- Product Dimensions: 21.3 x 23.4 x 26.9 cm ; 1.1 Kg
- Shipping Weight: 930 g
- Item model number: PS33
- ASIN: B000I62PEK
- Date first available at Amazon.ca: Aug. 20 2009
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #352,853 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
Saitek PS33 Aviator Dual Throttle Joystick
- Rapid fire trigger / 4 buttons
- 8-way ‘point-of-view’ hat switch
- 4 two-way toggle switches / 3D Twist Rudder control
- Dual throttles / Single spring gimbal mechanism
- Works with: Windows XP, XP64 and Vista (all versions) Windows 7
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Saitek launches the Aviator – the first dual throttle joystick for modern flight simulation games. The Aviator is designed with everything you’d expect from a high performancejoystick, including a rugged, military-style design, rapid response trigger, 8-way hat switch, plus illuminated rocket or missile fire button with safety cover. And a first in joystick design, the Saitek Aviator features dual throttle levers. These enable independent control of multiple engines when flying a large bomber or modern passenger jet, or an engine/flaps combination for better control during take-off and landing. The dual throttles can also be locked together for simplicity when flying single-engined aircraft. Additional controls include 3D twist for precise rudder control whether taxiing or in the air,front-mounted instrument panel which includes base-mounted toggle buttons with up and down switching functions, and mode selector to instantly change the Aviator’s controlsto suit flying scenario. Saitek’s programming software means the Aviator offers up to 8 separate commands which can each be programmed separately. The Saitek Aviator represents a new direction in joystick design. The groundbreaking dual throttles and a wealth of programmable switches and controls make the Aviator the perfect joystick for the latest flight games, designed to offer gamers both the maximum flight sim authenticity and control. No other stick is as well suited to the planes being flown on today’s PC Flight sims.
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While I feel this is a great joystick and worth the $15 premium over cheaper sticks with thumb throttles I do have some complaints that a potential purchaser might find relevant:
The illuminated button that is protected by the clasp is bright and is ALWAYS lit up as long as it is plugged in.
The hand guard that came with my stick didn't fit on the proper way, only in reverse does it attach. Ugh!
Depending on how you sit, your forearm can hit the "toggle" switches accidentally
The stick is made out of cheap and somewhat slippery feeling ABS while the base is molded from better plastic
The USB cable is rather short and the cable coming out of the stick protrudes from the right side, troublesome if your machine is on your left side
However, the stick is southpaw/lefty friendly, has a decently weighted base, and a responsive stick. Like I've said in the title, it's probably the best joystick at its price, but it isn't of the same quality of Saitek before their acquisition by Mad Catz, in particular, the old Cyborg 3D Gold. However, I think that since they don't make the Cyborg 3D Gold anymore, that the dual throttles, useful faux "toggle" switches, improved driver support, and WWII/Combat aesthetic makes up for any of that. Definitely a good purchase!
I should say that everything has worked so far great in terms of basic operations, setting up with the game, etc, but this joystick has shown a few little drawbacks, which are a bit annoying.
1. The base is too light, so during gaming I have to hold it with my left hand to prevent the joystick from unnecessary moves around the desk. I remember my Saitek Cyborg 3d model was much heavier making it more stable than Aviator. This is very unfortunate.
2. The panel which should be attached at the bottom of the stick and should support your hand was quite hard to attach around the stick. The screws were hard to put, as a result the panel is loose now and I don't have the ability to tighten the screws.
3. In my previous joystick it was possible to move that supporting panel lower or higher to the stick, so people with smaller hands (kids) could use it comfortably. This one doesn't allow to do this, so my 8-year old sone is quite uncomfortable using it as his hand lacks support from beneath.
In all other points I like it but would probably try something else soon.
So, absolutely download the newest install files from Saitek, and if you are running 64 bit Win 7, this joystick is a very good choice. If you are still in XP, not so good unless you can live without the profile editor.
Its been a great affordable addition to my simpit and greatly enhanced the immersion level of flying simulated helicopters. As for flight sims in general its a great stick since it offers dual throttle controls and a decent number of buttons for a good price. I think this is a good buy if you're looking for a budget stick. If you're looking for a GREAT HOTAS though, check out the Thrustmaster HOTAS Warthog which is a fine (and also expensive) PC flight controller!
As always hope my review helps with your purchase!
I really rate this 4 stars but since my rating options are only "How much fun is this game?" & How do you rate this game overall?" This IS NOT A GAME it's a controller. I'm going to send Amazon a message to see if they'll fix that oversight.