- Product Dimensions: 35 x 22.5 x 30.5 cm ; 2.3 Kg
- Shipping Weight: 3.1 Kg
- Item model number: SCB432150002/02/1
- ASIN: B00HHAIY72
- Date first available at Amazon.ca: April 25 2014
- Average Customer Review: 90 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #55,162 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
Mad Catz Mad Catz Saitek Pro Flight X-55 Rhino H.O.T.A.S. (Hands on Throttle and Stick) System for PC
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- 16-bit aileron and 16-bit elevator axis greatly enhance stick accuracy
- Adjustable stick force via advanced 4-spring system
- Twin throttles with friction adjuster and throttle lock
- Separate USB connector cables on throttle and stick units
- H.O.T.A.S. configuration software enables programmable controls
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Military-grade Flight Sim Precision
Inspired by controls found within actual fighter planes, the next-gen X-55 Rhino H.O.T.A.S. System for PC provides utmost control over simulated aircraft. Built to the same exacting standards of Saitek's award-winning Pro Flight accessories range, the X-55 Rhino delivers a multitude of customizable options never before seen in an H.O.T.A.S. System. Whether flying a modern fighter, single- or multi-engine aircraft, or even a retro single-seat plane, the X-55 Rhino supplies all the control surface options required to achieve the exact level of aerial performance aspiring pilots demand.
Enhanced Stick Accuracy
During virtual flight – just like true flight – the accuracy of an aircraft's control surfaces is of paramount importance. The X-55 Rhino's control surfaces are incredibly accurate, courtesy of an all-new 16-bit aileron and a 16-bit elevator axis, each employing hall-effect sensors. Developed from the ground up, Saitek's 16-bit axis solution enables extremely precise flight.
Individual USB Connectors
The X-55 Rhino's stick and throttle units each utilize their own separate USB connection, offering greater flexibility during customization. You're free to situate the controls exactly where you want them, without the need to keep them tethered to each other.
Adjustable Stick Force via Advanced 4-Spring System
A ground-breaking, adjustable stick spring system allows pilots to alter the force required to move the stick. Four springs of varying resistance are included to provide a total of five different options. Choose the spring – or no spring at all – which best accommodates your style of flying.
Twin Throttles with Friction Adjuster and Throttle Lock
Using a twin-engine throttle controller is the only suitable method for manipulating a virtual twin-engine aircraft. The X-55 Rhino boasts twin throttles – ideal for situations in which your primary engine is disabled and you're down to one – and also provides the option to adjust the friction required to move them. And if your aircraft of choice is single-engine, a handy throttle lock effectively converts the twin throttles into a single unit.
Bonus Toggles and Rotaries on Backlit Throttle Base
Flight sim accessories used by today's virtual pilots require the highest level of control and customization. The X-55 Rhino showcases additional toggles and rotaries, not based on any particular aircraft, around the throttle base. Seven extra three-way toggle switches and two rotaries allow you to customize this H.O.T.A.S. System to your own specifications.
H.O.T.A.S. Configuration Software Enables Programmable Controls
Saitek's new software provides the ability to completely customize all of the X-55 Rhino's axes and buttons. On the axis side, you can adjust deadbands and response curves to fine-tune axes to respond just like an aircraft's real-life counterparts. On the buttons and toggle side, you can assign any number of in-sim directives, such as speed brake, flares, target lock and pickle weapon. The software also allows programmability for an array of mouse and keyboard commands – from basic single-key inputs to very advanced, timed, and macro commands.
Compatible with ALL Major Flying Games
The X-55 Rhino works with and is programmable for all available aircraft in these titles: Flight Simulator X, Flight Simulator 2004, X-Plane 10, X-Plane 9, DCS World, DCS: A-10C Warthog, DCS: Black Shark 2, DCS: UH-1H Huey, Lock On: Modern Air Combat (LOMAC), Lock On: Flaming Cliffs 3, Lock On: Flaming Cliffs 2, Lock On: Flaming Cliffs , aerofly FS, Take On Helicopters (TKOH), Rise of Flight, Arma 3, Falcon 4.0: Allied Force, Falcon BMS 4.32, World of Warplanes, War Thunder
Build the Ultimate Virtual Cockpit
Transform even a modest PC into a virtual cockpit and experience the staggering realism of different flight and emergency situations – complete with realistic weather and flight conditions. Using the X-55 Rhino as a foundation for Saitek's modular accessories, easily add Combat Rudder Pedals and a multitude of Switch, Navigation, and Instrument Panels to fully customize your flight simulator. Commercial or private, seasoned or novice, you have the ability to equip your flight simulation setup with all the essentials needed to vastly improve your skill set and muscle memory.
