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Space_Hippy
07-29-2004, 03:14 PM
Hi All,

Just wondering where the best place (pricewise) in the uk to purchase a Saitek X45 from? preferably in or around berkshire/hampshire or mail order.

Any ideas??

Cheers

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Space_Hippy
07-29-2004, 03:14 PM
Hi All,

Just wondering where the best place (pricewise) in the uk to purchase a Saitek X45 from? preferably in or around berkshire/hampshire or mail order.

Any ideas??

Cheers

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razo42
07-29-2004, 03:32 PM
I'm going to receive my one tomorrow from pcworld.co.uk - it was 58 + 10 postage. This was the cheapest one I could find in the UK (although I saw one on ebay today).

Space_Hippy
07-30-2004, 04:56 AM
Thats what I have found too! not too sure if I should buy or wait a while longer....mmmmm...... http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/16x16_smiley-mad.gif decisions!

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dieg777
07-30-2004, 05:06 AM
Siatek are releasing an update in a few months -might be worth while hanging off to see if the price on x-45s drop then

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B16Enk
07-30-2004, 05:38 AM
What are you currently using?

Twist rudder?

Whilst the price on the X45 may drop as dieg suggests, you may also find the X45 does a passable imitation of hens teeth!

Had mine for about a year now, use it with a MSFFB2 and CH Pro USB pedals, and it is worth having - NOW! http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

JG301_nils
07-30-2004, 06:33 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Space_Hippy:
Hi All,

Just wondering where the best place (pricewise) in the uk to purchase a Saitek X45 from? preferably in or around berkshire/hampshire or mail order.

Any ideas??
<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

Hippy, just be advised, if your switching from a twist rudder stick to X-45, it´s quite a different rig all together. I switched from an old MSFF to X-45 a month ago. First reaction was that the return to center spring was too stiff, I felt I was throwing the stickbase all over the place (it felt too light, and kinda "plastic").
Eventually I cut off a bit of the spring to make it feel smoother. It helped.
The second thing, was getting used to work both hands individually, that really took me some training to do. And to make things harder for me http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/16x16_smiley-tongue.gif I also bought me a TIR unit at the same time.
I must admit, I was really dissapointed at first. It´s a bit better now, but still the old FF sits there on my desk, ........ waiting, hehe
Think I paid about 80 euros for it from SimWare then, I see it´s a bit more now.

razo42
07-30-2004, 06:45 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by JG301_nils:

The second thing, was getting used to work both hands individually, that really took me some training to do.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

That's when double-hand tapping on the bass pays off. http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_razz.gif

oisink
07-30-2004, 07:07 AM
I ordered one from simply.co.uk last week for only about 57 of your english pounds, its not in stock yet though http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_frown.gif

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razo42
07-30-2004, 07:19 AM
I've jsut checked: it seems that pcworld is out of stock too... I wonder if I got the last one.

(Evening delivery, hmmm.)

Arm_slinger
07-30-2004, 07:26 AM
www.dabs.com (http://www.dabs.com) do one, it will take a bit of looking (its in the hardwear section of the site) Its around 60 pounds now it think

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razo42
07-30-2004, 07:33 AM
http://www.dabs.com/uk/Search2/Product+Details.htm?quicklinx=2BYF&searchphrase=saitek

14 in stock...

Space_Hippy
07-30-2004, 09:52 AM
Thanks for all the replies, I currently use the Logitech Wingman Force 3D which is serving me quite well for the time being, so me thinks I'll hold off for a while until this breaks or a good deal comes along on the X45! http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

Thanks Again All

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IV|JG51Flatspin
07-30-2004, 10:16 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by razo42:
I'm going to receive my one tomorrow from pcworld.co.uk - it was 58 + 10 postage.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

Good Lord! There's got to be a cheaper one out there, unless it's because it's going over the pond...saw one the other day off the shelf for $70 US. You're looking a twice that http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/blink.gif

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razo42
07-30-2004, 10:35 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by IV|JG51Flatspin:
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by razo42:
I'm going to receive my one tomorrow from pcworld.co.uk - it was 58 + 10 postage.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

Good Lord! There's got to be a cheaper one out there, unless it's because it's going over the pond...saw one the other day off the shelf for $70 US. You're looking a twice that http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/blink.gif

IV/JG51_Fl@spin

http://www.jg51.net<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

Just compare any two US and UK price. Good morning, welcome to the real world! (My main grief is about instruments though - the gap between US & Yurop prices are incredible.)

