Selected TrackIR Testimonials ::
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How TrackIR helps flight simulation...
"Just a quick note to say thanks..The TrackIR is nothing short of awesome.
No video can give it justice. I'd say get it and..Put your head in your sim/game.
Completly top shelf no need for questions..the answers you get would only make you slobber more.
10 out of a 10 ranking in my book..PERIOD."
—John Blevins, CEO VRSair, vrseries.com, 3/17/2008
"TrackIR 4 has been the single best add on I have ever bought for flight
simulation. With full head movement within the cockpit it truly puts you
into the game and makes you realize what you have been missing out on. Thank
you again for this amazing product."
—Mark, Pittsburgh, PA, 2/13/2008
"Just a note of thanks for creating such an amazing product. I received my TrackIR 4 last night. Finally - after playing MS-Flight Simulator for over 25 years (the first version of Flight Simulator on an APPLE II – to FSX) I feel like I am in the cockpit of an actual plane!"
—Thomas B., Geneseo, IL, 7/10/2007
"Just installed TrackIR 4 Pro and I am so glad I took the plunge. I have thought about adding the TrackIR to my peripherals but never would afford it, thought it was a gimmick. Through the years I read reviews and finally the review in Computer Pilot caught my attention. I purchased it and then got buyer's remorse before it even arrived. When I got it, I was disappointed at the size of the unit. I thought a unit this small that cost so much could not possibly work right. I put off installing the TrackIR for days. Tonight I finally installed it and fired up FS2004...OH MY GOD, unbelievable. Straight out of the box it worked flawlessly, never in my wildest dreams would I have thought it would work this well. I have been flying sims since Falcon 1.0 and I fell like I have been freed from living under a rock. This product makes the flightsim experience so much more realistic and pleasurable. I wish I had words to describe what I experienced tonight. Worth every penny and more. No regents and definitely no remorse here. Thank you for coming through on a great product, I truly believe this product should receive the PC add-on product of the decade award."
"I am just getting into flight sim gaming. Some veteran flight sim pilots strongly suggested that the most critical component of their hardware setup was the TrackIR head tracking device. Mind you, these are folks with hundreds of dollars invested into their HOTAS systems and high end gaming computers. I own a CH Combatstick and the hat switch is kind of difficult for me to access due to my having small hands. CH makes their sticks to F16 specifications. Large sticks. So I ordered the TrackIR and from the moment I first enabled it I knew my gaming world took a quantum leap forward. I will no longer have to struggle to reach the hat switch and become distracted fumbling around my joystick trying to spot that bogey getting ready to turn my aircraft into a flaming heap of wreckage. This device will greatly increase your ability to focus on searching out enemy planes to engage in dogfights or take evasive action to avoid being blasted out of the sky. Easy to install and simple to setup. If you are serious about flight sims and other games that are supported by this hardware I say get it at all costs. You will be glad you did. Your gaming experience will never be the same after using this head tracking device. Joysticks, throttles, pedals, mouse, are all good devices but this baby will only enhance your ability to utilize those devices. I am not working for TrackIR, but I will be a customer as long as they keep making quality products like this. Good gaming to you and I hope this sold you on your need to break out the wallet and drop some cash for a truly innovative piece of hardware for the serious gamer. Works real good in IL 2 1946 Forgotten Battles."
—Kevin P. Gibson, Dixon, IL, 2/24/2007
"TrackIR Vector-Enhanced Optical Head Tracker is the most realistic add-on to Falcon 4 Allied Forces since the HOTAS. The dynamic visual realism/situational awareness is superb, and the immersion in F4AF simply defies description."
—Harry C., Sunnyvale, CA, 11/2006
How TrackIR helps racing simulation...
"Good racers look around a lot when they are in the heat of the battle, they need to know where that car is who they are trying to overtake, or who is overtaking them. To race fairly and not have a crash, they need that spatial awareness to know when they can cut in and how close they can get to the apex of the bend."
—Scawen Roberts, Live for Speed, 6/15/2007
"The TrackIR Pro certainly makes you quicker. The added flexibility in your driving view gives you the opportunity to watch into the apex as in real life, instead of a view ahead with the standard game view. Due to this you can watch further onto the track and anticipate earlier to the next corner or driving line you need to follow. It also gives you the advantage of having a broader and easier view in close racing situations where you have a better view where your opponent is. This doesn't make you faster, but gives you a major advantage when going 2 wide into a corner. It can make the difference between a great overtaking maneuver or a crash."
—Blootacker Joeri, BeRacing, Belgium, 2/2007
"The TrackIR is cool and has some neat features. I really like being able to customize the amount of rotation that occurs, so you can still see where you are on the track. It's a great product and I've told a lot of my friends about it."
—Jonathan Pillion, 11/16/2006
How TrackIR helps a glider flight instructor...
"It is a rare event when a recently-purchased electronics item makes your whole computer seem "magical". For me, this is that piece of equipment.
"First, let me tell you about how I use it.
On the weekends, I am a glider flight instructor. I spend a lot of time in the back seat of a two seater glider while the student makes mistakes, and I try to keep us from landing in a random field, or getting us killed.
It came across me one day to use a flight simulator to help train glider pilot students how to fly, with less stick time in the air. This has all sorts of benefits. Glider pilots train differently than power pilots. We train to feel the aircraft. Look around. Look for that bird. You can't fly this thing with a neck brace on: Focusing on the instrument panel.
