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- Three axis and 24 buttons (3 pushbuttons, 1 mode selector, 1 4-way & 1 8-way switch)
- X and Y axis on miniature joystick and Z axis on accurate throttle sliding motion
- Total of 176 programmable functions with Control Manager software (included) VERY IMPORTANT !!! Before installing the newest version of Control Manager, be sure to uninstall any previous versions from your computer. Also, be sure that any anti-virus software is disabled.
- Three color mode indicator LED's on base. Please Note: Kindly refer the User Manual before use.
- Compatible with Windows 98, 2000, XP, Vista, 7, 8, 10 and Mac OSX
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CH Products Pro Throttle
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
To add to your simulation arsenal, CH Products offers the only realistic jet styled slide throttle for the consumer gaming market. The Pro Throttle includes a total of 24 buttons and three axis (2 axis on the mini joystick), the Pro Throttle is an essential addition to your CH Products Joystick of choice. The Pro Throttle’s 3 separate modes, when used with the optional Control Manager programming software (PC compatible only), allow you to program up to 112 different functions on your device, and access them on-the-fly.
Designed in the U.S., the Pro Throttle use 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 game-play. And with the renowned customer support from CH, you won’t have to worry about your controller failing you.
Plug and Play
The Pro Throttle 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, and 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, and works with all CH USB peripherals, including the Fighterstick, Combatstick, and Pro Pedals. 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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What is the best Hands On Throttle And Stick (HOTAS) you can get your hands on? Survey says Pro Throttle USB! This is a must-have add-on for all armchair pilots. Our highly anticipated Pro Throttle is the most durable, well spent investment youll find. Dont get caught with your flaps down!
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* There is no detent or tactile indicator for a center position, so you might use a reverse toggle depending on the game, or do some light modding to make one. (e.g. using thin strips of fabric or Velcro in the stem guide)
* There is some friction in the movement, and it changes all the time. This can disrupt subtle movements or even muscle memory. This doesn't go well with the short range of motion.
* Some of the HATs are not very sensitive, but they seem to be getting better with age. Considering most controllers just get worse over time, this is kinda awesome. e.g. the Index finger, convex HAT would rarely register a soft push to the right, but it's picking up nicely months later.
* The mini joy was the selling point for me (I even wanted a rollover center throttle). However, it takes a lot of getting used to. It's extremely sensitive and requires a good amount of gain to rein it in. This means, you need to run it through software unless you want to do some serious modding. There is little to no tactile response for the current position. Also, the directions are rotated -90 degrees (e.g. right is up) which I haven't bothered trying to get used to, I just bind the axis so that up is up.
* As with most HOTAS peripherals, it seems big. I can reach all controls without moving my hand, but it feels like the index convex and thumb concave are right at the fingertips.
* I used some adhesive Velcro to attach it to my chair. I don't imagine you could play with it at all without fixing it in place.
The biggest advantage with this throttle is the number of potential bindings. Even in Elite:Dangerous I am not left wanting for more buttons. It might even be suitable for Rogue System. ;)
But anyway, enough of that. I love this throttle and its cousin, the Fighterstick. It's got half a million buttons on it and is comfortable. 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 is just that, a slider. There are no detents. It honestly is quite cheap and simple and it lacks the fancyness of other throttles. The analog stick on the left won't always center 100%, it may be off by a tinge when you let it go. Bumping it usually sets it back in place.
So it's ugly and the mechanism is painfully 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!
+ Feels sturdy. High Quality plastic. People claim that this throttle can last 15 years and beyond.
+ Mini joystick for your thumb
+ (1) 8-way POV china hat
+ (3) 4-way hats with different shapes(2 for your thumb & another for index finger)
+ (3) buttons
- 8-bit (value from 0 to 255)
- some might say it looks ugly
- Throttle does constantly fidget +/- 1
- linear movement of the throttle doesn't do a good job of giving you physical feel of where it is and sometimes you have to look.
I considered this alongside the Saitek Rhino X55 but was discouraged by the number of poor quality control on the part of Saitek (that's a combined throttle and stick for $200):
For those considering Saitek: Buyer BEWARE, do your research and consider product reviews; some love it, some hate it, it seems to be a mixed bag of lacking quality control
CH has a good history of long lasting, good quality products so I promptly bought CH products and haven't looked back since
Switches and buttons feel solid and the throttle has a moderate friction resistance. Minor complaint is that the cursor control doesn't perfectly center. Also neither the ProThrottle nor the Fighterstick have rudder control
but I certainly recommend this for avid Simfans wanting to get the most immersive experience from their simulators