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Thrustmaster 2960738 Hotas Warthog Flight Stick
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- Joystick Replica Of The U.s. Air Force A-10c Attack Aircraft Flight Stick
- Stand-alone Hotas Warthog Joystick
- From The Creator Of The Original Hotas Concept And The Worldwide Benchmark Flight Sim Controllers: The Hotas Cougar and The Hotas Warthog
- Detachable Handle With Entirely Metal Construction
- Compatible With Hotas Cougar(tm)
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Thrustmaster Hotas Warthog Flight Stick
From the Manufacturer
The HOTAS Warthog is a joystick replica of the U.S. Air Force A-10C attack aircraft flight stick and features a detachable handle, crafted entirely of metal. It gives you the winning advantage with 3D magnetic sensors with surgical precision, that won't decrease over time. Users also have free access to the Thrustmaster Advanced Programming Graphical Editor software suite.
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Top Customer Reviews
I took a star off the stick because of quality control and slight ergonomics issues. Positioning the stick so you don't wear out your arm is a problem and it is a bit of a reach to get to all the buttons.The all metal exterior gives the sense of a solid product, but the internal ball, which would most have benefited by being steel is, in fact, plastic (out of sight out of mind?) and according to some users tends to develop sticking problems. (YouTube has customer how to repair Videos for this.) Overall, the rock-solid feel of the stick is great. There is zero wobble in this stick. You put the marker exactly where you intend. Every switch (and the lever) feels tight and exact. Using the Warthog is extremely satisfying. Too bad their quality control has hurt their reputation among hard core simmers.
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The button and hat switches are top quality and feel like they will last for a long time. Accuracy of the stick is top notch. The stick can be unscrewed from the base theoretically allowing for different styles of stick replacements, but Thrustmaster has yet to sell any.
You get what you pay for in this product. It costs allot, you get allot.
• Incredible array of buttons
• Excellent ergonomics
• Superior build quality
• Very nice stick tension
• The base is extremely tall. Your hand sits 5 and a half inches off the ground. Combine this with the fact that this is a realistically stiff joystick, and you have a problem. This nasty combination destroys your body mechanics and forces bad posture in most of the "off the shelf" ways you would use a joystick. If you set the joystick on your desk, your hand must hover nearly 6 inches off the top of the desk. If you set the joystick on your lap, the top of your hand is going to be almost even with your chest. Just about the only way I could use the stick "off the shelf" was to put it between my legs. This felt very natural. But I also have a throttle I want to use. What to do with it? Naturally, I put it on the desk. But now that my stick is in my lap, I have to either sit a little away from the desk pushing me out of comfortable reach of the throttle, or, I have to drop my chair down so the joystick fits under the desk, now meaning that my throttle is almost shoulder high. Both postures get uncomfortable after a few minutes. This means that you will very likely need to build or buy a custom cockpit setup to hold your throttle and/or joystick. Not desiring to spend a lot of time or money on such an endeavor, I bought a Computer Armrest Extender so that I could set my throttle on the armrest of my office chair, and then use the stick between my legs, where I am sitting on the large metal plate. This gave me a very good setup that only took a few dollars and a few minutes of work.
• I find the stick movement / tension / spring far superior to what you'll find on Saitek / MadCatz sticks like the Mad Catz F.L.Y.5 or the Saitek Pro Flight X-55 Rhino.
• This is a righty-only stick, unlike Thrustmaster's T-16000M or the Logitech Attack 3.
• This has more buttons on the stick than just about any other joystick out there. It has nearly 30 buttons!
• The ergonomics of this stick are better than Thrustmaster's cheaper T-Flight Hotas X. The Warthog fits in your hand much better.
First thing to note about this stick is that it FEELS expensive. The full metal construction and the rather substantial weight of it is augmented by the solid, deliberate action and the high-resistance buttons to make you feel like you're using a tool, not a toy. Some people are put off by the "stiff" action and buttons, but after a few weeks of use I've gotten used to both of those features, and now other joystick buttons and actions feel weak and cheap by comparison.
I hear a great many people complain about the button layout. The stick IS a replica of an A10 stick, which is ALSO the same as an F16 stick. The F16 is a dogfighter, and the stick has been designed to be ergonomic when mounted in that airframe. If you look at pictures of the F16, the stick is mounted low and to the side of the pilot. In that position, it's very easy even with smaller hands to reach all the buttons, and fully explore the stick's range of motion. If you have this stick sitting on a desk, odds are your hand is going to be reaching "up" towards the stick, and you may have difficulty reaching the POV hat as a result. You don't "need" to mount this stick to a chair to get the full benefit, but it will make it far more ergonomic than a desktop. I have larger hands so I just plop it on my desk and it works for me, but if you have smaller hands a chair-mount might work better for you!
As far as accuracy is concerned, this stick is insanely accurate. It reports some 65000~ individual positions along each axis, and as a result can probably recognize smaller movements than you can make. The heavier action combined with those sensors makes it easy, not just possible, to make fine adjustments without having to set a large response curve to compensate for lack of sensor resolution.
All in all I'm completely satisfied with this stick. I honestly don't find it "lacking" in any way, and it feels like the ultimate joystick to have right now. If anything I wish Thrustmaster would release some alternate handles (Eurofighter/F22/F35, etc) that fit into the Warthog base so I could try those out! (here's hoping!)
I hope this helps inform your purchasing decision!