Saitek X52 Pro Flight System Controller
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- Advanced Multi-Function Display (MFD) for real flying interaction
- 2 dedicated MFD buttons and 2 rotary dials with in-built buttons to control additional game functionality
- Joystick with precision centering mechanism, non-contact technology on X and Y axes and constant spring force
- Progressive throttle with tension adjustment, detents for afterburner and idle; 2 fire buttons
- Works with: Windows XP, XP64 and Vista (all versions) and Windows 7
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Closer to Reality
The X52 Pro boasts an upgraded multifunction LCD which shows in-game data in real time, a progressive throttle with tension adjustment, plus an adjustable joystick with a self-centering mechanism. The X52 Pro takes all the standout features from the original X52 and elevates them to a higher altitude.
- Progressive Spring Force on Throttle and Joystick
- Interactive MFD Screen Displays Crucial In-Sim Info
- PC Programming Software Creates Custom Profiles
Dual-Spring Centering Mechanism
A highly accurate centering mechanism ensures the joystick will easily return to the neutral position after you let go. Non-contact technology on the X and Y axes enhance control while increasing durability. And, the stick becomes more resistant as it moves farther away from the center position.
Advanced Grip Adjustment System
A five-position handle adjustment system conforms to your grip style and hand size. And to promote maximum comfort during long flights, the joystick’s handle also features contours which harmonize with your digits.
3D Twist with Rudder Lock
The joystick’s twist rudder controls add another dimension of command to simulated flight. If you prefer more traditional control, a rudder lock switch disables the twist capabilities and confines input to the X and Y axes – ideal for use with Saitek Pro Flight Rudder Pedals (sold separately).
Progressive Throttle with Resistance Adjustment
The throttle unit’s progressive functionality improves aircraft response. Detents – physical markings indicating where a certain action takes places – simplify control of your plane’s idle and reverse thrusters. Yet another customizable feature found on the X52 Pro, a tension adjustment dial lets you change the throttle’s resistance to suit the way you fly.
Multifunction LCD Display
The X-52 Pro’s LCD screen – with adjustable backlighting – enables you to view information about your button configurations with only a quick glance. Even more beneficial is the ability to directly manipulate radio stack information in FSX, X-Plane, Prepar3D, and most flight simulation software. You can then use the buttons residing below the Multifunction Display (MFD) to cycle through essential radio stack functions. A downloadable Software Development Kit allows you to create your own MFD interactions.
Powerful Programming Software (PC Only)
After installing downloadable software, you are then free to create custom profiles for different flight sims. A trio of mode settings and a pinkie switch provide enhanced programming options for even more control in your favorite sim. And, all button programming is color coded. Assign a color to each button’s tri-state LED, and then make adjustments via controller settings within joy.cpl (Game Controllers).
Flight Simulation Software Compatibility
- FSX - Flight Simulator X (PC only)
- X-Plane 10 (PC and Mac)
- Prepar3D 2.2 (PC only)
- DCS World
- IL-2 Sturmovik: Battle of Stalingrad
- War Thunder
- World of Warplanes
- Star Citizen
- Elite: Dangerous
- Most Other Flight Simulation, Combat Simulation, and Space Simulation Software
Top Customer Reviews
Compared with the standard X52, the X52 Pro is indeed a significant improvement. All extra functionality of the multi-function display aside, the quality is simply higher. However, I'm still very surprised that so many steps back were taken from the old X45.
Compared with the original X52, the spring tension in the stick of the X52 Pro is a great improvement. I remember being very disappointed in the X52 when I picked up a display model, and the weak spring allowed the stick to fall over under it's own weight. The X52 Pro added a second centering spring to help, and it is much better, but still rather weak compared with the X45, which had a massive spring.
Also, as with the standard X52, the X45's rudder rocker switch is gone, replaced by the twisty stick. Now, I do understand this, since it is a common practice in joystick design now.. however, I have never seen an aircraft with this feature, and if realism is the goal, you'll need rudder pedals. The rocker always has felt more intuitive to me.
