What Flight Stick would you recommend? - ED Forums


Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 10-09-2019, 08:03 PM   #1
Junior Member
Join Date: Mar 2015
Posts: 22
Default What Flight Stick would you recommend?

I'm looking to pay up to no more than $200 US. And will be mostly for the Viper. - Thanks!
seek is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-09-2019, 08:20 PM   #2
Senior Member
Join Date: Nov 2015
Posts: 1,037

I have and strongly recommend the Thrustmaster Warthog Flight Stick...it's practically an exact replica and very high quality. Right now, it's $250 on Amazon if you can stretch your budget a little higher.

There is the Logitech X56 for $226, but that is stick and throttle that can't be purchased separately unless found used on eBay. It has a great amount of buttons and hat switches though.

The Thrustmaster T16000 FCS is well within your budget, but doesn't have nearly enough buttons/hat switches.

CH Products Fighterstick is $120 and is a replica of the F-16 stick; however, it is a bit dated and uses older hardware/software. Many people love it though.
F-16C Fighting Falcon
Nevada Test and Training Range | Persian Gulf
i5 7600K 4.6GHz | 1080 Ti | 32GB 3200MHz | SSD | 27" 2560x1440p | TM WH Flight Stick, TWCS, TFRP | TIR5
=BJM= is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-09-2019, 08:29 PM   #3
Senior Member
Join Date: Jan 2016
Location: Ssn Diego, CA
Posts: 1,178

For under $200 --- No doubt you want the Logitech X-56.

As mentioned, it is a stick + throttle combo (2 separate units).. But be warned --- the throttle is a bit of a lottery in terms of longevity. Some have had it last for years. Others have had it die in a few. But I have not heard of any complaints of the stick itself. I myself had one for a few years till I upgraded.

I know this is an unpopular opinion, but I would skip the Thrustmaster Warthog unless you can buy one for $150 or so. It makes a convincing appearance of quality on the outside. And it feels really good in the hand. But it is no better than the X-56 at any rate. Maybe worse, in fact, if you are into precision flying (horrible stiction).

Full disclosure: I had the X-56 for a few years till the throttle died. Then went to the TM Warthog + 20cm Sahaj extension. Then went to the VKB Gunfighter II. The difference in precision between the X-56 and TM Warthog itself was non-existent. What DID make a HUGE difference was the extension. Then when I went to the VKB I realized what a precision controller really was.

Last edited by Bearfoot; 10-10-2019 at 07:13 PM.
Bearfoot is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 10-09-2019, 11:19 PM   #4
Lucky's Avatar
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Upstate NY, USA
Posts: 495

I just checked Amazon, the warthog stick and throttle is $373.00. The stick only is $299.00

Core i7-8700K@ 4.8Ghz, Corsair H115i CPU cooler
Coolermaster HAF 932, Asus ROG Maximus X Hero
Asus ROG Strix RTX 2080 OC 8GB DDR6
32GB Team T-Force Night Hawk DDR4 3200,
Corsair HX850i 850W PSU
1TB Samsung 860 EVO SSD
500GB Samsung 840EVO SSD
128GB OCZ Vertex 4 SSD
TIR5 With Trackclip Pro
TM Warthog grip with Realsimulator FSSB R3 Lighting
TM F/A-18C grip with Virpil T50 CM2 base
MFG Crosswinds
Oculus Rift S
Win 10 x64
Lucky is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-09-2019, 11:47 PM   #5
Junior Member
Join Date: Mar 2015
Posts: 22

Thanks pilots!
seek is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-10-2019, 07:05 PM   #6
Junior Member
Join Date: May 2011
Location: California
Posts: 71

If you are going to be in it for the long haul, spend the money and get a Virpil base--smooth as butter--and a stick grip of your liking. I realize it is out of a lot of our means, but if you CAN afford it, you will not be sorry.

I just got the Virpil warbird base and TM Hornet stick grip in the last month or so which ended up costing me ~$500, but I believe it will be MORE than worth it.

Add the TM TWCS throttle for ~$90 and I'm stoked as it has enough buttons on it for what I believe I need... Bit of stiction on the throttle, but I loosened it almost all the way up and that solved most issues. I usually run it back and forth a few times before a flight to get it "loosened up", though.

This ain't a cheap hobby, as I am sure you are WELL aware of!!!
Intel Core i7-6700@3.4GHz
EVGA GeForce GTX 1070 8GB
TM TFRP Rudder Pedals
TM TWCS Throttle
Virpil VPCWarBRD Base
TM F/A-18C Hornet Grip
jeffham222 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-10-2019, 07:25 PM   #7
Junior Member
Join Date: Mar 2014
Posts: 21

I have to agree about the Virpil. I’ve had most of the joysticks on the market and recently bit the bullet and bought a Virpil. Now I know how a joystick is suppose to feel. I can finally land my Huey consistently and realize why I was always frustrated before. As for the X55/56, I actually love the throttle. I guess I was lucky, it has lasted for years. The stick on the other hand was never precise and made it difficult to do any precision runs. It was fine for Elite Dangerous but felt crappy in DCS.
Nightstalker is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-11-2019, 12:42 PM   #8
Sokol1_br's Avatar
Join Date: Apr 2007
Posts: 3,702
Send a message via MSN to Sokol1_br

For $200 - staying away from Saitek QC quirks, an "HOTAS":

Gladiator Mk.II ~$85 (PRO: contacless sensor in X,Y and twist axes - CON: limited buttons on grip)
Thrustmaster TWCS throttle ~$ 80 (PRO: analog mini-stick - CON(?): single engine throttle)

Stick only

Gladiator Mk.II ~$85 + SCG grip upgrade $100 = $ 185 - Nothing better for this price.

Last edited by Sokol1_br; 10-11-2019 at 12:47 PM.
Sokol1_br is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-11-2019, 02:41 PM   #9
Join Date: Aug 2018
Posts: 249

Is there a way to get a Virpil base with the Warthog grip?
Wouldn't hit the buget, just curious since so many people talk about it.
A2597 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-11-2019, 05:03 PM   #10
Join Date: Jan 2008
Posts: 370

Save your money until you can afford the virpil. I use the virpil t50 base with the TM F18 grip. It's fantastic
chief is offline   Reply With Quote

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

All times are GMT. The time now is 02:04 AM. vBulletin Skin by ForumMonkeys. Powered by vBulletin®.
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.