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Best Flight Stick I've Had To Date,
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This review is from: Thrustmaster T-Flight Hotas X Flight Stick (Electronics)
My first flight stick (or joystick) was the Microsoft Force Feedback Pro which was a very good stick - it had some 'slop' in it which eventually got so bad that it was no longer tolerable. It was rugged and comfortable to use, but Microsoft quit making them & also quit supporting them in many flight Sims & newer games. I then had two Saitek Cyborg Evo Joysticks. The first one developed a problem after 11 months with little use, when it went out of calibration and the rudder output stuck in 50% left rudder position and couldn't be fixed by recalibration so it was replaced under 1-year warranty. Within 10 months switch #5 quit working on the second or replacement joystick so at this point I decided to look for a different manufacturers joystick because by now I had lost faith in Saitek being able to make a reliable joystick. I am seventy years old and I take good care of my equipment - I don't abuse my joysticks so if they don't last for me I doubt that they would last for anyone. I searched Amazon reading joystick reviews and came across the T-flight Hotas Stick Pc PS3. This joystick had the features I wanted and was rated very high - almost 5 stars even though at the time it had only five reviews - so I ordered it.
This joystick can be used with either a PC or PlayStation 3. It has a PC-PS3 switch so you can select which one you use.
It came with the throttle and joystick separated so I decided to try it this way for a while. I've had this joystick now since the first week in August 2009 and I really like this joystick.
1. It comes in two parts, the throttle & joystick, separated by an interconnecting cable approximately 18" between them - but, they can be mounted together as one assembly if desired as the necessary wrench is included and the throttle & joystick are designed to be mounted together as one unit. I like them separated as it is more realistic - with the throttle on my left and the joystick on my right.
2. Very simple to connect to your computer. You connect the joystick to the USB port on your computer via the integral USB cable & connector - that's it! No separate power supply or adapter is required because this joystick gets its power from your computer through the USB cable/connection.
3. No installation CD included or required as once you connect this joystick to your computer it is automatically recognized and calibrated - a plug & play joystick - they don't get any simpler than this!
4. The throttle & joystick are very comfortable to hold & use. Together they have twelve programmable switches which are very easy to use on both the throttle & joystick. There are four programmable switches on the joystick module and eight on the throttle module. The joystick can be twisted left-right for the rudder control - the throttle module has a slider switch which can also be used for rudder control if so desired. Also there is an eight-position hat switch located on top of the joystick - this is normally used for 'looking around' in flight simulator programs. Both modules are quite robust & heavy enough so they don't move around much unless you really give them some pushing around.
5. So far this joystick is performing excellent & a great buy for the money.
1. None that I know of so far - except maybe it would be nice to have the interconnecting cable between the joystick & throttle modules be longer & have connectors that can be unplugged in case of damage they could be replaced. Also I'd like to be able to move them a little further apart.
1. How long will this last before something goes wrong? Only time will tell.
T-flight Hotas Stick Pc PS3
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Initial post: Feb 11, 2011 10:13:24 PM PST
C. Pohle says:
Excellent review, best I've read! Going to be picking this up for IL2 Sturmovik 1946, hope it works for such an old game.
Posted on Feb 15, 2011 8:14:31 PM PST
Hey Gump I appreciated your review. I have not bought any Joystick yet. I purchased a few FSim games and have been looking to get one joystick. I am not a youngster either, 68yrs. I appreciated your detailed information. I am still researching the sticks before I buy one.
Posted on Nov 21, 2011 12:34:39 PM PST
In reply to an earlier post on Jan 7, 2012 1:10:04 PM PST
Tim 13 says:
Posted on Jan 12, 2012 9:47:32 PM PST
Tara R. O'Sullivan says:
I've been looking for a good (portable) joystick for my Dad's birthday this coming March. He's a truck driver and misses have a good joystick to play his Flight Simulators when he's gotta sit in the lot for a while. This shouldn't really make a different, but he's turning 71...and it's nice to read a review of someone from 'his generation' who also takes care of his games/equipment.
Is it still working well for you?
You've helped me make a birthday decision - thank you <3
In reply to an earlier post on Sep 5, 2012 3:21:26 PM PDT
Anna M Sears says:
This flight stick is still working well and it's September 5, 2012. So far I still think it's my best joystick flight stick to date.
Posted on Aug 19, 2013 1:53:17 PM PDT
Hope this works on Windows 7.. I'm trying one for sure..
In reply to an earlier post on Aug 19, 2013 2:13:35 PM PDT
Tara R. O'Sullivan says:
It does, indeed, work on Windows 7! That's the platform my father uses his on now.
In reply to an earlier post on Sep 22, 2013 6:38:03 AM PDT
Kindle Customer says:
Update: This joystick is still working (September 2013). Just ordered the flight sim & joystick and am looking forward to seeing if I can fly without Gump's help :)
Posted on Nov 7, 2013 5:19:20 PM PST
Jacob Ilkka says:
Does anyone else have the problem in Win7 where the throttle is halfed? Half throttle on the unit is 1/4 throttle in Win7 gamepad test. Full is 1/2 throttle in test. I cant figure out how to make it go all the way up the test slider.
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