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Saitek Pro Flight X-65F Combat Control System (PC)
Saitek Pro Flight X-65F Combat Control System (PC)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Best joystick I've used, 15 Dec 2011
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
Distinguishing features (for me):
- force sensing (stick doesn't move)
- split throttles

Pros:
- feels well-built (all metal, except for the buttons - which are firm)
- you can choose the force required: there's 4 settings, which by default (changable) range from "I have gorilla arms" (4kg for full X, 6kg for full Y) to "it looks like that pilot's on meth" (0.9kg/1.6kg); all tunable, you'll be able to find something that feels right
- really, really responsive and accurate
- rudder twist is also force-sensing (stick doesn't actually rotate) - I use pedals, and a the stick still rotates, I find it really distracting.
- throttles can be linked - some people have said there's a 'pin' - to be clear, it's a solid, fairly thick metal rod controlled by a switch. I have no fear of that 'pin' bending/breaking
- more on-stick controls than you'll ever need

Cons:
- if you have the throttles linked, even though it's adjustable, it's always /really/ stiff.
- the stick is not adjustable, at all (it's fine for me though)

If you're wondering about that lever at the base, it's another pinkie switch.

If you get it, one bit of advice: spent a few hours getting used to it in something like battlefield 2 - if you jump straight into FSX/DCS/LOMAC with this, you'll be way too distracted.
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