WarrantyAlthough, this will probably not be a deciding factor in which joystick you buy, you should always check to see what the warranty is. Sometimes stores will offer an additional warranty. A good warranty is also a sign that the company has confidence that the joystick will last at least as long as its covered; so the longer the better.
Don't purchase a joystick without getting recommendations from your friends, gamers, and reviewers. They have first hand experience with joysticks and can help you avoid buying one that you won't be happy with.
Comfortable DesignComfort is probably something many people think about when buying a joystick. It needs to fit your hand correctly. Sometimes simpler is better. It's also important to think about location of buttons. It goes without saying that, when playing you need to be able to easily and quickly reach controls. Be sure to get a joystick you are comfortable, or else you may regret it later. Even if it means going to the store and then ordering online to get the best price.
Force FeedBackWhat is force feedback? The joystick will vibrate in attempt to give a more realistic feel to action in gameplay. What to make the action a bit more real, try a joystick with force feedback. The only way to really know if you like force feedback is to try it.
System RequirementsIt seems simple enough to check the system requirements, but how many of us actually give them a good look. Generally, minimum requirements and recommended requirements will be listed. Meeting the recommended standards will increase the chances that it will run correctly on your system.
Left handed or right handedSome are ambidextrous, but many are not meant for lefties. But many companies did forget about the left-handed gamers, so your choices will be narrowed down a bit.
Even if it seems like a good deal, it might not be. Check online to compare prices quickly and go to your local stores. Even with shipping, buying online can save you a lot of money.