I think my largest disappointment in this stick, and the standard X52, is the new style for the dials on the throttle. In order to install the buttons in the centers of the dials, they had to sacrifice the quality of the dials themselves. The X45 had wonderful dials, with a smooth rotation range of about 300 degrees around the circle, and a great feel. The new style on the X52s is terrible by comparison.Read more ›
Pros - Smooth, and precise control, feels like you got your money's worth. Lots, and lots of customization with the software. Lots of buttons and hats to keep me keyboard-free in Elite:Dangerous. Programmable LEDs.
Cons - Suction cups could be better. Could use a bit more weight.
The pros here outweigh the cons imo. If you're looking for something to play Elite with, this is an excellent option, if you can spare the cash.
Some misfortunes or bugs with previous versions, the Saitek X45 had a very stiff spring within the joystick causing significant problems. Also, the X45 suffered a loose connection on the throttle controller connector to the joystick, and had to resplice the cable. The Saitek X36 only had 32 bit drivers, but there are open source drivers with the additional bug of not being Signed Drivers, causing boot problems with later versions of MS Windows. These previous controllers had the wonderful embedded rudder within the throttle.
So far, I am extremely impressed by the quality of workmanship after just a few hours! Initially, I thought this was going be another plastic toy I was going to live to regret purchasing.
# lsusb -v
Bus 003 Device 003: ID 06a3:0762 Saitek PLC Saitek X52 Pro Flight Control System
idVendor 0x06a3 Saitek PLC
idProduct 0x0762 Saitek X52 Pro Flight Control System
Linux Driver: joystick
Windows Driver: Windows Update and Saitek Website. Both, Windows Update and the Saitek Website drivers are the same.
1) The colors and lighting are very conservative. As opposed to the color of the X45 looking like a toy from a childs' toy boxes. (NOTE: Many of the photos of this joystick on the Internet, have the LED's at maximum brightness. It is far more likely common to significantly reduce the brightness within the driver settings.)
2) The main joystick spring is much lighter than the X45, fixing the previously mentioned bug.Read more ›
After a couple of good recommendations from some guys I fly with online I decided to go ahead and get the X52 Pro. I must say that I am very pleased with it so far. The spring tesnion is much better (has dual springs) and the optical pots make for much smoother movement in game. It is also more ruggedly built than the original.
-Has Vista 64 bit Programming software available
-Can customize the LED colors (does not include the MFD)
-Has better MFD Options
-Sturdier with better spring tension
-Has a module that allows control of the radio stack in FSX with MFD Rotaries
-Has a nicer task bar interface
-Slider is 100x better than the original which was crap & would never calibrate
-The programming software is not as intuive as previous versions. It is not visual and you cannot click a button on the stick and have it be selected in the programming software as before.
-Rotaries are a bit tough to move precisely. Takes more force.
-The rotary wheels at the MFD only work with the FSX Mod. Can't seem to get them to work in anything else.
-Throttle detents are a bit overdone & if you are trying to make fine adjustments at 10% & 20% it can be a bit tough at times. This is even the the friction backed off all of the way.
-Still can't do a calibrate function.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Seems to be good for the time I have had it, although I kept receiving the x52 vs the x52 proPublished 4 days ago by Alan Brand
Bought this as a gift for my fiance (he plays Elite: Dangerous almost religiously) and he absolutely raves about it.Published 5 days ago by Lemcanthrope
Had a few Saitek sticks over the years and they always hold up for years if used normally, unfortunately I always break them through my own negelegence. Read morePublished 6 days ago by Amazon Customer
The X52 Pro has a flawed USB implementation that will wreak havoc with your computer. If your USB ports are connected to an Intel USB 3 controller (even if they are USB 2 ports),... Read morePublished 7 days ago by Charles Chandler
Great size, weight, quality, and feel. Works great on my Win10 system that does have USB 3 ports, although I'm using the USB 2 ones. Read morePublished 10 days ago by Sanabia
I'm putting the negative first because it's essential that you know this before buying. DO NOT install the provided drivers. Read more