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Saitek X52 Hotas Flight Controller System Joystick (PC)

Platform : Windows XP, Windows 2000, Windows 98, Windows Me
Rated: Unknown
4.1 out of 5 stars 109 customer reviews

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  • Advanced programming provided by Saitek Smart Technology (SST) software
  • Enhanced gameplay through intuitive Multi-Function display (MDF)
  • Illuminated buttons and MFD - ideal for low light environments
  • Rubber grips and ergonomic design for increased comfort and fatigue-free gaming
  • Part metal constrution for increased durability and authenticity
  • Includes voice recognition software - the ideal accompaniment for on-line multiplayer gaming.
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Game Information

  • Platform:   Windows XP / 2000 / 98 / Me
  • PEGI Rating: Unknown
  • Media: Personal Computers
  • Item Quantity: 1
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Edition: Joystick
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  • ASIN: B00030GSJY
  • Product Dimensions: 35.1 x 27.9 x 17 cm ; 485 g
  • Release Date: 29 Oct. 2004
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (109 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,227 in PC & Video Games (See Top 100 in PC & Video Games)

Product Description

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Product Description

- The most fully integrated PC Flight Control System
- Precision engineering, ergonomic design and a detailed fusion of features deliver maximum aeronautical authenticity
- Advanced programming provided by Saitek Smart Technology (SST) software
- Enhanced gameplay through intuitive Multi-Function display (MFD)
lluminated buttons and MFD - ideal for low light environments
- Rubber grips and ergonomic design for increased comfort and fatigue-free gaming
- Part metal construction for increased durability and authenticity
- Includes Roger Wilco Chat software - the ideal accompaniment for on-line multiplayer gaming

5-position handle adjustment system to suit all hand sizes

Joystick:
Precision centering mechanism, non-contact technology on X and Y axes and constant spring force reduce free play, improve control and increase durability
2-stage metal trigger; 2 primary buttons in 1 convenient position
4 fire buttons including missile launcher with spring-loaded safety cover for instant access
Conveniently positioned metal pinkie switch provides shift functionality to double up on programmable commands
2 X 8-way Hat Switches
3D rudder twist
3-position rotary mode selector switch with LED indicators
3 spring-loaded, base-mounted toggle switches for up to 6 programmable flight commands
5-position handle adjustment system to suit all hand sizes

Throttle:
Progressive throttle with tension adjustment, detents for afterburner and idle
2 fire buttons
Scroll wheel with built-in button
Mouse controller / hat switch with left mouse button
8-way hat switch
2 x rotary controls
Smooth-action slider control
Clutch button initiates ‘safe mode’ to allow on-the-fly profile selection, or to display button functionality without activating
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Connectivity technology: Wired
Device type: Joystick

Manufacturer's Description

The most fully integrated flight control system with a complete range f instrument options to relace the keyboard controls;Precision engineering, ergonomic design for increased comfort and fatigue-free gaming


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I read many 'iffy' reviews about this product before buying, mostly down to it having 'too many functions', 'too complicated' or it being 'twitchy' no matter how many adjustments you do. However for some reason I felt this stick was being hard done by and I took the plunge anyway!!

I must admit, the range of options on it makes it very daunting, but I feel that this is not a purchase for the casual gamer, if you want 'plug and play' look elsewhere. But if you can persevere with the button mapping and get your head around it this is one hell of a stick!

Once I mapped a profile for use with Lock On, it was a dream to use. The buttons on mine are all very responsive and well placed, and the 'pinkie' button's distance from the trigger is fully adjustable, unless you have buckets for hands it should be adjustable for everyone.

Its been 18 months and I haven't had a second's trouble with this kit. It's complicated, yes its big, yes it's fairly heavy in comparison, but its sturdy and you can knock it about without too much worry. These features for me make it feel like a 'proper' stick. It doesn't slide all over the place like others do, and after tweaking with the dead zones I've found it incredibly responsive and very smooth, maybe the other reviewers have had a 'dud'?!

Additionally, if that's not enough it's a stunning design and looks amazing.

