Saitek Pro Flight X-55 Rhino Keyboard Black
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- Product TypeJoystick and throttle
- Connectivity TechnologyWired
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- Platform: Windows
- PEGI Rating: Unknown
- Media: Personal Computers
- Item Quantity: 1
Edition: Black Keyboard X-55
Military-grade Flight Sim Precision
Inspired by controls found within actual fighter planes, the next-gen X-55 Rhino H.O.T.A.S. System for PC provides utmost control over simulated aircraft. Built to the same exacting standards of Saitek's award-winning Pro Flight accessories range, the X-55 Rhino delivers a multitude of customizable options never before seen in an H.O.T.A.S. System. Whether flying a modern fighter, single- or multi-engine aircraft, or even a retro single-seat plane, the X-55 Rhino supplies all the control surface options required to achieve the exact level of aerial performance aspiring pilots demand.
Enhanced Stick Accuracy
During virtual flight – just like true flight – the accuracy of an aircraft's control surfaces is of paramount importance. The X-55 Rhino's control surfaces are incredibly accurate, courtesy of an all-new 16-bit aileron and a 16-bit elevator axis, each employing hall-effect sensors. Developed from the ground up, Saitek's 16-bit axis solution enables extremely precise flight.
Adjustable Stick Force via Advanced 4-Spring System
A ground-breaking, adjustable stick spring system allows pilots to alter the force required to move the stick. Four springs of varying resistance are included to provide a total of five different options. Choose the spring – or no spring at all – which best accommodates your style of flying.
Twin Throttles with Friction Adjuster and Throttle Lock
Using a twin-engine throttle controller is the only suitable method for manipulating a virtual twin-engine aircraft. The X-55 Rhino boasts twin throttles – ideal for situations in which your primary engine is disabled and you're down to one – and also provides the option to adjust the friction required to move them. And if your aircraft of choice is single-engine, a handy throttle lock effectively converts the twin throttles into a single unit.
Bonus Toggles and Rotaries on Backlit Throttle Base
Flight sim accessories used by today's virtual pilots require the highest level of control and customization. The X-55 Rhino showcases additional toggles and rotaries, not based on any particular aircraft, around the throttle base. Seven extra three-way toggle switches and two rotaries allow you to customize this H.O.T.A.S. System to your own specifications.
Individual USB Connectors
The X-55 Rhino's stick and throttle units each utilize their own separate USB connection, offering greater flexibility during customization. You're free to situate the controls exactly where you want them, without the need to keep them tethered to each other.
H.O.T.A.S. Configuration Software Enables Programmable Controls
Saitek's new software provides the ability to completely customize all of the X-55 Rhino's axes and buttons. On the axis side, you can adjust deadbands and response curves to fine-tune axes to respond just like an aircraft's real-life counterparts. On the buttons and toggle side, you can assign any number of in-sim directives, such as speed brake, flares, target lock and pickle weapon. The software also allows programmability for an array of mouse and keyboard commands – from basic single-key inputs to very advanced, timed, and macro commands.
Build the Ultimate Virtual Cockpit
Transform even a modest PC into a virtual cockpit and experience the staggering realism of different flight and emergency situations – complete with realistic weather and flight conditions. Using the X-55 Rhino as a foundation for Saitek's modular accessories, easily add Combat Rudder Pedals and a multitude of Switch, Navigation, and Instrument Panels to fully customize your flight simulator. Commercial or private, seasoned or novice, you have the ability to equip your flight simulation setup with all the essentials needed to vastly improve your skill set and muscle memory.
Colour of product: Black
Connectivity technology: Wired
Device interface: USB 2.0
Device type: Joystick
Gaming control technology: Analogue / Digital
Gaming platforms supported: PC
USB required: Yes
Windows operating systems supported: Windows XP Home, Windows XP Home x64, Windows XP Professional, Windows XP Professional x64
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Top Customer Reviews
Why did I buy this....Elite Dangerous is really difficult to play with keyboard and mouse and with the amount of controls you need to play a HOTAS solution seemed necessary.
Having decided to go with this I bought this from Madcatz and paid somewhat less then is offered on Amazon.
When it arrived it was in quite a big box...but then again it is a hefty piece of equipment. There are no CD's etc you need to download the software from the Saitek website...then you always have the most up to date drivers etc. Installation was so easy it was untrue...I'm running Windows 7...just installed the software, plugged in the controllers (2 USB ports required, one for the stick and the other for the throttle) and that was it.
