The Mad Catz Panther
is designed to sit on the left when used with a joystick or either side when used alone. Those who like to hold the controller in their lap are out of luck as this system is composed of two separate components, only suited to the desktop (flat surface). The Controlball is large enough to be ergonomically pleasing and is flanked on either side with a button and one below. The lower button is the only thing I don?t understand in that I awkwardly have to use my index finger to push it, which removes my hand from proximity to the controlball.
Initially, I had mixed feelings about this system in that the trackball, which is your ?eyes? in FPS games is now on the left, whereas with the mouse-keyboard system it is on the right. This resulted in a slightly longer initiation process before I felt comfortable. But believe me, it is well worth the practice as the reward is a vastly increased enjoyment of the game. Half-Life and Unreal are a blast!!!