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- USB programmable joystick
- 3 axis and 24 buttons (three push buttons, one mode switch button, three 4 way hat switches and one 8 way point of view hat)
- Total of 132 programmable functions with the new Control Manager software (included)
- Realistic F-16 handle
- Compatible with Windows 98, 2000, Me, XP, Vista & Windows 7 or Mac OS 8.6 and above
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CH Products Fighterstick
For over 30 years, CH Products has continued to be a highly recognizable brand name in the Flight Simulation market, and remains well known for its highest quality components, nearly indestructible products, and renowned customer support. CH Products, a pioneer in the precision analog joystick market, has sustained operation of its industrial and commercial joystick line, maintaining the design, development, quality control, sales, and support in its vertically integrated factory in Southern California. Consumer products are distributed and supported worldwide by a network of authorized CH Products distributors.
Realistic and Loaded with Features
The Fighterstick offers a total of 24 buttons, three axis for aileron, elevator and throttle, and dual rotary trim wheels for precise adjustment of ailerons and elevators. The Fighterstick features three traditional push buttons, three 4-way hat switches, one 8-way POV hat switch, and one mode switch button. When used with the optional Control Manager programming software, the Fighterstick offers a total of 128 programmable functions, providing complete customization of your controller.
The CH Fighterstick is virtually indestructible! Designed in the U.S., the Fighterstick uses much of the same high end materials that are used in their industrial controllers. The large, sturdy base comes with non-slip rubber feet so your controllers won't move around on your desk during intense game-play. And with the renowned customer support from CH, you won’t have to worry about your joystick failing you.
Plug and Play
The Fighterstick includes a 7-foot USB cable for simple plug-and-play installation and works right out of the box, with no drivers or software to install. The Fighterstick is compatible with Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, and Mac OSX.
The Control Manager software is compatible only with Windows operating systems: All editions of XP, XP 64bit, Vista, 7 and 8, and with CH Products USB devices only.
Advanced Programming Software
To get the most out of your CH controller, CH Products offers the CH Control Manager programming software. The CH Control Manager advanced programming software is Windows compatible, (latest version available at www.chproducts.com as a free download) and works with all CH USB peripherals, including the Eclipse Yoke, Pro Pedals, and Throttle Quadrant. This optional programming software allows for total control over your CH USB devices, letting you program macros, assign buttons, and more.
Top Customer Reviews
With my last stick being the TM Cougar, I learned to appreciate softer springs, precision and overall reliability. Most of these were missing with my one year old Cougar which now seems was all about looks.
Being made by dedicated flight simming accessories company, CH Fighterstick seems to be one of less known secrets of hardcore sim crowd.
At first, I was suspicious because of its plastic feel. The stick is big enough even for large hands, while people with smaller hands may find it somewhat uncofortable.
Springs are very light. This is a plus for me, as it allows higher precision, especially near the center. You don't get to wrestle the springs during your flying. It has great throw, so there is a lot of room for precision input throughout the range of motion.
Trim wheels for both axes help even in simulations without trim controls. Smart stuff.
There is a throttle wheel at the base of the stick. If you have a throttle, this wheel can be mapped to another function, but you won't be able to reach it without letting your hand off the trottle or stick.
Software is excellent and it actually rivals the software being shipped with the Cougar. As with the stick itself, at first it looks toyish. After a while you learn its huge capabilities.
Verdict: The best high end joystick out there - precision, programming abilities, reliability and simplicity being its trump cards.
The stick only comes with an instruction sheet. There is no owners Manual or software disk included. The new owner must download the drivers and CH Control Manager software from the CH website. Setup is a very simple operation which involves plugging your stick into it's own USB port and running the drivers software. Setup was completed without a hitch and I did not miss the absent owners Manuel. I then proceeded to use the CH Manager software to configure the stick for the first time. It was at this time that I encountered my first and only problem while using the software. While attempting to configure the Y axis I noticed that the stick's signal would jump from one end of the scale to the other with very little movement from the stick itself. I could not figure out what the problem was on my own so I called CH customer service and they told me to be sure and center the two trim wheels before configuration. Sure enough after I corrected the position of the two wheels, the configuration process was completed without a problem.
Next, I ran Lock On in order to put the stick through it's first flight trials. The Fighterstick fits my medium sized hand very well.Read more ›
I'm 28, and I just returned home to CH Products with this stick, the CH Fighterstick.
I'm not going to go over the pro-cons of it all; instead I will go over the individual features and try to stay as objective as possible.
Large base, light weight. The first thing you notice is how beefy and well-built it is.
The buttons are sharp and precise with next to no wobble(check out your Logitech - put your finger on a button, and wiggle it around without activating. That's what I mean.).
The axis movement is sharp with only a small amount of slop. I'm somewhat concerned with the slop in the X axis - I don't recall the Flightstick Pro having it, and it is noticeable. To be fair, it's also much less than the slop found in any Logitech and CERTAINLY any Saitek stick. I have a fair idea of how to fix it, but doing so would void the excellent 2-year warranty. I'm not sure if it's bad enough to send in for warranty work, since it's already worlds better than cheaper sticks.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I am from Lithuania and i firs time buy in amazon, but here is best place find thinks that i looking for... Read morePublished 10 days ago by Amazon Customer
Either you should go get a stick under 60 bucks or get this one. You don't even need to install software. Plug and play, durable and lightweight but firm when in use. Read morePublished 22 days ago by Sean Duffy
I'm a long time flight simmer and have owned a multitude of joysticks starting from the Saitek V.1 to the Thrustmaster Hotas X and now finally to the CH Throttle Pro and... Read morePublished 1 month ago by sc275
Great stick but I really don't enjoy the tension when crossing over the midpoints of X and y axes. It's impossible too move the stick in a smooth circle when crossing these lines.Published 1 month ago by Gchristo
Using this stick for Elite Dangerous. If CH ever makes a twist stick, they will have the market sewn up. Read morePublished 1 month ago by dead-bird
Perfect. Smooth as butter pitch and roll axes. More buttons on it and the separately sold throttle than I know what to do with. Read morePublished 2 months ago by K. Hackman