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CH Products Fighterstick USB
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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 98, 2000, XP, Vista, 7, 8, 10 and Mac OSX.
The Control Manager software is compatible only with Windows operating systems: Windows 98, 2000, XP, Vista, 7, 8, 10, 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 our official site 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.
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FIGHTERSTICK USB W/ 8WAY SWITCH
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But anyway, enough of that. I love this throttle and its cousin, the Pro Throttle. It's got half a million buttons on it and is comfortable, apparently modeled after an F16's control stick. It is certainly not the most sexy looking HOTAS setup out there, but it surely is one of the most durable. Nothing feels cheap on these, the buttons feel solid and the plastic is durable. I've had mine for about 2 years now, playing Star Citizen, Elite Dangerous, and War Thunder (all of them poorly).
The downsides are: the throttle slider on the Fighterstick is pretty basic and its easy to bump the trim of the analog stick out of whack. Unlike other similarly priced competitors (X52), there is no Z-axis twist of the stick that can work as improvised rudder pedals.
So it's ugly and simple, why is it 100 or so bucks?
Because the software is amazing, and it's built to last.
The software allows you to take multiple CH products and tie them together, or to add programming for special functions. One of the simple examples I do, is make it do that in 'mode 1', which is toggled by a button on the throttle, the throttle's analog stick is a makeshift rudder, providing yaw. In 'mode 2', the same analog stick provides up/down/left/right thrusters. The game thinks there are 4 analog axes involved, one (X) used for yaw and 2 (X/Y) used for thrust, but it doesn't know that all three are the same analog thumbstick. The sky's the limit when it comes to the fancy scripting/mapping, and there's a huge community online dedicated to this setup. You can use a special button on the throttle like a "shift" key to enable secondary functions to all your existing buttons and hats, giving you double the functionality as before. It's pretty cool!
The feel of the stick is smooth when in flight. However, when I am testing it out of flight and focused entirely on the joystick, it feels a bit disjointed. The stick is designed with something that feels like a two-lever system, one for X and one for Y. The stick design hasn't changed in years, so I'm sure there are resources around that have taken it apart and documented it. Overall everything has felt smooth in-game and I can land the notoriously difficult P-51D from DCS.
However, if you look at the joystick, you can see that there is some input jitter. Its not enough to effect the flight. This is not the case for the throttle, which the jitter causes problems with the input. You can fix it with a FreePIE script, but its not easy. I cannot provide a link directly, but you can find it on reddit: /r/hoggit/comments/384bkn/ch_fighterstick_throttle_wheel_has_jitter_any_fix/.
The reason I wouldn't trade this unit for another similar one is because of the careful design. Each button you can hit with your thumb has a distinct feel, meaning that you can know without looking what button you are hitting. Each buttons, except for the red ones which are single-press, have at least four directions. I think the hatswitch might have diagonals, but they aren't easy to hit. The trim sliders are accurate and easy to use. Their zero-point is easy to hit without looking.
- Buttons are easy to press and in a comfortable position for small hands - The Thrustmaster Warthog is another stick that has similar dimensions but the buttons are much stiffer. I don't want
- Hats are in a good location
- Lots of buttons
- Looks - it's a functional device with no flash
- Two fewer buttons than the Warthog and single stage trigger - The Warthog has a paddle trigger for the pinky, the thumb hat has a button press and the trigger is 2 stages.
- Super light - this can be a pro as well. One thing I loved about the Warthog is that it is a solid peace of equipment. That thing is just heavy. This is not so but that does not detract from the quality of the CH Product.
CH Products are no frills working machines. This stick will work seamlessly with other CH Products. The community is helpful and ever-active.
Thanks Amazon and big respect Yours happy client.
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If on Windows 10,I have had issues with the Ch Manager software.Read more
Would suggest this to anyone, worth the money.