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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on March 3, 2012
Probably the best flight stick money can buy hands down, key word being money. Quality is expensive and this Joystick has both quality and price. I upgraded to this from a Saitek X52. The feel and control is amazing. Thrustmaster did their homework on this one. The controls and toggle switches are top quality and have a military feel to them. With the exception to the Throttle sticks, the entire thing is constructed out of metal including the flight stick itself. The throttle panel lights up nicely as well. I play a lot of DCS Warthog and nothing is better then this Flight Stick in that Sim.

I've heard the software can be a pain to right scripts and stuff with but I've yet the need to do so, so I can't comment on that.

I have zero regrets dishing out the cash for this but I'm a avid flight/space sim guy. If you're thinking of taking the plunge you won't find a better Flight Control System. However I would only recommend this to more serious simmers from a price standpoint. It's a expensive piece of hardware to be sitting on your shelf.

If you only dabble in the odd flight sim or just looking for a general flight stick then the cheaper X52 is a better choice. But if you sleep in a flight suit instead of pajamas then your in for a treat!!

I gave it a full 5 stars despite the price because in this case you really are getting what you pay for. I can't argue price over quality.

Hope that helps.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on January 21, 2015
Well i was going to feed me and my kids this month....but you know. Gotta be able to park in elite dangerous.
10/10 would starve again.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on July 1, 2011
There are plenty of options as far as stick/throttle setup go. So many that it's hard to justify spending this kind of cash on a single piece of kit. But this thing is worth every penny. There are plenty of review's about the Warthog already, so I wont sing all of it's praises (and there are many) I'll simply state that the few problems I've had are compatibility with games that don't "expect" a joystick. While it fits the bill in games like ARMA 2, DCS A-10C, or other flight sims, I tried to rig it up for a tank sim (T.34 Vs. Tiger) and the game couldn't recognize any of the axis, I had to rig all controls to buttons. Similarly, Mech Warrior 4 would only "believe in" 1 controller at a time, so I could not use the throttle if I wanted to use the stick.

That being said, I still give the stick 5 out of 5, as it is not the stick I have a problem with, but rather the complexity of the input setups of SOME OF the games I would love to use it with.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on May 14, 2015
Very high quality finish, but be prepared to tear it down every month or so if you want to avoid the famous "stiction" issue while not voiding your warranty. What is stiction? Well, say you move the joystick forward, hold it in place for a couple seconds, and then slowly back off the pressure. It should move back smoothly, but instead it gets "stuck" in place and will almost stay where you left it.

This problem doesn't become apparent for a short while after buying (I own two of these, and they both do it) - Thrustmaster doesn't consider this to be abnormal, and simply says to take it apart and grease it up. This is lazy advice - the issue is caused by poor manufacturing of the PLASTIC (!!!!!) gimbal. The resolution for this issue can be found in the following video - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w6LX4GMJIj4

(and no, thrustmaster will not perform the steps shown in the video for you)

The throttle is not easily usable for Elite Dangerous/Star Citizen, mind you - the hat switch on the back of the throttle is only 4 way and takes a LOT of pressure to move, so be prepared for this (or just buy the stick and pair it with a different throttle).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on October 8, 2014
This is a thing of beauty. The weight and solidity are impressive. The spring which returns the joystick to the center position is quite strong which is probably done to be faithful to the real joystick so if you're a limp wristed fella you might consider other alternatives.
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on May 19, 2014
Makes my old x52 seem like a cheap toy. Well worth the price.

High quality switches and buttons. Very good accuracy and much more realistic feel.

TARGET Software is really good once you figure it out.
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on April 16, 2015
I have had Saitek products and CH products. This setup is no doubt pricey, but if you are an avid simmer, it's worth every penny.
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on April 16, 2015
More than happy with the quality of this product except for the throttle mouse hat
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on July 22, 2015
Awesome H.O.T.A.S a bit heavy but i have had no issues with it otherwise
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on January 6, 2015
2 day delivery! Amazing hotas. Top quality.
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