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Jasko76
05-12-2004, 03:58 AM
Hi, everyone, been a while since I was here.

Anyway, I've had enough of my Logitech POS joystick. Broken after only 4 months - quality product, right? I've decided to go for an X-45 and it's actually cheaper than I thought.

Before I buy it though, I'd like to know how big it is - I mean, I don't have a lot of space and X-45 seems to be massive. Plus it has a separate throttle. Is it practical? Ergonomical? What about quality and durability?

Thanks!


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Jasko76
05-12-2004, 03:58 AM
Hi, everyone, been a while since I was here.

Anyway, I've had enough of my Logitech POS joystick. Broken after only 4 months - quality product, right? I've decided to go for an X-45 and it's actually cheaper than I thought.

Before I buy it though, I'd like to know how big it is - I mean, I don't have a lot of space and X-45 seems to be massive. Plus it has a separate throttle. Is it practical? Ergonomical? What about quality and durability?

Thanks!


Regards,

Jasko
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F19_Orheim
05-12-2004, 04:41 AM
Hi Rajvosa


Hope u had e great wedding and a terrific honeymoon.

I , as you, had a Logitech, and it broke after 5 months. I am quite "aggressive" handelling the JS so I figured I needed a SOLID rough JS. Bought the X45.

yes it takes room, but less than I thought. The only downside is the rudder rocker, but I think I am getting the hang of it sooon, it is quite different from before.. Also it is quite "stiff" in the beginning, but it will lighten up. Be sure to fly worse than before.. in the beginning...
I am now very happy with it.

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Tully__
05-12-2004, 04:50 AM
I like mine.

The throttle and joystick each have a base about 7 inches square. The leads are plenty long enough if you like to put your stick out of the way without unplugging when you do other stuff on the PC.

Reliability is good for most, though a few have had broken switches. Overall most seem to be satisfied or ecstatic with the X-45. It is very good value for money.

When you install it, make sure you get the correct driver version (check Saitek's site) and install it in advanced mode or half the features wont be available.

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trumper
05-12-2004, 09:38 AM
http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gifI have had mine about a week,it takes some getting used to,i would recommend getting some rudder pedals,i bought these http://www.ebuyer.com/customer/products/index.html?action=c2hvd19wcm9kdWN0X292ZXJ2aWV3&product_uid=43352,
they are a great help with the x 45 http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

lil_labbit
05-12-2004, 09:47 AM
I got the throttle placed beside me on a chair http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif works great. Too loosen the stick up, use a piece of thread or tie-wrap and squeeze the spring on the bottom of the stick together. Also use a Natural (NOT MINERAL! that will damage the plastic) oil or some candle-wax on the bottom plate below the spring...

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El Turo
05-12-2004, 09:53 AM
The X45 is an ok stick, but it develops a lot of center slop and the hats wear out somewhere between 6-18 months depending on your use.

I would STRONGLY recommend that you buy it from someone like Best Buy or Circuit City that offer a 2 year in-house warranty so you can take it in for a new one in a year or so.

Also, you'll want to invest in some rudder pedals. The rocker arm is craap.

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Chuck_Older
05-12-2004, 10:28 AM
I love mine.

Before I had it, FB was very difficult to play. After I got it, I wasn't fumbling for the right keyboard button anymore, and I could just learn to fly FB's planes.

I initially disliked the rudder rocker, but since it was superior to the twist stick I had before, I stuck with it. After a week it became second nature and it's quite comfortable for me to use it now.

I take a rag and spray Pledge furniture polish onto it, then wipe down the area under the stick plate. Somebody suggested stick deodorant once but that seems kinda gross to me for some reason.. I Imagine a good automotice carnuba paste wax rubbed under there would work too. I'd use Mother's California Gold carnuba paste. Smells like bubble gum.

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Heavy_Weather
05-12-2004, 12:43 PM
you can get rudder pedals here also: http://www.provantage.com/buy-110chpu-ch-shopping.htm

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Bearcat99
05-12-2004, 06:06 PM
The 45 is the best HOTAS for the money. If you treat it like a precision instrument and dont yank it around iut will last you quite a while. I like mine.

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Lav69
05-12-2004, 06:14 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Chuck_Older:
I love mine.

Before I had it, FB was very difficult to play. After I got it, I wasn't fumbling for the right keyboard button anymore, and I could just learn to fly FB's planes.

I initially disliked the rudder rocker, but since it was superior to the twist stick I had before, I stuck with it. After a week it became second nature and it's quite comfortable for me to use it now.

I take a rag and spray Pledge furniture polish onto it, then wipe down the area under the stick plate. Somebody suggested stick deodorant once but that seems kinda gross to me for some reason.. I Imagine a good automotice carnuba paste wax rubbed under there would work too. I'd use Mother's California Gold carnuba paste. Smells like bubble gum.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

If you are talking about smoothing out the sticks jerkiness, use a simple candle or candle wax. Pull the stick to the left and right and rub the candle/wax under the black plate at bottom of stick. It will smooth the jerkiness right out and it is the safest way to lube stick.

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LC34
05-12-2004, 06:59 PM
I have a question about profiles with the stick. I just got mine and I enjoy it, read the manual about the profiles but Im still confused. Where do I put downloaded profiles?

Also, does it tell you in AEP what each button does once you have the profile installed? Like if you were to go to the "Controls" button?

Smoky_161st
05-12-2004, 09:48 PM
I have been using the x-45 for 3 years. Its awesome I have all my controls on it I dont use a key board. I have a 14inch tall speaker stand with the trottle is mounted on. The stick is on a small board that goes under my legs. The stick is really hard to use when its on the desktop.

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