It feels great, buttons and hats are withing easy reach of my fingers and control of the space ship in Elite just got a whole lot better. Re-configuring the buttons etc to meet my requirements took a bit of time but that's because there are so many of them.
I have no problems with anything so quality control was obviously good in my case so I would highly recommend it....the onlly competition would be the CH HOTAS Warthog but at an extra £100 plus this suits my purposes and wallet!
The base is about 8 inches square and it's a mostly empty box. The size of the base make for a very stable platform which does not slip on my desk.
There are buttons galore on this thing, 3 hat switches and 6 buttons. 5 of the buttons are in perfect positioning for my hand. This brings me to the rest...
The grey hat switch, is perfectly places for my thumb.
The lower left black hat switch (marked POV) is a small stretch of my thumb. Not much, but enough to notice that it's not under the thumb so I have to lift my hand off the baseplate to get to it.
The upper right hat switch (marked H1) is out of normal thumb position, so i have to raise my hand to get to it.
I'm mentioning this as after playing for a hours and using the hats, I do find that the joint between my thumb and hand does start to ache. It's worth considering if you have issues with your thumb.
The button on the front of the stick is in the most unhelpful place, but that means it's great for a safety catch or something.
The stick itself is very sturdy. There is a little play when the stick is centered. I find that it doesn't matter in use though. You can change the spring for different tensions, this I have not tried as I find that the spring that is already in place is perfect for my liking. It's fantastic that you have the option to change the tension.
This thing is insane.Read more ›
Its Plastic, So what ?
It feels right and does Not move around.
I am using it on X-Plane, FSX, DCS, and Elite Dangerous.
The many buttons and switches are well placed for the most part though a couple of switches on the throttle assembly are a bit hard to get to with throttles set midway, not a big deal though and the rest are very user friendly and fit to the hand. The Throttle resistance adjuster on my Rhino doesn't seem to work too well but I have managed to set it to my comfort zone after some work, ( I heard others have this problem ).
Using the lowest resistant spring on the stick makes for smooth moves though I didn't try the harder springs yet as I don't see the need, The hand heel rest on the stick assembly is a bit (Bigger) than I would like but ok, Everything else that you see on the stick assembly is well placed and works well in my case.
Previously I had used the Saitek X52 and the Fly 5,
Compared to the X52 this new Rhino feels "Solid" also not that the individual USB connection are a vast improvement on the X52 and the Pro X52,
I thought that Saitek would have completely revamped the software package to suit the Rhino but instead they just re worked the old software to make it look neat, bit of a let down there. but it does work. :)
The HOTAS is teeming with buttons, and the flick switches are excellent. Throttle is a bit stiffer than I'm used to, but it lightens up with use and I now like it a great deal. The joystick itself is really very nice, and has a great light feel and response. The multiple hat switches can be a bit awkward to get to (I have big hands thankfully), but they all work very nicely. The trigger on the joystick is the biggest plus for me, it's wide and easy to press.
Overall build quality is very good and I have no complaints there whatsoever.
I think this may be a HOTAS you either love or hate. Thankfully I love it, and it's £100 cheaper than the warthog so two thumbs up from me.
Tested in: Falcon BMS, DCS, Elite Dangerous, Cliffs of Dover, War Thunder. All work fine.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
had for a year noe. and its been great, it works well and i have had no problems with the hotas.
and for the price its perfect
I have had this Hotas for around six months now and have used it primarily for Elite Dangerous with some MS Flight Simulator as a side dish, very happy with the quality and the... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Perfect for a game like Elite: Dangerous, nearly all commands are confined on the two units making for a more realistic experience, couldn't be happier.Published 3 months ago by Luke Bancroft
Had to reinstall win7 to make drivers work. Reason for that might be hardlock drivers or software antipiracy protection apps. Device works perfectly. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
Love it, plenty of buttons, perfect for flights sims and space sims. I mainly use it on star citizen and i couldn't recommend it morePublished 4 months ago by brian lunnon
After using this extensively, i have only one question for myself; why did i not buy this sooner?
I have been a frequent Joystick user for a long time. Read more
This is hard for me to say.. i hate this stick ... well not really. i HATE the Saitek build quality
I have had 4 replacements of this stick due to poor quality. Read more
Shipping was fast, (private courier). So many buttons, if you're playing Elite Dangerous, I would definitely consider this product. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Matt Bellwood
I purchased this a year ago today, as of writing, and I wanted to love it, I really really wanted to love it. Read morePublished 5 months ago by J. Bond