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Thrustmaster T-16000M Flight Stick
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- Fully ambidextrous joystick
- HEART (Hall Effect AccuRate Technology) offers greater precision due to magnetic sensors which allow for friction-free action
- Helical spring (2.8mm dia) located in the stick providing firm, linear & smooth tension
- Switch enables users to configure the 12 buttons located on the base
- 16 action buttons, 12 on the base & 4 on the stick
- Multidirectional hat for panoramic view
- 4 independent axis
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I am a flight-sim weekend warrior. My main use for the stick has been the game IL2: Cliffs of Dover playing on the ATAG servers w/ the team fusion mod. I also use it for War Thunder if i play full real battles (whatever they renamed it to..), and occasionally DCS A-10 if i feel like punching my computer trying to figure out how to do anything.
Used in conjunction with: Saitek X-52 throttle body, CH Pro Rudder Pedals, Track IR5
Quick review: I LOVE this stick. Until i have the career and extra cash to dump on a Thrustmaster Warthog (like $400), i will be using this stick without a doubt!
- GREAT tension, zone control, and return to center. the use of the halleffect is just impressive
- Ambidextrous for you lefties out there. I am mostly left handed in life and though i dont use it for the joystick, i get where them even thinking about us lefties is very generous. Well played Thrustmaster.
-It has a good feeling twist rudder setup for you without pedals
-The buttons are all crisp and have a good feel to them and within acceptable finger length, even for people with smaller hands like me. The included slide throttle feels good and have no problem with it (i use it for engine mixture)
-The trigger is crisp and not flimsy feeling
-There is a descent number of buttons to model things to. I would suggest labeling the buttons on the base if you plan on using them for certain things like landing gear ect.
-PRICE: for $50 it's well worth the value.Read more ›
That out of the way, I've been using Logitech joysticks since the old Sidewinder days and found them lacking in the precision and durability department. I saw their G940 system but most of the people who bought it use different pedals and the throttle controls had some issues as well, so I opted to buy things separately. Unless you go extremely high end like the Warthog, you're pretty much stuck with the the T-1600M for a reasonably priced, precision joystick. The joystick uses HALL effect sensors to precisely map out positions. With this, I can not be happier. My aim precision in Rise of Flight has gone up drastically since going with this joystick.
What I don't like about it, is that they designed it for left and right handed users, and because of this, it satisfies neither. The thumb rest pictured is beyond annoying for my hand and the hand rest at the bottom of the stick caused my right hand to get cramped. Into the box I went for the spare parts. They include another replacement panel for the other side so you can switch it to a left hand joystick. I simply added the second flat panel to get rid of the thumb rest. That solved that annoyance.. As for the bottom of the joystick, the hand rest does not come off, it simply turns. What I had to do to relieve my hand from cramps was to rotate that so that the hand rest aimed forward. The end of that aims upward at a curved angle, and I believe that was the culprit. With it facing forward I have had no issues with it.
The Logitech and my 15 year old Microsoft joysticks had far better button lay outs as well.Read more ›
However, the buttons are all very flimsy and cheap (including the hat and trigger), which is regrettable. Also, the stick itself feels a tad too big, but that might be due to my small hands.
Twisting motion of the stick (for rudder use) has slight detection problems. If you gently twist the stick one way until it stops, it seems like that's as far as it goes but a sensor readout will show that you haven't yet reached 100%. Applying more pressure will force it through the difference, but then it makes me paranoid that I'll break the stick.
The base is large enough to be stable for most maneuvers (left, right, and back), but not when you push the stick all the way forward, it will lift the whole thing off the table unless you have your other hand on the base holding it down.
It seems like dust can easily collect at the base of the stick where it pivots, which might inhibit its smooth motions (it comes pre-lubed, which seems necessary by design). So I recommend that if you buy this stick, use a cover for when its not in use.
Overall, it's pretty decent. I don't have a very good base for comparison since the last stick I owned was a Microsoft Sidewinder way back in 1996. I chose this stick over the Logitech Extreme 3D Pro Joystick because I heard a lot of complaints about Logitech crapping out after half a year of use. So far I've logged 30 hours of flight time in Falcon 4.0 and about 10 hours of flight time in FSX, and the Thrustmaster still responds the same as on day 1. Granted I haven't had it for that long, so we'll see :)
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Purchased this as a replacement for my force feedback stick that died after many years of service. I like the precision of this stick. Read morePublished 5 days ago by David A. Thompson
The control felt very accurate. Wish there where more buttons on the stick to bind.Published 15 days ago by Brad Whorton
Major disappointment. When a Sopwith Camel flies like an F-16 you have to wonder.Published 18 days ago by Geo3
Pretty good stick. Is excellent for playing Tie Fighter, X Wing, XVT and other games from the old days.Published 21 days ago by daniel
This joystick is precise. I'm playing Star Citizen and now I can use fixed weapons. I'm getting another one for my dual Joystick setup.Published 23 days ago by Shia
This is probably the best stick you can get for the price. The stick itself feels much better than my Saitek X52, and it has a decent amount of buttons for setting up in Elite... Read morePublished 23 days ago by Joe Walker