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jmk396
04-06-2005, 02:07 PM
I've had my Microsoft Sidewinder Precision Pro 2 joystick for quite a few years and it's beginning to show it's age. It still works good, but I keep seeing HOTAS joysticks and they are making me quite jealous...

So... I'm wondering what is the best HOTAS (for a reasonable amount of money) and if I should just stick to my old joystick (I don't plan flight simulators a lot now, but I plan to buy a Track IR 3 [check the thread about that here (http://forums.ubi.com/eve/forums?a=tpc&s=400102&f=23110283&m=5311079403)])

Thanks in advance for any suggestions!

Bearcat99
04-06-2005, 04:01 PM
As far as bang for buck goes this X-45 (http://store.yahoo.com/saitekusa/recprod.html) deal right here cant be beat. Full retail they go for $79.


The X-52 http://store1.yimg.com/I/saitekusa_1836_1815869 (http://store.yahoo.com/saitekusa/x52flcosy.html) is another option. I hear the CH (http://www.provantage.com/buy-110CHPU-ch-shopping.htm) stuff is very good.. but you would have to buy each piece seperately. I have thier pedals and I love them. I hear Cougar is good but IMO overpriced considering that you may have to replace pots and switches in a year like a squadmate of mine.... The X-45 is a good HOTAS for the money in the above link.. especially if you plan to get rudder pedals.

Tully__
04-07-2005, 03:18 AM
In best buy for the dollar terms, http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/351.gif

If you simply want the best, I'd suggest CH Products Fighterstick USB, Pro Throttle USB and Pro Pedals USB.

An alternative would be the Simped USB pedals with either the CH Fighterstick & Pro Throttle or with the Thrustmaster HOTAS Cougar.

WOLFMondo
04-07-2005, 05:27 AM
As recently mentioned in other threads. I've had two X52's and both needed to be sent back due to different reasons. I've now gone for a CH stick and pedals.

X52 throttle is really nice but the quality of the stick is dubious. Check out there official forums before buying because they have allot of issues with quality.

TgD Thunderbolt56
04-07-2005, 08:54 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Tully__:
In best buy for the dollar terms, http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/351.gif

If you simply want the best, I'd suggest CH Products Fighterstick USB, Pro Throttle USB and Pro Pedals USB.

An alternative would be the Simped USB pedals with either the CH Fighterstick & Pro Throttle or with the Thrustmaster HOTAS Cougar. <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>


What he said. There are cheaper sticks that can be effectively used in this sim. If you want the best (and dole out about $350 clams) then CH is THE way to go.

TB

JG7_SITH
04-07-2005, 09:12 AM
X-45 , no FF ?

horseback
04-07-2005, 11:35 AM
I seem to recall paying about $35 US for my Sidewinder, lo these many years ago...

I replaced it with CH products gear, starting with the Pro Pedals in combination with the Sidewinder about 2 years ago. A small cash windfall (a company trip to Japan resulted in a monetary exchange 'profit' on an excess baggage charge paid in yen...) shortly after led to an an immediate upgrade to a Combatstick and Pro Throttle.

My total expenditure on CH products was less than $320 (I shop around, even with windfalls), and my cost per hour of use has been steadily dropping ever since. The software is quite flexible, and the quality of the hardware unexcelled in my experience.

I've never owned anything-houses, cars, guns, tools, stereo equipment, furniture, whatever-as well made and reliable as these three controllers. I consider them well worth the price, and as I said, the cost per hour of use is constantly going down.

cheers

horseback

Bearcat99
04-07-2005, 11:59 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by JG7_SITH:
X-45 , no FF ? <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>
No FFB.... However I use my X-45 in conjunction with a MSFFB2.. so I do have a great HOTAS and FFB.