Flight simulators dedicated to soaring, such as "Silent Wings" does a really good job for all of the mechanics of soaring. However, it still feels like I have a neck brace on -- forced to look at the instrument panel, reaching for an awkward coolie hat on my joystick to look around. THAT'S NOT HOW YOU FLY GLIDERS! It's by far the second worst habit that power pilots seeking to transition to gliders has. Look forward. (The first bad habit is, "What are these pedals for?", but that's another story)
"Years ago, before the invention of TrackIR, my mentor instructor tried to get the other instructors in our flying club to accept the idea of using flight simulators to help out. The idea was rejected. "Too hard to look around" "not realistic enough" "Doesn't really feel like a glider"
"Now: Enter the TrackIR. If I decide to help use this as a ground-instruction training tool, the student can TURN HIS HEAD to the side to look before turning. He can shift to the side in his seat to try to get a better view of the towplane in flight. He can look all the way around to the edge of the wingtip to figure out if it's time to turn base. He can lean forward to see the instrument panel better. (But in reality, you can't lean that far forward, due to the shoulder harness).
I just spent 2 hours flying what really felt like very realistic flying. The simulator is good. With the TrackIR and head movement, it is EXCELLENT. I am really excited about this product, and am very pleased it was available for me to purchase at a reasonable price."
— Piet Barber, South Riding, VA, 3/24/2007
How TrackIR helps gaming and simming in general...
"Just wanted to say that the Track IR Pro with the Clip is the most awesome piece of computer hardware I've ever bought!
"I use it for FS X and TDU right now. It has enhanced my FS X experience incredibly. It's a complete new sim now! The freedom I experience is absolutely awesome! It totally changed the way I use the sim!
I used to do short GA-flights (half an hour max) and frequently speeded up the time. I started on the runway and stopped FS as soon as I landed. Not anymore! I do not even THINK about speeding FS up because... it's just not real! And Track IR makes FS so REAL!
Now I always start with a cold and dark cockpit at the parking or gate and I do not quit until I'm cold and dark again at a parking or gate. Now I'm flying an hour and a half before I know it! It's as if I'm really there!
I also always used to fly the same plane everytime because I didn't like to have to get used to all those different popup panels you needed (they are very often different for each plane) and looking around with the mouse was too tedious, but now I load another aircraft and just look around to find everything! At the moment I fly the Maule because you can see so much from that VC: you can even look right down. Very nice to see those cars passing underneath you while you are landing.
Well, anyway, Track IR Pro rocks, it's freakin' awesome, it works like a charm and I couldn't play without it anymore. FS will never be the same. It has become THE game for me now. Nothing better than relaxing up high in the sky! And all that thx to Track IR."
"I have been using your TrackIR for about 2 years. I was the first of all of my gaming friends to give it a shot. I race, fly, and a few other things on my computer. I have used Racing Simulations at Car shows to help younger audiences get the feel of what it is like to race. An old friend of mine, who is also a past 2 time ARCA Champion. He said that the game is good but you don’t get the feel of the car. In short there is little situational awareness. That is how I learned to Fly and Race on simulations. Since your situational awareness is paramount in both simulations. The league I race with has in a monthly race listings over 400 people. Now since I have the TIR3, The gear works my views in Papyrus’ NASCAR Racing 2003. I was talking to my fellow simmers about it, and instantly they all began questioning me on the differences in my sim experience. I told them that even in a 2 axis mode, it made the game about 99% more realistic. The same is true of flight sims. I am anticipating the arrival of my new Vector Expansion kit, which I have been watching via UPS Tracking making its way across the country. In short this product WORKS! This product will give you the situational awareness when you are racing three wide, or trying to out run a SAM as you fly to complete your combat missions. In these applications, the one with the best situational awareness WINS! Great Product, Great Hardware, keep up the excellent work NaturalPoint! It takes great sims to capture our imaginations, and it takes your product to set us free inside of them!"
—Kyle D. Willetts, Ohio, 4/6/2007
"I recently received a TrackIR 4:PRO as a prize I won in an event you sponsored for RACER (www.rf-racer.com). I just wanted to say that I'm absolutely delighted with it, especially as my other big PC hobby is Orbiter. It has made a brilliant contribution to my gaming setup and I want to extend my thanks to your company both for your generosity and the production of the one fine piece of kit."
—Simon Rigby, UK, 11/2006
"Just wanted to drop you guys at NaturalPoint a message
to say that I am absolutely thrilled with my Tir4 I
received this week. I had been a longtime user of
TiR2, which I thought was all I'd ever need. WRONG.
This upgrade far exceeds my expectations. The
freakishly tiny cam has infinite placement options,
the software makes for a no-brainer install, and the
UI is intuitive, powerful, and cake to use. Best and
most important of all, the upgrade to "vector
expansion" simply kicks me right in the ass it's so
good. You guys have a killer product, consider me a
born again TiR disciple. I plan on bringing as many
of the ignorant flight-simming masses to the fold as I
can. It still blows me away how many sim fans have no
idea what TiR even is. I ask them, "would you play
this without a joystick? (obvious answer, "no") Ok
then, you understand the importance of that control.
Now pull your head out of the stone-ages and get it
INTO THE GAME with a TiR4, for crying out loud!".
People have absolutely no idea what they're missing,
but as long as they remain the poor suckers I'm
shooting out of the sky, that's a good thing I
Bravo. And bra-VO."
"I just received the TrackIR 4:PRO today. After the easy installation and running MS Flight Simulator 2004 I was stunned. The question raised "where were you all those years". I just want to thank you guys for making this excellent product. This is the best hardware I bought in years!"
—Axe de Jong, The Netherlands, 7/2006
"I've found Track-IR inmersive and "cool" in rFactor, found Track-IR an advantage in Combat Flight Sims... but I found absolute necessary in netkar... maybe it's the fov but it's great and intuitive looking for the apex at each turn. It's a must.
TrackIR adds so much immersion to the racing experience! You feel much more involved - I needed only minutes to adjust to it. The key is not to think about it - then everything works as if you never drove without it! These were some of the best spent 100$ on my PC."