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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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Saitek Pro Flight X-55 Rhino H.O.T.A.S. (Hands on Throttle and Stick) System for PC
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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Brand Name Saitek
Item model number SCB432150002/02/1
Hardware Platform pc
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
Color Black

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3.9 out of 5 stars 508 customer reviews

3.9 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #26 in Computers & Accessories > Computer Accessories > Game Hardware > PC Game Hardware > Controllers > Flight Controls
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Date First Available January 7, 2014

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Everything seems nice about this unit. Sure it's plastic and the stick itself creaks when you put your hands on it but as long as it functions, right? Sure I had to open up the stick and apply some Molykote EM-30L plastic grease because there was a bunch of resistance in the twist action. That's fine, right? So what if the plastic ring on the stick needs to be cleaned and re-lubricated every 3 or 4 days to deal with the plastic that grinds off itself, that's not so bad right?
Today I noticed one of the buttons on the throttle stopped working if I had the throttle at max. So, I flip it over and open the unit.

The quality control at Saitek is awful, I don't know if it's the post Mad Catz buyout or a bad month at the factory or what, but this is heinous quality. Stay away from this X-55. If the thing wasn't so cheap feeling, didn't have a bunch of plastic-on-plastic parts that didn't fit quite perfectly together and didn't have low-quality wires snaking through it this could be a good stick. I like the feel, the buttons, the action. None of this is good at all if the thing breaks.
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We definitely back up our products and support 100 percent! If you need any assistance or have any questions we will be more than happy to work towards a solution. Please contact our tech team so we can get you sorted out. We apologize for the inconvenience. Call our support center Toll Free: 1 (800) 659-2287 Phone Hours: 7AM - 3PM PST - Monday - Friday or submit a ticket at http://support.madcatz.com/Tickets/Submit
I have owned an X52 Pro for seven years, and have been very happy with it. When I first got it however, I had to return it, because three of the buttons, including the trigger, weren't working.

For the last 6 months I've been eagerly following the development of the X-55, hoping for a very good replacement of my old stick. It took a while to finally arrive, but when it did, I was excited, to say the least.

Being a helicopter nerd (DCS, Dreamfoil X-plane 10 etc..), the option to swap the springs was something I found very appealing with the X-55. I immediately swapped out the spring for the weakest one, and plugged in the joystick. After a brief install of the drivers and software, I set to configuring it, testing it to make sure every button and axis were working correctly.

Now, as soon as I pitched the joystick, I noticed something was wrong. After having pitched it, the washer, upon which the spring rests, didn't go back down (spring is supposed to force it back down).

Another faulty joystick?

I removed the handle and spring, and took a closer look at the washer. In order to push it back down with my fingers, I actually had to put some weight to it. Upon closer inspection, I found there was a healthy dose of lubrication, as well as no plastic edges or similar obstructions to hinder the washer's travel. In other words, the washer itself is manufactured slightly off spec, making it too snug and tight.

I tried the other springs, and only the biggest one was capable of pushing the washer back down. I'll tell you this: the strongest spring combined with a Very snug washer makes for an impossibly tight and jerky stick.

Another faulty Saitek joystick. The amount of negative reviews certainly doesn't help either.
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There are some serious QA problems with this product. Few people on any forums, anywhere, report having no issues with the joystick mechanism snagging and causing not only friction but an inconsistent and "snaggy" feel on the stick. Some silicon grease made for plastics helped some, but the issue is not a lack of lubrication but bad tolerances between the parts. Perhaps with luck, and an RMA or two, one can get a stick that feels smooth and accurate. However, the utterly low quality switches and buttons, in addition to the stick problems, is a deal breaker for me at this price point. The buttons could not feel any cheaper, and I am not nit picking here. They feel like if they are going to be break over time, they have a very bad feel to the click (all buttons). Some buttons I'm even afraid to use as they feel like they are going to break with little use, the "slider" (which is really a 2 position switch) is most guilty of this. The buttons feel very "toy-grade" and I'd be surprised if they stood up to any medium to heavy duty use. I wouldn't recommend buying this HOTAS, at least for now, unless your expectations are absurdly low and you feel $200 is appropriate for something that feels like a toy. I went in with fairly realistic expectations. I did not expect the buttons to be super high quality, but I did expect them to not feel like they were going to break at any moment. I don't mind the plastic construction, or any of the build material choices. However, the actual feel of the stick and buttons did not remotely meet any of my expectations. I am hoping Saitek will listen to this overwhelming amount of negative feedback and do something to fix the X55, even if it means a price increase.Read more ›
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I purchased the x55 Rhino from mypilotstore.com and recieved it about 2 weeks ago and have been playing with it a bit each day. I felt compelled to write a review on here because I've had a good experience with my rhino, and I didn't have any of the problems mentioned in the negative reviews here on the site.

It came brand new in box as expected. After pulling it out and plugging it in, I opened the instructions which tell you to go to saitek's website and download the drivers and software (it provides the link). Getting this setup was all pretty simple and once it was done I tested all the buttons etc. Everything works great on mine and the joystick was smooth etc. I didn't have any of the friction problems some others have mentioned.

I've been playing Arma 3, War thunder, diaspiora, various other games and the joystick works great. It is brand new so there are not built in profiles for all the popular games yet. Which means I had to bind most of the buttons myself for each game rather then be setup with a default. I'm sure that this will change soon though.

The software was not super intuitive, but after watching one youtube tutorial video of how to program the x55, I was able to do alot of really awesome custom keybinds to turn roteries etc in the various games I've loaded up. Once you figure out how to do it then the software is very powerful and you can get just about whatever you need done.

My only real complaint is that right out of the box there isn't an off switch or something like that someone on the peripherals. This obviously isn't a big deal, but it is slightly annoying because sometimes when I load up into a game that does not need a HOTAS, it registers anyway and starts controlling my cursor.
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