> Leave that dinosaur, that doesn't even belong in the last decade.
No, thanks. I've had my HotRod SE since 2001. The joystick, buttons, control panel and finish are still in excellent condition even after 10+ years.
The only issue was it was built for PS/2 ports and not USB. It needed an updated encoder and port. What I was pointed to, utilized, and recommend was relatively easy to install and works beautifully.
Additionally, I already own a stand alone trackball and had no further needs. The HotRod SE is the right size too and fits perfectly in the space I have allocated and left for an arcade controller.
For the size, quality and durability, the HotRod SE fulfills my needs. The only thing 'broken' was relatively easily replaced; no need to toss the rest of the hardware out, especially considering the condition and quality of the product.
It would have cost me a hell of a lot more, if not in money, definitely in resources and time to try and build something of similar quality.