- Shipping Weight: 2.3 Kg
- Item model number: PS34
- ASIN: B000LQ4HTS
- Date first available at Amazon.ca: March 7 2011
- Average Customer Review: 45 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #23,494 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
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Mad Catz Saitek X52 Pro Flight System Controller (PS34)
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- Advanced Multi-Function Display (MFD) for real flying interaction
- 2 dedicated MFD buttons and 2 rotary dials with in-built buttons to control additional game functionality
- Joystick with precision centering mechanism, non-contact technology on X and Y axes and constant spring force
- Progressive throttle with tension adjustment, detents for afterburner and idle; 2 fire buttons
- Works with: Windows XP, XP64 and Vista (all versions) and Windows 7
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Amazon.ca Product Description
All the features of the x52 combined with premium engineering and advanced multi-function display (mfd) for real flying interaction. 2 dedicated mfd buttons and 2 rotary dials with in-built buttons to control additional game functionality; mfd displays data directly from games, including radio stack info from Microsoft flight simulator 9 and 10; software development kit included for creating game-specific programs to interact with the mfd; choice of red, amber or green button illumination; illuminated buttons and mfd-ideal for low light environments; throttle unit illumination varies depending on throttle position; enhanced mfd backlighting; improved cable management system. Joystick: precision centering mechanism, non-contact technology on x and y axes and constant spring force reduce free play, improve control and increase durability; 2-stage metal trigger; 2 primary buttons in 1 convenient position; 4 fire buttons including missile launcher with spring-loaded safety cover for instant access; conveniently positioned metal pinkie switch provides shift functionality to double up on programmable commands; 2 x 8-way hat switches; 3d rudder twist; 3-position rotary mode selector switch with led indicators; 3 spring-loaded, base-mounted toggle switches for up to 6 programmable flight commands; 5-position handle adjustment system to suit all hand sizes. Throttle: progressive throttle with tension adjustment, detents for afterburner and idle; 2 fire buttons; scroll wheel with built-in button; mouse controller / hat switch with left mouse button; 8-way hat switch; 2 x rotary controls; smooth-action slider control; clutch button initiates 'safe mode' to allow on-the-fly profile selection, or to display button functionality without activating. Compatibility: windows 7, xp/xp64, and vista.
From the Manufacturer
All the features of the X52 combined with premium engineering and advanced Multi-Function Display (MFD) for real flying interaction.
- 2 dedicated MFD buttons and 2 rotary dials with in-built buttons to control additional game functionality
- MFD displays data directly from games, including Radio Stack info from Microsoft Flight Simulator 9 and 10
- Software Development Kit included for creating game-specific programs to interact with the MFD
- Choice of red, amber or green button illumination
- Illuminated buttons and MFD - ideal for low light environments
- Throttle unit illumination varies depending on throttle position
- Enhanced MFD backlighting
- Improved cable management system
- Precision centering mechanism, non-contact technology on X and Y axes and constant spring force reduce free play, improve control and increase durability
- 2-stage metal trigger; 2 primary buttons in 1 convenient position
- 4 fire buttons including missile launcher with spring-loaded safety cover for instant access
- Conveniently positioned metal pinkie switch provides shift functionality to double up on programmable commands
- 2 X 8-way Hat Switches
- 3D rudder twist
- 3-position rotary mode selector switch with LED indicators
- 3 spring-loaded, base-mounted toggle switches for up to 6 programmable flight commands
- 5-position handle adjustment system to suit all hand sizes
- Progressive throttle with tension adjustment, detents for afterburner and idle
- 2 fire buttons
- Scroll wheel with built-in button
- Mouse controller / hat switch with left mouse button
- 8-way hat switch
- 2 x rotary controls
- Smooth-action slider control
- Clutch button initiates safe mode to allow on-the-fly profile selection, or to display button functionality without activating
From the Manufacturer
Closer to Reality
The X52 Pro boasts an upgraded multifunction LCD which shows in-game data in real time, a progressive throttle with tension adjustment, plus an adjustable joystick with a self-centering mechanism. The X52 Pro takes all the standout features from the original X52 and elevates them to a higher altitude.
- Progressive Spring Force on Throttle and Joystick
- Interactive MFD Screen Displays Crucial In-Sim Info
- PC Programming Software Creates Custom Profiles
Dual-Spring Centering Mechanism
A highly accurate centering mechanism ensures the joystick will easily return to the neutral position after you let go. Non-contact technology on the X and Y axes enhance control while increasing durability. And, the stick becomes more resistant as it moves farther away from the center position.
Advanced Grip Adjustment System
A five-position handle adjustment system conforms to your grip style and hand size. And to promote maximum comfort during long flights, the joystick’s handle also features contours which harmonize with your digits.
3D Twist with Rudder Lock
The joystick’s twist rudder controls add another dimension of command to simulated flight. If you prefer more traditional control, a rudder lock switch disables the twist capabilities and confines input to the X and Y axes – ideal for use with Saitek Pro Flight Rudder Pedals (sold separately).
Progressive Throttle with Resistance Adjustment
The throttle unit’s progressive functionality improves aircraft response. Detents – physical markings indicating where a certain action takes places – simplify control of your plane’s idle and reverse thrusters. Yet another customizable feature found on the X52 Pro, a tension adjustment dial lets you change the throttle’s resistance to suit the way you fly.
Multifunction LCD Display
The X-52 Pro’s LCD screen – with adjustable backlighting – enables you to view information about your button configurations with only a quick glance. Even more beneficial is the ability to directly manipulate radio stack information in FSX, X-Plane, Prepar3D, and most flight simulation software. You can then use the buttons residing below the Multifunction Display (MFD) to cycle through essential radio stack functions. A downloadable Software Development Kit allows you to create your own MFD interactions.