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The rubberised coating all across the contact surfaces is pleasant to the touch and helps to discourage sweat, and to keep it from interfering with your grip when it does occur in spite. The adjustable joystick spring tension and throttle friction are godsends, especially after all the grief I had from the older Saitek X45 and its obnoxious throttle detentes.
Compatibility is a breeze, and in spite of a seemingly profound number of complaints across the tubes I found no difficulty in configuring the joystick to taste, especially given that all of the buttons are so brilliantly and conveniently labelled directly on the joystick and easy to relate to any in-game configurators (compare and contrast my Logitech G27 wheel, for which I still goggle when I am prompted to press "button 19").
The switch which retains the two throttle "quadrants" ("bifurcations"?) together is a bit on the cheap side and doesn't always hold. Therefore, and especially since I generally favour a "claw-style" grip, I sometimes find that I'm no longer holding one of the two throttle handles when running it together as a larger unit -- with the remaining handle then suddenly bumping the flesh of my palm and thoroughly annoying me until I pop the lock back in.
Something about the whole still feels cheap, but while it may not be as auténtico (buena garantía!) as a proper Thrustmaster HOTAS Warthog nor as modern and realistic as a pressure-sensitive flightstick (like their very own X-65F), it's classic and comfortable. Even during vigorous play (provided you're not using a spring force to rival that of a Kong chew toy) the bases are still quite stable, too.
About my only remaining complaint other than the plasticky feel is that all of those little metal switches are in fact just glorified buttons -- rather than being hold-axis switches that lock on or off, they simply register a tap before returning to the neutral position; this is probably a little more compatible with various software (never having to question after a save/load whether the little switch that is pointing "up" on your joystick corresponds to the same switch on your aircraft/spacecraft/whatevercraft) but just doesn't feel the same, nor as satisfying, as those little tactile clicks I derived so much joy from in the cabins of the old flight simulators I ran into once or twice in my childhood.
I purchased this unit in Jun '15. It worked for 6 months, then broke sometime in December '15. I sent it back as requested, and after a month or so I was told that indeed it was broken and they would replace it, just as soon as they received their stock. So, I waited. And waited. Then waited some more. I finally game them a call in March asking for an update, and I was told that they will be receiving their shipment in MAY '16!
I had no choice but to wait. At the end of may May, true to their word, they did ship me a replacement which I must admit, worked flawlesly. For a month. Then a different part broke. When I called again, they told me that I had gone over the 30 day warranty period.
To recap, I bought this item, used it for 6 months, waited for a repair another 6 months, adn still ended up with a broken unit. This of course isn't a shocking revelation to one who has read more internet reviews, but at the time I had taken it on faith that they would back their product. Now, they applied some stickers to it, called it X56 and raised the price by 150 bucks. There ought to be consumer laws to control such companies.
I have been using the X55 for about 20hr now with Elite Dangerous and I am blown away with how good it its. I like the inclusion of different springs to adjust stick stiffness, though I only use the blue one as it the most balanced.
Lots & Lots of buttons and rotaries. (there are 25 buttons to map on the throttle itself)
Throttle and Stick movement are very smooth.
The software lets you map 3 layouts and you can switch them easily for different games/planes.
Just so much better than a mouse & keyboard.
Not much else to say, It's a H.O.T.A.S and It's a good one.
The switches on the throttle base are toggles, and if you want separate up/down you need to map each separately.
The bases are very light and if you make a lot of fast movements they will slide around. (can be fixed by screwing them to a board using the provided holes or turning down the stiffness on the throttle)
The stick is very large and its hard to reach the top hat and button. (my hands are pretty big and i still have to stretch my thumb)
The buttons sound very cheap (I expected smooth tactile feedback, but they bottom out and make a very clicky sound), though I have had no issues with responsiveness and this may just be due to manufacturing tolerances.
I would suggest this product for anyone who is into flight sim games, as it is just 100X better than mouse & keyboard. Also the price is perfect compared to the Thrustmaster Warthog which is $350 more, but uses the same plastic internals (only has metal for the base and the cover), as well it also costs the same as the X52 on amazon, so you can't go wrong. If you have any questions about this product just PM me and I will reply when I can.
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My complaint is about the quality of the item,
The item was good until the joystick stopper (rim) broke after 2 months of use.Read more