X52 Pro Flight Simulator Controller (PC)
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- 2 dedicated MFD buttons and 2 rotary dials with in-built buttons to control additional game functionality
- MFD displays data directly from games, including Radio Stack info from Microsoft Flight Simulator 2004 and Flight Simulator X
- Software Development Kit included for creating game-specific programs to interact with the MFD
- Choice of red, amber or green button illumination
- lluminated buttons and MFD - ideal for low light environments
- Throttle unit illumination varies depending on throttle position
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However, one of the major gripes I had with the X-52 was the very weak centering spring (a feature common to many Saitek and other manufacturer's devices). I had some money burning a hole in my pocket and I wanted to get a new HOTAS controller for my flight simulators. The TM Cougar was out of the question as I cannot use any gameport hardware and I didn't want the hassle needed to modify the Cougar to bring it up to scratch. I did a little research on the X-52 Pro and decided to give it a shot.
So, as someone who has already owned the X-52, what do you get for your money? On first inspection Saitek have replaced the brushed aluminium fascias with gun metal coloured ones, and most of the hat switches and slider controls have been given a makeover. The result is something that looks a little more business like than the X-52. On closer inspection the rather useless and gimicky LCD display of the X-52's throttle unit has been upgraded and can now be used to actually show some useful information. However, I still think it's a little pointless and is a novelty more than anything else. The real changes, at least the ones that are more important to a flight sim enthusiast like myself are less evident. First of all Saitek have put two centering springs on the stick, one sitting inside the other. The result is a stick that is noticeably stronger sprung than the X-52, much better for flight sims! The other difference is inside the stick where Saitek have used twice as many position sensors as the old X-52 to give even better precision.Read more ›
Having said this, the X52Pro has a few problems that need dealing with when you buy the stick. For some users who owned the original X52, the current profile editor may not work, although in most cases it should. In order to maximize the SST software to it's full potential, the drivers must be updated from the saitek website. Also, don't get too excited when it says you can change the colour of the LEDs, you have to download the driver first. You can access all these updates through the "Downloads + Manuals" tab on saitek's website. Select "Drivers and Software" and find the links relevant to the X52 pro.
One other common problem with the stick is that sometimes it can be assembled too tight and end up wearing down the cup at the base of the stick. Other problems may include unusual clicking sounds and faulty buttons, but this is quite uncommon and if this were to occur, it is possible to send it back to Saitek to have it repaired free of charge and their staff are very friendly. Mine was faulty and I sent it back and they gave me a replacement within a few days.
Overall this product is well worth buying, but only buy it if you are really into flight simulator because it is quite an investment and you should be prepared for the worst in case anything happens.
But now, Elite 4 is in alpha, going beta soon. Going live Q2ish. A generation of men just cried out. And then moved along whilst slightly apologising for their gleeful outburst, before buying this bit of kit.
Basically, the X52 Pro is just right for the guy who wants to have fun in Elite without having a serious explanation with the wife over cost. It's smooth enough to make you the original Commander Jameson when facing the new Tharglets of the online world. If you have the money to spunk up for one, you won't be disappointed.
But saying this, I got it £50 cheaper elsewhere online than here. This is a product review not an amazon one. Expect prices to raise soon imo - just check ebay.
Whilst it is being replaced by the newer X55 Rhino, the single throttle & stick HOTAS X52pro still packs a great punch and if you are upgrading from a non throttle stick, should definitely be on your list of contenders if you can still find stock.
Plenty of buttons & hats
Reasonable stick accuracy with a light travel mechanism (stiffer as you reach extremities).
Twist stick for YAW
Sucker pads for sticking to desk
Not as accurate as more expensive sticks
When I first owned the stick it wa great, having come from the Saitek Fly5, the much smoother and less heavy stick movement made the world of difference in the Elite Dangerous Alpha build I was playing. All the HAT & Switch options meant that I could virtually ignore the keyboard and mouse.
Alas the dual stage trigger failed on me after 3 months and it started inheriting bad deadzones in the Lateral axis.
After contacting MadCatz (who asked me to deal with Amazon directly) I returned the stick and alas as there were no replacement units available, I received a full refund.
Loved the stick and probably would have been happy with a direct replacement, but quality issues are very much worth noting. I have since upgraded to the ThrustMaster Warthog.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
If you play Elite Dangerous then buy this stick and throttle.
I use it with my Oculus Rift and the immersion is amazing. Read more
It's a good stick but the quality control at Saitek is shocking. Google for it, you will find lot of stories of returns. Read morePublished 1 month ago by M-P MCINTOSH
First time I sat down to play with this thing on Star Citizen (I didn't end up playing the game because I took way too long to set up the controls before realising that the game... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Freelancer95
brilliant, so glad I decided to invest in HOTAS. Well built, solid, noise free and makes Elite Dangerous so much better.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer