THRUSTMASTER T-Flight Hotas X Flight Stick (PS3 & Windows)
- Wide hand-rest for optimal comfort
- Programmable: The 12 buttons and 5 axles are entirely programmable
- Dual-system, aerodynamic control: By rotating handle (with integrated blocking system) or by progressive tilting lever
- Internal memory: To save all of your programming, even with the joystick disconnected
- High-precision joystick with adjustable resistance
- Programmable: The 12 buttons and 5 axles are entirely programmable
- Detachable, real-size, ergonomically-designed throttle control
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For ultra-simple and fast installation with all functions pre-configured for immediate takeoff (without worrying about configuration)
Detachable, real-size, ergonomically-designed throttle control
Dual-system aerodynamic control: by rotating handle (with integrated blocking system) or by progressive tilting lever
High-precision joystick with adjustable resistance
Wide hand rest for optimal comfort
Trigger for brakes (civil flight) or for rapid fire (military flight) + multi-directional hat (panoramic view)
Weighted base for greater stability
Exclusive "MAPPING" button: all functions may be instantly switched around between each other
Exclusive "PRESET" button": to switch, while playing, instantly from one programme to another
Internal memory: to save all of your programming, even with the joystick disconnected
Programmable: the 12 buttons and 5 axles are entirely programmable.
THRUSTMASTER is a designer and manufacturer of interactive entertainment hardware and accessories for PC and game consoles. Wide hand-rest for optimal comfort. Programmable: the 12 buttons and 5 axles are entirely programmable. This joystick is not distributed under license or with the approval of Microsoft Corporation / Ubisoft / 505 Games. Configurations by default: PC: Flight Simulator X () Microsoft PS3 & PC: Tom Clancy’s HawX () Ubisoft PS3: IL-2 Sturmovik Birds of prey () 505 Games. Unique: Plug & Play for ultra-simple and fast installation with all functions pre-configured for immediate takeoff (without worrying about configuration). Detachable, real-size, ergonomically-designed throttle control. Exclusive "Mapping" button: all functions may be instantly switched around between each other. Dual-system, aerodynamic control: by rotating handle (with integrated blocking system) or by progressive tilting lever. High-precision joystick with adjustable resistance. The trigger for brakes (civil flight) or for rapid fire (military flight) + multi-directional hat (panoramic view). Internal memory: to save all of your programming, even with the joystick disconnected. Weighted base for greater stability. Exclusive "Preset" button": to switch, while playing, instantly from one programmer to another.
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I've done flight sims and whatnot since I was a kid. I love them. I remember, way back in the day before buying online was a thing, circling things like the Thrustmaster controls in catalogs for Christmas. It was way out of our budget back then, but now that I'm a grown man with his own money, I finally bought a good HOTAS controller to start with.
I have arthritis; I've played Elite using a gamepad, but found my hands hurt after only 15-30 minutes of gameplay. With this? I'm golden. Much more comfortable. I set this on my lap (with it combined, rather than separated) and can play for hours on end comfortably. The hat switch is the only part that gives me any trouble, but that's to be expected with my control mapping in E:D.
Easy to map. Setting it up in E:D wasn't a problem, and there are lots of people who post configs to reference or even copy over.
Resistance: The throttle control is my favorite part here. The center notch works great. The stick itself stock had just the right amount of resistance, but I like that I can adjust that, too.
Button positioning: Everything I need is within reach, but not so close that I might accidentally hit the wrong buttons.
Cost: An easy one, but worth it, too.
It could use more buttons, or, ideally, some switches with lights. I'd love to be able to flip a switch to arm weapons or deploy landing gear.
Throttle twist: This would be nice as well for things like lateral thrusters, but isn't a deal breaker.
Putting it together is kind of a pain; having a simpler way to attach/detach would be nice. Thankfully, once I got it combined, I really have no desire to separate it again.
Also, having a secondary hat switch would be nice on the throttle. Still, not a deal breaker.
Overall, I definitely recommend this if you're a gamer who's looking to finally grab a HOTAS, an older gamer with arthritis who needs something to game with that's more comfortable, or if you just want to pretend you're in the... DANGER ZOOOOONE!
Unfortunately, the good middle ground used to be Saitek, but pretty much everything they make is terrible now and so you have to choose between cheap and ultra-expensive.
And you will notice that this thing is cheap. It works, and it's accurate, but it feels like a toy and the throttle action is terrible. There's a big notch right in the middle (which is dumb in the first place, as it should be toward the back end of travel to simulate thrust reversers while still leaving you most of the travel for normal throttle), and when I say it's big, I mean it's huge. This is like a flaps detent, and it's made worse by the fact that the rest of the travel is very loose. There's no friction drag at all on the throttle travel, so until you get used to it you tend to fling it from idle to 50%, then stop, press harder to overcome the detent, and then slam it straight to 100%.