Powerful Programming Software (PC Only)
After installing downloadable software, you are then free to create custom profiles for different flight sims. A trio of mode settings and a pinkie switch provide enhanced programming options for even more control in your favorite sim. And, all button programming is color coded. Assign a color to each button’s tri-state LED, and then make adjustments via controller settings within joy.cpl (Game Controllers).
Flight Simulation Software Compatibility
- FSX - Flight Simulator X (PC only)
- X-Plane 10 (PC and Mac)
- Prepar3D 2.2 (PC only)
- DCS World
- IL-2 Sturmovik: Battle of Stalingrad
- War Thunder
- World of Warplanes
- Star Citizen
- Elite: Dangerous
- Most Other Flight Simulation, Combat Simulation, and Space Simulation Software
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Top Customer Reviews
Once I could connect the X-52 Pro to a USB 2 add-on card, drivers installed fine. I use this stick to play Elite Dangerous and it is superb for this purpose. The immersion and fun is simply a lot better than with a gamepad and you can handle your space ship with precision and ease.
After about two months, the throttle started to act up and failed after about four months, with multiple malfunctions:
- Illumination of the Throttle buttons failed
- Mini Mouse-Stick started to act erratic, depending on throttle position, causing random mouse movement
- The mechanical resistance points at low and high throttle thresholds started to fail, with increasing noise and stickiness
- Eventually, the throttle could no longer be returned to Zero
I have opened a support ticket and can only hope that they honor the warranty within a reasonable time. I knew about Saitek QA issues and unfortunately, I have to experience them first-hand now.
The joystick and the throttle are nice and work very well. There is a lot of buttons to assign and it feels right in hands. I used it a lot while playing Strike Suit Zero. Even thou it made the game a little harder because the joystick is less accurate than a mouse or a gamepad, the game became more immersive and enjoyable to play.
The only thing I dont like about the x52pro is the lacking of accuracy for small moves (which is important in plane/space dogfighting). Thats probably because of the way the double springs keep the stick strait. But you get use to it pretty quick while you improve. In any case, it is a good choice for the price. A HOTAS might be better (especially for flight simulators) but it cost double.
Software wise, it is easy to use. One can map custom keyboard keys or combination of keys to the different buttons for games that don't recognize the joystick as controls, (and theres a lot of tutorials on youtube for help.) You can also use the software to change the color of the buttons lights and to modify deadzones.
I recommend downloading the driver and the software for saitek (madcatz) website, especially if you are working on windows 7 or 8 since the cd-rom that comes with the package seems a little outdated.
Overall it is a very nice joystick, I don't regret the money spent.
Works well with:
Strike Suit Zero (Must put the mode to : Joystick/Keyboard, and not GAMEPAD)
I don't plan to try Combat Pilot since its a pay 2 play
I heard it works quite nicely with Flight Simulator X, and I'm looking foward for trying it with World of Warplane and Star Citizen.
The incredibly realistic feel to it makes it a joy to operate. Made out of heavy plastic and rubber, it is very durable. Every button, switch, and axis on it is completely customizable.
Before the X52 Pro I had a basic joystick and didn't think that getting the X52 Pro would make much difference if any, luckily I was wrong, because my simulator level jumped to whole different level.
In case anyone is wondering, I am running the X52 Pro on Windows 7 with no problems; however, I did download the windows 7 driver from the Saitek website.
I started with the Logitech 3D Pro Joystick, and I liked it but I found myself limited by the number of buttons. I needed an upgrade...and thus the journey began.
I did some research, and it sounded like the X-52 Pro was a good bet, so I went into the store to pick one up. While there, the sales person talked me into "upgrading" to the X-55... It was awful - felt like a cheap plastic toy, was not smooth at all. Returned it the same day.
Then I read some reviews about people using the 3D pro (which I already had) along with the CH throttle, so I ordered one of those to give it a try. First off, it came broken, so it didn't even work...but I didn't really like the feel of it and the button placements. Returned it as well.
I was about to give up and just stick with my 3D Pro, but then I decided to finally give the X-52 Pro a try.
I wish I had just gone with it from the beginning like I was planning to. It feels much higher quality than the others I tried - many of the buttons are metal, and the ones that are plastic are high quality too. I was a little skeptical after reading reviews where people said it was lower quality...but compared to the others I've tried it is waaay better. Of course it is not a Warthog, but for the price it is amazing.
The stick is super smooth, with just enough resistance to make it not feel flimsy, but not too much to make it tiresome. The adjustable hand rest makes it fit my smaller hands perfectly. All the buttons are easily accessible, and I love the way the metal trigger feels. It clicks so satisfyingly.
The throttle is also smooth and I really like the indents.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
Great flight stick for the price, built sturdy and works great with Elite Dangerous after three tweaksPublished 3 months ago by David Vigneault-Kelemen
Generally Saitek products are very good. The item I purchased (X52 Pro) was defective...aircraft constantly veering to right on take-off and in the air... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Ted
I'm really impressed with this HOTAS, especially for the price. It looks and feels awesome, more than enough buttons, especially if you use the profile software. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Patrick McEnaney
It does the job. I purchased this after I had to return my x55 after a long time of waiting over 3 months they could not get a replacement for the x55 so I purchased this to give... Read morePublished 5 months ago by ArchEnemy79
purchased for use with the oculus for Elite Dangerous. it does all required, however installing the drivers causes unstability in the game in Win7
fortunatly autodetect works... Read more
First this product looks amazing. I plugged it in and the software loaded automatically. Ran the CD set up no issues. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Steve C.