The Cougar is no short stick but looks like it compared to those others.
It does, for me it feels pretty much identical to the F14/Warbrd combo. I've seen Warbrds go fairly cheap on the hotas discord, and the F14 stick was just on sale for around $150 USD delivered. IMO it's a good value and excellent setup for an DCS F14 stick setup - certainly not cheap, but a good performance/$ ratio. The Warbrd is very, VERY accurate, its' as good as the T50CM2 for 1/2 the cost IMO, so far as performance goes. The T50CM2 advantage is it's very flexible, comes with lots of cam/spring combos, and their new construction/design makes changing those out a breeze compared to the T50 and somewhat the Warbrd. You can't use the CM2 on the desktop though, as per the pics it's extremely tall, even with the short-ish F18 TM stick attached.