ThanasisK
07-30-2004, 11:39 AM
Got mine from gamespot. Not sure if the cheapest price but fast delivery counted more for me

Mysticpuma2003
07-30-2004, 12:57 PM
Can I just make a small suggestion before you spend your money. Go into a PC World whichever is nearest to you. They usually have a demo one on a shelf for you to have a go with. I tried one and immediatly decided that Saitek wouldn't be getting my money. This was after I had originally read so many good things about them that I had made my mind up to buy one. I will state that it really is an "each to their own" situation but, I'm 6'3" and have big hands. The front of the x45 joystick has a hand grip enclosure and I could not easily fit my hand through without constantly having my little finger resting against, pulling and knocking the trigger button at the base of the grip enclosure. I think that this has to be one of the worst placed buttons ever on a joystick. If it hadn't been for that, I would quite willingly have worked on learning how to use the rudder instead of a twist handle on my Cyborg gold joystick. For this reason alone I would strongly urge you to test one before you buy. You, however may love it, I just couldn't get on with it. Please take my advice, cheers, Neil.

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GT182
07-30-2004, 01:06 PM
Mysticpuma2003, see if anyone near you has a Cougar HOTAS and give it a try. I'm sure you'd like it way better than an X45, especially having big hands. But, you do need a set of rudder pedals to go with a Cougar. CH Pros work fine. http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/16x16_smiley-wink.gif

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egypt23
07-30-2004, 05:30 PM
duude!!!!!

add the price of a COUGAR and CH pedals!!!!

aaahhhhh BIG BICKIES

if only we were so reeech

the 45 does a reasonable job and its easy to
remove the offending "pinkie switch" cover with a screwdriver

and the spring cut works

at least for a smallish price (compared to COUGARS and CH prods)

you get all those away from keyboard buttons

i use a "logitech strike 3d ffb stick"(twin hat) with my X45(never have to go near a k/b rolling:

thrustmaster still puts out a good "triple "(stick, throttle and pedals)for about the same price as a set of CH pedals ,worthwhile searching for(not officially on there website but they are out there)


cheers

razo42
07-30-2004, 05:38 PM
I got my X45!

The rudder control takes some time to get used to, it is quite sensitive. I will also have to spend some serious amount of time figuring out which button should do what. http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif Helluva lot buttons!

LuftLuver
07-30-2004, 05:44 PM
Buy a replacement warranty. Buy a replacement warranty. Buy a replacement warranty.

The question is not if the buttons will break, but when they will break. Great stick, cruddy buttons/switches.

Use the supplied suction cups to anchor to your desk or even better, strong two sided tape.

Flip the throttle over and loosen the tension screw. The throttle will ease back and forth like a dream then.

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GT182
07-30-2004, 06:01 PM
http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_eek.gif LuftLuver, use velcro not the 2way tape. http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/16x16_smiley-wink.gif

Egypt23, you'd be surprised on what you could buy a Cougar And CH Pros for on the internet. Some don't like them, need the money or are retiring from flying: so you can sometimes buy them at a very reasonable price. Besides, the Cougar is one tuff setup and won't break like the others do.

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LuftLuver
07-31-2004, 03:20 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by GT182:
http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_eek.gif LuftLuver, use velcro not the 2way tape. http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/16x16_smiley-wink.gif

Egypt23, you'd be surprised on what you could buy a Cougar And CH Pros for on the internet. Some don't like them, need the money or are retiring from flying: so you can sometimes buy them at a very reasonable price. Besides, the Cougar is one tuff setup and won't break like the others do.

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Oops, yes you are so right. I have a dedicated FB PC so the controls are mounted permanently. Yes, velcro sounds like a very good idea for those who actually do work with their PC. http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/35.gif

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Taylortony
07-31-2004, 06:24 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by GT182:
Mysticpuma2003, see if anyone near you has a Cougar HOTAS and give it a try. I'm sure you'd like it way better than an X45, especially having big hands. But, you do need a set of rudder pedals to go with a Cougar. CH Pros work fine. http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/16x16_smiley-wink.gif

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Funny have both, never use the cougar or the elite pedals, they just gather dust, bought en for lock on and that dont get used either.i went back to my x45 after about a day

GT182
07-31-2004, 11:30 AM
Tony, would you concider selling the Cougar and rudder pedals or just the Elites by them selves? If so email me at GaryTurk182@cs.com

I have a homemade stand for my Cougar and the stick and throttle are mounted to the pads with velco. Makes is easier to take down and move if it travels with me.

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mcTOPGUNs
07-31-2004, 02:58 PM
I dont know if any of you read the thread that was posted yesterday (http://forums.ubi.com/eve/forums?a=tpc&s=400102&f=23110283&m=175109675)

But for just 20 pound more (or 12 pound more if you ordered from pcworld) on dabs they just put up the X-52 (out in September/October '04). So I think you guys should have maybe waited 1month or 2 and the prices would have either dropped on the X-45 by the time its out or your willing to pay 12. Just I think you guys just are a bit unlucky http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_wink.gif But maybe your not! Who knows.

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steel_blue_eagle
07-31-2004, 04:26 PM
The point of the pinkie trigger is to use it as a Shift button. If you don't like that you can use it as cannon and it is quicker to reach than the other buttons on top.