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« on: March 29, 2015, 05:16:04 PM »

Hi guys,

Was looking for some opinions on various HOTAS setups. I initially was going to get the Saitek X55 Rhino but all the quality control issues, and some reports of the stick being a bit uncomfortable, have made me second guess getting one. I hear the Saitek X52 Pro is also good but apparently the newer ones also suffer from quality control. The $400 Thrustmaster HOTAS is out of my price range. But given the quality issue of the Saitek/Mad Catz products it has me looking at just getting the cheaper Thustmaster T-Flight HOTAS X setup and waiting for something newer and better built to come out.

So looking for some opinion on any of these sticks.

Basically I'm looking to use the game with the following games currently:

Elite: Dangerous
X-Wing series
Freespace Series

I hear on games like X-Wing series the throttle is recognized by the software always. But would be looking for a solution where I could just boot up the game and not have to bother with the keyboard other than launching the game or moving around the menus.

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« Reply #1 on: March 29, 2015, 10:25:06 PM »

I highly recommend the CH Products stick and throttle. I think it'll run about $200 to get them both, depending on sales you can find. They're not as flashy as the Saitek stuff, but they're built like tanks and they've been in the business with great reviews since the early PC sim eras.

It has an analog joystick on the throttle which is great for fine control of lateral thrust in Elite Dangerous. It does not have twist for yaw on the joystick, which can be a negative, but twist on joysticks is also a common point of failure so the lack of one is tied to its better reliability.
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« Reply #2 on: Today at 07:57:56 PM »

Yeah, that's the HOTAs one that's out of my price range at $400. Plus without the stick twist I imagine you would want the rudder pedals which is another $200.

Thinking I should just get the cheapie Thustmaster T-Flight HOTAS X and forget about the Saitek ones for now. But keep thinking I should just roll the dice and get the X55-Rhino or X52-Pro as I have almost $200 in Amazon gift cards built up so it won't cost me much to try.

So still looking to hear experiences on those three setups on the games mentioned.
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« Reply #3 on: Today at 08:31:13 PM »

While I gave up on flight sticks ages ago (I think a Logitech Extreme is mothballed in my closet somewhere, that was my last purchase) I do swear by the durability of CH flight sticks in the day. I have fond memories of playing stuff like Dynamix' WWII combat flight sims and various Star Wars games in the 1990s.

I could never quite in my mind justify the prices on Thrustmaster's various offerings but I always enjoyed reading about them.  icon_smile

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