View Full Version : HOTAS Setup (A cry for Help)

05-09-2005, 03:28 AM
My 4.5 year old, Microsoft Sidewinder Precision 2, my companion through thousands of flights and dozens of victories has officially made its last take off. It has lasted me through years of X-Wing vs TIE Fighter and IL2, 12 months of CFS 2 and 2 weeks of CFS 3 http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_mad.gif . It has gone to meet it maker and will hopefully punch Cousin Bill in the nose when it gets there http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif.

So, I need something to replace it http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif
Time to break out the credit cards.

What I am looking for is a decent HOTAS set-up without going all the way and getting rudder pedals. This probably means I need a 'good' twisty stick.

I would also dearly love to be able to reduce the amount of time I have to spend groping around on the keyboard to get the most of of CEM.

My specifications are this; a solid, reliable joystick with a twist rudder. At least one 8-way hat, 4 'main buttons' and hopefully a similar amount of 'secondaries'.

Similarly, a decent reliable thottle with preferable two rotaries, another hat switch and 2-4 other buttons.

Budget-wise I would like to keep things to within $200 US.

As far as I can see, Saitek and CH seem to have the market cornered. I have heard bad things recently about the 'rocker' rudder on the X-45 so I think that puts it out of the running. That essentailly leaves the X-52 or CH products. Am I forgetting anything?

Is there anyone out there that has used both and could point me in the right direction? Do CH actually make a 'twisty' or will I need to look at rudder pedals if I go that route?

05-09-2005, 04:04 AM
X-52 may work best for you as it fits your budget nicely, it's also a Hotas so you wont need the keyboard much plus it has a twist stick.

05-09-2005, 04:05 AM
hey IMP.

CH does not make a twisty. if your going to go CH route, do the whole shebang, and get the throttle, stick, and rudder pedals. (300+ bones in U.S. dollars) if you do go CH DO NOT go to thier website. they are the most expensive retailer to get them from believe it or not.

SAITEK on the other hand is not a bad direction to go for SHORTER term usage, and lots of bang for the buck, either the X45 OR,X52..but it wont last your YEARS N YEARS. the X series i cant realistically see more than a total of 2-3 years usage from ( this from my 3 X45's ive dealt with, about 1 per year)..but i have heard the X52 in HIGHER numbers is quite reliable so far..