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XyZspineZyX
07-21-2003, 08:49 PM
Hi all,

My old Thrustmaster F-22 Pro and TQS have broken down, and I'm now in the market for a new set of gear to be ready for the FB patch.

I'm a hardcore simmer, so I'm trying to decide between the CH products (stick, throttle, rudder) or the Cougar system. I think I have a good sense of what the Cougar is like, since it's apparently a more robust version of what I already have. But I've never used the CH stuff before and would like to try it out before buying.

Does anyone know where I can find CH gear for demonstration? I stopped by my local CompUSA here in the Bay Area (California), but no luck.

Thanks!

Chris

XyZspineZyX
07-21-2003, 08:49 PM
Hi all,

My old Thrustmaster F-22 Pro and TQS have broken down, and I'm now in the market for a new set of gear to be ready for the FB patch.

I'm a hardcore simmer, so I'm trying to decide between the CH products (stick, throttle, rudder) or the Cougar system. I think I have a good sense of what the Cougar is like, since it's apparently a more robust version of what I already have. But I've never used the CH stuff before and would like to try it out before buying.

Does anyone know where I can find CH gear for demonstration? I stopped by my local CompUSA here in the Bay Area (California), but no luck.

Thanks!

Chris

XyZspineZyX
07-22-2003, 05:39 AM
(BUMP) Please? ;>

XyZspineZyX
07-22-2003, 06:20 AM
I am not aware of any place that you can demo the set up.
All I can tell you is that for Fb you cant beat the CH gear out of the box.
The stick has a lite feel to it vs the stiff responses from the cougar. Easy to program and understand, I love mine.

XyZspineZyX
07-22-2003, 06:32 AM
There are a lot people around complaining abotu the Cougar's probs, having to spend more money on new gimballs and stuff... well I know nothing of that, but it certainly shouldnt be happening.

However, ask any CH user here, most of them own the stick for years without probs and are happy with it. I'm also looking forward to get one, as soon as any friend travels to the USA.

go for it, you won't regret



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XyZspineZyX
07-22-2003, 07:33 AM
I've been using the CH Fighterstick USB and CH Pro Pedals USB for a while...they are excellent hardware and very precise. The control manager software is tops too. The spring action on the stick is relatively loose, however, the movements are very nice especially after getting used to it. It is not stiff like alot of other sticks. The pedals are great too! I opted not to get a Pro Throttle as the Fighterstick has a precise throttle wheel on it and I've got most all of the buttons I need programmed on the 2 pieces in FB. I am very satisfied with CH products!

mucker



Message Edited on 07/22/0306:44AM by mucker

XyZspineZyX
07-22-2003, 08:05 AM
The Bestbuy store(chain store) has many joysticks that you can put you hands on.They are not hooked to any machine but you can still get a good feel.

Last time I was there I was able to check out the Saitek x45,the Cyborg gold and a few others.

XyZspineZyX
07-22-2003, 08:21 AM
Thanks to all who've replied! The CH gear is certainly getting some good testimonials here.

Is there any reason why I would pick Cougar over CH? I've also heard the vague rumors about having to replace gimbals or pots and frankly, that is a definite turnoff for a ~$300 set of gear.

Could any Cougar owners describe why it's worth the trouble if the CH gear is getting so many good reviews?


Chris

XyZspineZyX
07-22-2003, 08:49 AM
I had two Cougars. Now I have a CH setup. Nuff said?

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XyZspineZyX
07-22-2003, 09:54 AM
Expensive, but very worth it. I never touch the keyboard anymore. The Control Manager software is the tops. Easy to learn and use. The Stick, throttle and pedals are smooth as silk. The best investment I ever made. /i/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif

Tully__
07-22-2003, 10:37 AM
The only comments I've ever seen against CH gear have all been down to personal preference. I dont' recall ever seeing something that related to actual hardware deficiencies.

Having said that, I haven't ever tried CH myself.

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XyZspineZyX
07-23-2003, 11:39 PM
Unfortunately, no one seems to carry CH stuff in their brick and mortar stores anymore. So really, the only way to try them out is to find a friend or someone who has them. Perhaps if you live near their factory in California, you could go there and take a look. /i/smilies/16x16_smiley-happy.gif (I'm only partly joking, as there was a recent thread where someone mentioned he went to the factory to exchange a defective part and got really good service there.)

A good place to get CH stuff is buy.com. Very good prices, reasonable shipping rates, and a good RMA/exchange policy.

Like Tully said, the only negatives for CH gear tend to be personal preference things. Stuff like spring tension, and size. (For example, you need to have a fairly large hand to reach the top hat switch on the CombatStick and FighterStick easily.)

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XyZspineZyX
07-23-2003, 11:52 PM
Here's where I get my CH stuff. If you don't like it. They will give you your money back. You don't have to exchange it for something else.

http://www.flightsimcentral.com/

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XyZspineZyX
07-24-2003, 01:35 AM
I owned a Cougar for 6 months and hated the thing...... The stock Cougar without mods etc is a nightmare IMHO; It will ruin your deflection shooting in FB and make flying "on the edge" virtually impossible.

Suddenly my circuit board blew and it was a good excuse to get the CH products Combatstick and throttle. In one word they are superb.

It was an expensive ride with the Cougar and one that I still regret to this day.

BobCat