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#4055114 - 12/23/14 07:23 PM Cheapest place to buy TrackIR 5 pro  
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Hi all,

The title says it all.

Where's the cheapest internet site to buy TrackIR 5 pro from?

Thanks,
Stefnuts

P.S. I just went to newegg and it didn't show there!

#4055275 - 12/24/14 02:52 AM Re: Cheapest place to buy TrackIR 5 pro [Re: Stefnuts]  
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Try Amazon.com. Just saw one there (new) for $148.00


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#4055465 - 12/24/14 03:08 PM Re: Cheapest place to buy TrackIR 5 pro [Re: Hauksbee]  
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Hi,

Thanks


What's the deal with the Pro clamp or whatever that thing is
that goes on a persons headset?

Is that even needed?

I thought that the TrackIR 5 was enough.....that and the throttle & Joystick of course.

Stefnuts

#4055510 - 12/24/14 04:40 PM Re: Cheapest place to buy TrackIR 5 pro [Re: Stefnuts]  
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Originally Posted By: Stefnuts
Hi, What's the deal with the Pro clamp or whatever that thing is
that goes on a persons headset? Is that even needed?

Not only needed, but essential. The widget that's perched on your monitor projects three Infra-Red beams. The Pro Clip that's attached to your headset reflects them back and tells TrackIR which way your head is turning.

Look at the screenie below. When you launch TrackIR, you'll get this UI. As you move your head, the white cross-hairs in the center will move correspondingly. The three "head icons" on the right will too. When you have it calibrated to your satisfaction, you shrink the screen down to the Task Bar, launch WOFF and fly.


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#4055522 - 12/24/14 05:17 PM Re: Cheapest place to buy TrackIR 5 pro [Re: Hauksbee]  
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Wow!

Thanks.

So then The TrackIR 5 pro by itself isn't enough!

You need the headpiece.

Yeah the price just went up $30.......I can buy the set for $170 on the company's website.

Amazon is a tad overpriced.

Thanks,
Stefnuts

#4055537 - 12/24/14 05:50 PM Re: Cheapest place to buy TrackIR 5 pro [Re: Stefnuts]  
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Pro is what includes the extra clip.

This is the standard TrackIR 5 that just comes with a reflector clip that you can connect to a hat or headphones.
http://www.naturalpoint.com/trackir/products/trackir5/
149.95 retail

TrackIR PRO includes the TrackClip Pro (The IR clip)
169.95 currently from the official site.

Unless you grab a used one on Ebay I doubt you will find a super cheap price. There's really no incentive for them to discount it much since it's such a niche product. I mulled over getting one for years before biting the bullet. Don't regret it for a second.

Also if you play other games there are some that support it as well. Driving sims being another one that matches it very well. Euro Truck Sim 2 works great with it.

#4055930 - 12/25/14 02:22 PM Re: Cheapest place to buy TrackIR 5 pro [Re: Stefnuts]  
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I did repeat searches on Kijiji until I found a guy selling off some flight sim gear including a nearly new TrackIR which he sold me for $75.

Then there's Santa. That guy's stuff is free, but the catch is that you have to be good for, like, ever!

As for the clip, I believe the basic TrackIR comes with a hat clip, a small spring-steel clip with the reflectors that attaches to any regular baseball cap. The Trackclip pro is an alternate clip that attaches to headphones instead so you don't need a hat. Wearing a hat while playing adds to the dork factor is your wife watches, but work just as well.

#4055938 - 12/25/14 02:41 PM Re: Cheapest place to buy TrackIR 5 pro [Re: Stefnuts]  
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Nothing wrong with being a happy dork

#4056012 - 12/25/14 05:30 PM Re: Cheapest place to buy TrackIR 5 pro [Re: Stefnuts]  
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Hi, my 2 cents... FYI, I am running the latest software and using the Trackir 3 with the additional Vector software and it is working very well with WOFF. Just in case you come into an opportunity to get ahold of a Trackir 3.


#4056030 - 12/25/14 06:20 PM Re: Cheapest place to buy TrackIR 5 pro [Re: Stefnuts]  
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Originally Posted By: Stefnuts
Hi,

Thanks


What's the deal with the Pro clamp or whatever that thing is
that goes on a persons headset?

Is that even needed?

I thought that the TrackIR 5 was enough.....that and the throttle & Joystick of course.

Stefnuts


My TrackIr works fine with a hat visor clip. It was free with the TrackIr 5.
Always had planned on buying the pro clip for the headset, but still haven't felt the need to. I even use a headset when flying for sound.

#4056035 - 12/25/14 06:30 PM Re: Cheapest place to buy TrackIR 5 pro [Re: Mr_Dirt]  
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Originally Posted By: Mr_Dirt
Nothing wrong with being a happy dork


Nope, It is funny when I forget I'm wearing the hat with the hat clip.
Funniest was when I went for a pizza, wings, and beer run not knowing I had that hat on. People gave me an odd extra look at the tavern.

