I had been looking at these for over a year, but was restricted by funds! I already had the Saitek yoke and the Saitek switch panel, but really wanted the feel of steering, on the ground, as you would in a real aircraft. So far, so good! Love them! I had read many, many reviews in lots of different places (it helps so much for anything!) and finally decided on these over the CH products. Obviously, I cannot compare them personally, but I'm really pleased I bought these! I fly in X-Plane 9 on an early 2008 intel iMac running 10.6, I had already loaded various Saitek plugins from x-plane.org, but these work straight out of the box as plug and play! All you need do is set them up in X-Planes preferences and you're good to go! Probably not as smooth as in a real aircraft, but then I wouldn't know as I, currently (I'm working on it!), cannot afford to fly the real ones! On the other hand, all equipment, in anything, has subtle differences so who's to say how things should or shouldn't be? Think of driving one car then switching to another, you have to get used to the differences in each!
All in all, perfectly happy with the purchase, one piece of advice, get some of that rubberised non slip mesh (available in most 99p stores, pound stores, DIY stores, etc) and cut a large enough piece to place under the pedals to prevent them from moving! Works REALLY well on carpet, cannot comment for wood/laminate flooring, but I would say it should still work as long as you thoroughly clean the area of floor before putting down the mesh so that you're not putting it onto dust! I've read in many reviews that the velcro strips the pedals come with don't really work that well!