|Item model number||SCB432150002/02/1|
|Item Weight||5.2 pounds|
|Product Dimensions||13.8 x 8.9 x 12 inches|
|Item Dimensions L x W x H||13.78 x 8.86 x 12.01 inches|
Saitek Pro Flight X-55 Rhino H.O.T.A.S. (Hands on Throttle and Stick) System for PC
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- 16-bit aileron and 16-bit elevator axis greatly enhance stick accuracy
- Adjustable stick force via advanced 4-spring system
- Twin throttles with friction adjuster and throttle lock
- Separate USB connector cables on throttle and stick units.
- H.O.T.A.S. configuration software enables programmable controls
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Military-grade Flight Sim Precision
Inspired by controls found within actual fighter planes, the next-gen X-55 Rhino H.O.T.A.S. System for PC provides utmost control over simulated aircraft. Built to the same exacting standards of Saitek's award-winning Pro Flight accessories range, the X-55 Rhino delivers a multitude of customizable options never before seen in an H.O.T.A.S. System. Whether flying a modern fighter, single- or multi-engine aircraft, or even a retro single-seat plane, the X-55 Rhino supplies all the control surface options required to achieve the exact level of aerial performance aspiring pilots demand.
Enhanced Stick Accuracy
During virtual flight – just like true flight – the accuracy of an aircraft's control surfaces is of paramount importance. The X-55 Rhino's control surfaces are incredibly accurate, courtesy of an all-new 16-bit aileron and a 16-bit elevator axis, each employing hall-effect sensors. Developed from the ground up, Saitek's 16-bit axis solution enables extremely precise flight.
Individual USB Connectors
The X-55 Rhino's stick and throttle units each utilize their own separate USB connection, offering greater flexibility during customization. You're free to situate the controls exactly where you want them, without the need to keep them tethered to each other.
Adjustable Stick Force via Advanced 4-Spring System
A ground-breaking, adjustable stick spring system allows pilots to alter the force required to move the stick. Four springs of varying resistance are included to provide a total of five different options. Choose the spring – or no spring at all – which best accommodates your style of flying.
Twin Throttles with Friction Adjuster and Throttle Lock
Using a twin-engine throttle controller is the only suitable method for manipulating a virtual twin-engine aircraft. The X-55 Rhino boasts twin throttles – ideal for situations in which your primary engine is disabled and you're down to one – and also provides the option to adjust the friction required to move them. And if your aircraft of choice is single-engine, a handy throttle lock effectively converts the twin throttles into a single unit.
Bonus Toggles and Rotaries on Backlit Throttle Base
Flight sim accessories used by today's virtual pilots require the highest level of control and customization. The X-55 Rhino showcases additional toggles and rotaries, not based on any particular aircraft, around the throttle base. Seven extra three-way toggle switches and two rotaries allow you to customize this H.O.T.A.S. System to your own specifications.
H.O.T.A.S. Configuration Software Enables Programmable Controls
Saitek's new software provides the ability to completely customize all of the X-55 Rhino's axes and buttons. On the axis side, you can adjust deadbands and response curves to fine-tune axes to respond just like an aircraft's real-life counterparts. On the buttons and toggle side, you can assign any number of in-sim directives, such as speed brake, flares, target lock and pickle weapon. The software also allows programmability for an array of mouse and keyboard commands – from basic single-key inputs to very advanced, timed, and macro commands.
Compatible with ALL Major Flying Games
The X-55 Rhino works with and is programmable for all available aircraft in these titles: Flight Simulator X, Flight Simulator 2004, X-Plane 10, X-Plane 9, DCS World, DCS: A-10C Warthog, DCS: Black Shark 2, DCS: UH-1H Huey, Lock On: Modern Air Combat (LOMAC), Lock On: Flaming Cliffs 3, Lock On: Flaming Cliffs 2, Lock On: Flaming Cliffs , aerofly FS, Take On Helicopters (TKOH), Rise of Flight, Arma 3, Falcon 4.0: Allied Force, Falcon BMS 4.32, World of Warplanes, War Thunder
Build the Ultimate Virtual Cockpit
Transform even a modest PC into a virtual cockpit and experience the staggering realism of different flight and emergency situations – complete with realistic weather and flight conditions. Using the X-55 Rhino as a foundation for Saitek's modular accessories, easily add Combat Rudder Pedals and a multitude of Switch, Navigation, and Instrument Panels to fully customize your flight simulator. Commercial or private, seasoned or novice, you have the ability to equip your flight simulation setup with all the essentials needed to vastly improve your skill set and muscle memory.
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Setting up is fairly easy. Once out of the box, you just need to put the joystick on the base and tight a screw. It comes with 4 different springs to control the joystick tension, I left the one that was already in place.
You are suppose to be able to adjust the resistance of the throttle but the mechanism is a bit flimsy. Even if I put the least resistance in the throttle, I still have some at the beginning of every session. I need to move it back and forth a few times to make it go away.
I use Windows 8.1 64 bits and the drivers and software installed with no problems (or so I thought? keep reading). I setup the controls in Elite and started playing. Over the weeks, I had to add a dead zone for the roll and yaw. No big deal this is easily done with the X-55 software.
After some time, I wanted to make use of the modes. There's a big mode switch on the throttle that allow for different button programming depending on the mode that is selected. The same button could have different purpose in hyper cruise or combat.
After looking into the X-55 some more to setup the mode, it turns out I could not load any profile onto it which is required for programming the X-55. After playing around for an hour with no success, I re-installed the drivers and software and the profile started working. I was able to setup the mode exactly as I wanted.
Even thought that flight stick has flaws, I do not regret buying it. It made Elite Dangerous so much more enjoyable than a gamepad or keyboard/mouse.
That said, at $200, you would not expect to see these kind of problems. But coming from Mad Catz, this is not that surprising...
- Lots of buttons
- 3 modes
- Great for Elite Dangerous
- Does not work on USB3 ports in some cases (http://support.madcatz.com/Knowledgebase/Article/View/553/176/my-device-has-trouble-being-picked-up-on-usb30-ports).
- Flaky software.
- Flimsy throttle resistance control.
I had heard about this problem in the throttle from a friend who had the same product (for Elite: Dangerous) and so I cracked it open and threw some electrical tape around the wires in the throttle in the hope it would extend its longevity - assured that the joystick itself was less prone to the issue. However, now, a year later, the LED lights on the joystick are starting to flicker and go out, leading me to believe the same problem exists in it as well and will require some reinforcement for proper functionality.
This kind of jerry-rigging, with electrical tape reinforcement around the absurdly thin wires, hardly guarantees longevity in the device. For $200, I'd expect a hardier product.
In terms of better, longer-lasting products, I've heard the CH Products Fighterstick and CH Products Pro Throttle are far superior in terms of ruggedness. Though it's more expensive part-for-part, it sounds like the build quality is more than worth it. I need to point out that the CH joystick does not have the twist-yaw control scheme and is, in my opinion, the major downside of that joystick. However, the fact that it will simply work far outweighs that negative.
When my X-55 ultimately breaks, I think I will replace each respective component with its CH counterpart. If you do not anticipate using the X-55 heavily then this might be the right choice for you as it still offers a lot in a beautiful package. I would just have to recommend cracking open each piece to protectively wrap the internal wires with electrical tape to help it last longer. Obviously this requires care, and you may want to re-grease the internal components afterwards, but this is hardly a guarantee that it will last as long as you'd hope.