The throttle base button placements are dumb because that's where the heel of your hand hits when you take it off the throttle so that you don't accidentally move it since it's so loose, and so you end up spamming 1 to 3 commands.
The stick itself is actually very comfortable - it reminds me of the old Logitech Wingman Extreme stick. You could use this thing for hours without your hand getting tired. Unfortunately, the button placements are awkward - if you're in the habit of safing your trigger finger by resting it above the trigger, you're going to hit an overly-large button. The overall theme of this stick is that buttons tend to be where you don't want them to be, and they tend to not be where you do want them.
The other main problem with the stick is that while you can separate the stick and the throttle, which is good, the cable between them is entirely too short. Unless you have a very small keyboard, you won't be able to put the two on either side of it. You certainly won't be able to put the throttle where it should naturally be, which is slightly outboard of your shoulder. They need to make the cable at least a foot longer to give decent separation between the two.
Top reviews from other countries
While not really a must, joysticks of this type make flightsims and spacesims much more intuitive and enjoyable. You push the throttle stick forward, and you intuitively understand you've accelerated your ship.
Compared to other flightsticks of similar prices, this one seems to be the best choice. (To anyone comparing about the price, keep in mind that a wireless xbox controller is similarly priced.)
The buttons on the stick and throttle are all easy to reach, and the 4-way button on the right joystick maps nicely onto the power distributor in Elite. My one complaint is that for a game like Elite Dangerous, 10 - odd buttons are not enough for all the different ship functions you might want to access without losing focus of the game screen. You can however, map these on your keyboard.
The two parts clip in the middle, but can be detached and separated by about a metre (limited by cable length). This means you can keep them on the side of your desk, or exactly where your arms feel most comfortable, but also allows you to use it on the move (well, more or less), since you can clip the two parts together and put them on your knees (I've done it with a laptop). It is a little bit big to easily fit in a backpack though, so bringing it with you to your lunch break might be a challenge.
Another important factor is that it works right out of the box. No external drivers required, and the 3 games I've used it with so far all automatically recognise it and map the controls accordingly. Elite even has a specific controls layout for this particular flightstick.
Oh, and it came in a nice (if a bit bulky) box which, if you can figure out how to put the joystick back into it, will allow you to hide it from dust / transport it without damage / so on.
Overall, a must have for flightsim and spacesim players.
Reviewed in Italy on February 9, 2020
Having just installed x-plane and really enjoyed it I was desperate for a better form of control than mouse and keyboard. In amongst the questions and answers there is reference to the Thrustmaster working with an iMac even though it only specifies PC/PS3 etc. However there often seems to be someone saying that it doesn't work, whether or not this is genuine or people being deliberately unhelpful; I don't know....Anyway I took a punt on this and it works very well with my 2017 iMac and Mojave. Instantly recognised by x-plane and easy to set up. I can't compare to anything else except using a mouse and it's infinitely better, making x-plane so much more worthwhile to work on.
Hopefully if you have an iMac/x-plane and you're looking for a joystick then you know you can consider this one as there doesn't seem to be many out there badged as iMac compatible.
Not knowing whether I would like E:D I didn't want to spend a lot, so I picked up a Speedlink Black Widow (the cheapest HOTAS I could find).
Well within no time at all it was clear that E:D had me hooked, and I started looking at possible upgrades from the Black Widow, which, while a decent enough controller for the price, is not particularly accurate, has a limited number of buttons and lacks yaw control on the stick (though it does have an analog rocker button axis on the throttle which I use for yaw).
I shortlisted the X52 from Saitek and the T-Flight from Thrustmaster. I spent a long time reading/watching reviews and trying to weigh up the pros and cons of both given that there is obviously a substantial price difference.
In the end I was swayed by many positive reviews to go for the cheaper T-Flight. This was a mistake, and I shall explain why:-
Whilst it is undoubtedly a good controller for the money, it is still very much an entry level HOTAS and as such is constructed of very inexpensive materials. Had this been the first HOTAS I bought, I would probably have been happy enough, but as I already have the Black Widow, it is just not enough of an upgrade and in some ways is inferior to that slightly cheaper stick.
The T-Flight has slightly improved precision over the Black Widow along with a few more buttons and the additional yaw axis on the stick itself, but when I compare the feel of the two, the Black Widow wins hands down. Whilst it is still plastic, it has a kind of soft-touch finish to it which is so much more comfortable than the hard plastic of the T-Flight. Also the buttons have a very cheap, loud, 'clicky' feel to them and the trigger is quite uncomfortable on the T-Flight whereas the buttons on the Black Widow are more 'cushioned', and the trigger is larger with more rounded edges. For me at least, this makes moderate to prolonged use far easier/more comfortable with the Black Widow.
Good enough as a cheap, entry level HOTAS.
Not a good choice as an upgrade from the Speedlink Black Widow.