One of the regulars said, "I was going to ask you what you've been up to, but I can tell by your hat". He has one too...LOL. He plays racing sims.

#4056102 - 12/26/14 12:08 AM Re: Cheapest place to buy TrackIR 5 pro [Re: Stefnuts]  
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You can try TrackIR without the Pro-Clip first, and then add it if you have problems with the screen jumping around. It all depends on the lighting in the room. The basic clip reflects light, where the Pro-Clip has 3 little LED's that emit light and make a more certain projection to the receiver on your monitor that watches your head movement.

Cheers!

I hated TrackIR at first. Gave me a headache within an hour or so and I would sometimes lose my orientation in the sim and fly into the ground. This is a common complaint by many first time users. Now I can't imagine flying any sim without it. It is as important to me as a joystick. Just stick with it and it will become second nature very quickly.


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#4056288 - 12/26/14 07:48 PM Re: Cheapest place to buy TrackIR 5 pro [Re: Bucksnort]  
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Dannng!

That sounds rough man.

Look, I have my room lamp next to my monitor.

Will this "throw things off"?

I have a feeling it will.

Stefnuts

#4056312 - 12/26/14 09:32 PM Re: Cheapest place to buy TrackIR 5 pro [Re: Stefnuts]  
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Originally Posted By: Stefnuts
Dannng!

That sounds rough man.

Look, I have my room lamp next to my monitor.

Will this "throw things off"?

I have a feeling it will.

Stefnuts


You will have to play with it's placement. The key to success is ensuring the light bouncing off your reflector or the TrackIR itself is at a high angle so it cannot reflect directly back into either of the components from the other. Basic geometry applies here!


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#4056323 - 12/26/14 10:00 PM Re: Cheapest place to buy TrackIR 5 pro [Re: Stefnuts]  
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The track clip pro works great but it's far too fragile, I've had three break on me. I finally found this guy on ebay selling his DelanClip made from a single sheet of steel. He's in the UK but ships worldwide.

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/DelanClip-Moti...=item4d2a477bb9


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#4056330 - 12/26/14 10:15 PM Re: Cheapest place to buy TrackIR 5 pro [Re: Stefnuts]  
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A couple of things:

First, room lamp.
I assume you mean a type of lamp that sits on an end table. If that's the case, it will cause interference. Moving it is one option, but when I had our computer in our living room it wasn't for me. Instead I lined the inside of the lampshade with aluminum foil on the side facing the computer (and therefore the TIR camera). Worked perfectly and no one ever asked about why one side of the lampshade was darker than the other.

Second, TIR5, TIR5 Pro, TIR3 Pro.
I used TIR3 Pro just fine until earlier this year when the camera went out on me. I think I first bought that unit in 2004 or 2005. Not a bad run. If you want to save some $$ there's nothing wrong with going older. BE ADVISED!!! If you go as far back as TIR3 definitely go with TIR3 Pro with the Vector clip (the spring-metal hatclip described earlier). That's what gives the complete range of motion. The main (IMO) reason for going with TIR4 or TIR5 is that they widened the camera's field of view somewhat over that of TIR3. It's a definite advantage, but also not critical if you're on a budget.

Finally, the headset clip/hatclip.
As stated, the hatclip is included, the headphone clip is optional (meaning it costs extra) and one or the other is essential...sort of. A long time ago I came up with an alternate reflector by taking three 1" styrofoam balls, cutting off about 1/3 of each of them and covering most of the remaining parts with standard reflective tape available at hardware stores, auto parts stores, hobby stores, etc. and sticking them over the reflectors on the hatclip. It increased the size of the reflections in general (allowing for making the camera less sensitive to outside interference) and also created a wider arc of reflective surface (which reduced the dead zone that can exist when you turn your head sideways to one extreme or the other, particularly on wide-screen monitors). When I upgraded this year I decided to take the next step with the reflectors, gluing the styrofoam balls directly onto an old hat (no offense, OldHat), one high on the forehead and the other two one over each of the outside corners of my eyebrows. It works great and no more visor in the line-of-sight. So yes, something to give the camera an IR light source to track is necessary. But with a little ingenuity you don't have to settle for standard issue.


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#4056370 - 12/27/14 01:08 AM Re: Cheapest place to buy TrackIR 5 pro [Re: Prangster]  
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Prangster,

Thank you......All well and good however:

Do you own this item or just speculating upon it?

Not trying to be rude btw, just honest.

Stefnuts

#4056552 - 12/27/14 05:29 PM Re: Cheapest place to buy TrackIR 5 pro [Re: Stefnuts]  
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Had one for the last year Stefnuts and it's great. I've got it Velcro-ed to a pair of Logitech G230 headphones and I tend to throw them around, very sturdy. The USB lead is shorter than the Natural Point one and doesn't have the pass through but it's fine for me.

And no I don't have any affiliation with the seller.


Ian "Prangster" Jeremiah

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