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Old 10-02-2019, 05:01 PM   #1
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Default Throttle/Stick Recommendations?

I know the best setup is the HOTAS Warthog set. But for now, I need something less expensive. Any suggestions? There are several options out there but it's hard to determine if the ratings are accurate. So I am coming to you folks with experience. Thanks!
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Old 10-02-2019, 05:26 PM   #2
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I like the CH stuff . Lots of high-quality switches , and their stuff tends to last forever . The programming software is now poorly supported , but if you bind in DCS controls menu , as i do , that's a non-issue .
Less-expensive yet is the Thrustmaster T1600 . I have little experience with these , but those that do seem to like them . Hall-effect sensors for the axes (very nice) , and a twist-grip for the rudder as well . Biggest downside is fewer hotas switches .
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Old 10-02-2019, 06:12 PM   #3
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Good info! Thanks Svsmokey! I've been checking out the Logitech X52 and X56 also.They look to be the plastic version of the Warthog set.
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Old 10-03-2019, 01:56 AM   #4
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I had an X52 Pro . I will never buy Saitek again .
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Old 10-03-2019, 08:19 AM   #5
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Saitek sucks, whatever I bought from them never lasted, always failed and jammed, terrible sw support.

I hope Logitech fixes all that as their stuff is usually pretty good.
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I like the CH stuff . Lots of high-quality switches , and their stuff tends to last forever . The programming software is now poorly supported , but if you bind in DCS controls menu , as i do , that's a non-issue .
Less-expensive yet is the Thrustmaster T1600 . I have little experience with these , but those that do seem to like them . Hall-effect sensors for the axes (very nice) , and a twist-grip for the rudder as well . Biggest downside is fewer hotas switches .
Consider looking at joytokey. I've been a long term user of CH sticks/throttles and switched to this once the CH software became too buggy/unreliable and haven't looked back if i'm honest.

Agree with others that the Saitek stuff is very hit and miss and you're probably better spending a bit more for something that'll last.
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Old 10-09-2019, 01:16 PM   #7
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Thrustmaster T16000 deserves a look. Joystick is very accurate, has the same innards as the warthog. Throttle works well with the F18, has all the right buttons and the mini-joystick is nice. It has some downsides. Wish the stick had another hat switch, you can make it work with a function button. The twist z-axis breaks (no problem if you get the pedals). You need to lube the throttle. People don't like the pedals much but they are good enough for jets. But, it's hard to beat for the price.
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Old 10-10-2019, 01:33 AM   #8
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So the X52, X52 Pro, or X56 are trash? Ive looked at the T16000, but I don't really like the throttle - I like the realism of the rocking throttle better.
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Old 10-10-2019, 06:48 PM   #9
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The best setup out there is Virpil. Ive had my warthog since day 1 and only had to replace the stick once...had to replace a few toggle switches here and there, and modded the throttle. BUT my virpil is very precise and I love it. I just dont like the plastic feel of the joystick; it doesnt feel like it has any meat behind it. Kinda pricey though.
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Old 10-10-2019, 07:39 PM   #10
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Yeah, Virpil is pricey.

The more and more I read up on the T16000m, I think that might be the way to go until I'm ready for the full Warthog set up. PLENTY of buttons to map in cockpit!
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