Oh...and it GLOWS neon blue people!! Not that that should influence your decision...but still!!
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OK what can I say, this stick has more functions and abilities than you can shake a stick at. It feels good; it's very responsive with no spikes. It's a good sturdy unit and finally they got rid of the NASTY rocker on the throttle (That was on the X45) that was supposedly used as rudder input but which nobody liked. Now we have a twist stick which is far better.
The programmability of this stick is awesome, not only can you program single or multiple key strokes into a button on the stick and throttle. But you can also SPLIT the slider on the throttle and dials. What this means is this...
If you have a game which has a button for Afterburner, you can set 95% of the throttle to be used as a standard throttle, and the last 5% to activate the Afterburner button. You can do this on ANY of the sliders and dials.
I got a game which uses keys 0 to 9 for 10% increases in flaps.
I just split the large DIAL on the throttle 10 times and put each key number in each section, now the dial activates each flap button as it passes though. The programming interface is self explanatory and very easy to use.
Looks good, feels good, IS good.
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Being on the high-end of the joystick/throttle market both in terms of price and features you should expect allot from the X52. An in general it performs admirably.
The stick build quality and precision are superb, it feels light and responsive. However as with all 'twisty-sticks' the yaw function is somewhat awkward I find, especially when trying to operate the hat switches and buttons on the stick whilst manoeuvring. Although there is the option of locking the yaw axis if you want to go the extra mile and get some pedals.
The throttle is also very nice with that large blue LCD staring at you, its movement is smooth and accurate and the plethora of controls at your fingertips is very useful.
The software however is somewhat counter-intuitive, and I find that this tends to render some of the more advanced options (mode switching ect..) on the stick redundant.
In summary, it’s a very good bit of hardware, and as an ardent simmer I can say it was worth the money and the desk space(it is rather large).
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By A Customer on 4 Mar. 2005
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This is my first joystick so have nothing to compare it to, but I love it. I'm using it with FS2004...I was willing to pay a bit more for a good product, and this joystick feels well built, responds well, has more buttons than I know what to do with, installed easily and makes the flight sim a dream to use. The bases are weighty so you can throw the the joystick around and they don't move off the desk - although there are suction pads if you really want to stick it down. Don't waste your money on a cheap joystick, shell out for the best.
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By A Customer on 27 July 2005
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When it arrived I plugged it in and couldn't wait to start playing. It only took a couple of minutes to install and the instructions were clear and helpful. I was amazed at the number of buttons it has on it and it took me a while to find a use for them all. I use it on FS 2004 and Lock On and it works Perfectly. the throttle is responsive and the MFD really helps by showing you what the button you're pressing does as you do it.
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This joystick set isn't cheap and you think you buy a serious piece of kit. After several months of using it I have come to a disappointing conclusion, though.
This joystick is very comprehensive and has a lot of buttons, most of them programmable. The way it's designed it will work for most (adult) gamers, wether you have big or small hands. The joystick is adjustable and is fairly comfortable to hold. Most buttons are in good reach, though some are slightly clumsy to reach. The space between the fire button and the "pinky" could have been slightly bigger though, by making the fire button a bit smaller. I often end up wasting valuable ammunition when adjusting my grip. The self-centring is OK but a bit clunky. The hats lack precision and often you end up looking in 45 degree direction when you wanted 90 degrees. The three switches at the bottom of the stick are difficult to reach and require letting go of either joystick or throttle. Use them for items you don't use often.
The size of the overall set is a bit too big to my taste. When placed either side of my keyboard I feel like riding a Harley Davidson chopper - arms spread - which isn't too comfortable but you get used to it.
I quite like the design of the throttle handle itself with lots of buttons within reach. The slider can be used for flaps, while the big wheel on the top is ideal for elevator trim. However some of the buttons on the throttle are utterly useless and can't be programmed in game. Again the hat lacks precision and often snaps in a different direction that you intended. This can be very distracting in combat. I only have it programmed to work up or down, to avoid confusion.
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