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Xnomad
02-02-2004, 01:18 PM
I have a MS FFB 2, I've got TrackIR, I have my CH PRO USB rudder pedals and my next step is a seperate throttle.

I am leaning towards getting the Satiek X 45 just for the throttle as it's almost half the price of the CH throttle.

I like the idea that the X 45 throttle moves over an arch and not forward and backwards like the CH throttle. I also read that the CH one doesn't have detents on it.

There are two things that I would like to know about the Saitek

1. Are the detents on the Saitek any good? Is it possible to have a detent that prevents me from going over 100% throttle with out knowing it?

2.Is it possible to remove the stick from the Saitek combo, even if I have to open the stick or will it get too messy and technical?

Are there any users out there that have tried the X 45 throttle and the CH one that could tell me their preference or give me some advice?

Or is the CH Throttle the one to go with? I keep changing my mind every half an hour. Mainly because I don't want my desk cluttered with a joystick that I don't use just because I want the throttle.

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Xnomad
02-02-2004, 01:18 PM
I have a MS FFB 2, I've got TrackIR, I have my CH PRO USB rudder pedals and my next step is a seperate throttle.

I am leaning towards getting the Satiek X 45 just for the throttle as it's almost half the price of the CH throttle.

I like the idea that the X 45 throttle moves over an arch and not forward and backwards like the CH throttle. I also read that the CH one doesn't have detents on it.

There are two things that I would like to know about the Saitek

1. Are the detents on the Saitek any good? Is it possible to have a detent that prevents me from going over 100% throttle with out knowing it?

2.Is it possible to remove the stick from the Saitek combo, even if I have to open the stick or will it get too messy and technical?

Are there any users out there that have tried the X 45 throttle and the CH one that could tell me their preference or give me some advice?

Or is the CH Throttle the one to go with? I keep changing my mind every half an hour. Mainly because I don't want my desk cluttered with a joystick that I don't use just because I want the throttle.

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GoodKn1ght
02-02-2004, 01:21 PM
if you go with teh ch throttle, chances are you wont be replacing it anytime soon. very durable products. i cant say the same about the shaitek. personally i didnt fork out 100 for a throttle i bought a nostromo gamepad and it works just as good and i never have to touch the keyboard when i fly.

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bodaw
02-02-2004, 01:49 PM
Hi, I have a Saitek X36 which is over three years old. It was used when I bought it. It is still working like new. It's the best throttle I've ever used. Throlltes don't wear out as easily as the joysticks.

Yes the detent on Saitek helps alot. The detent is not right at the 100% mark but very close. Mine is around 98% or 99%.

Since you already have the rudder pedals, you can set the rockers switch on the throttle as flaps lever or something.

The throttle alone cannot function by itself. It must be plugged into the joystick. But in FB it's no big deal. Just select the proper joystick for the X,Y axis.

I set my rotaries on my throttle as trim and prop. pitch. Works great.

Xnomad
02-03-2004, 08:14 AM
Thanks guys, does anybody else want to have their say in this?

lbhskier37
02-03-2004, 08:37 AM
I cant even notice the detents on my X45http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_frown.gif Other than that I like it, but I think im going to upgrade to a full CH setup when I get a new job.

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pacettid
02-03-2004, 08:58 AM
CH products is the way to go, IMHO.

Zen--
02-03-2004, 09:01 AM
I use the nostromo n50 and now an N52 instead of a throttle...love it. Excellent hardware indeed, practical for all kinds of games.

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I have them both, any questions let me know.

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aerick2
02-03-2004, 09:03 AM
Yeah I never noticed detents on my '45 either. Now that you mention it, I can tell that there are in fact two of them, but they are VERY subtle.

Mike_Green
02-03-2004, 01:18 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by aerick2:
Yeah I never noticed detents on my '45 either. Now that you mention it, I can tell that there are in fact two of them, but they are VERY subtle.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

Changing the friction setting on the throttle (screw on the base) may make the detents more perceptible for you.

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Bearcat99
02-03-2004, 01:35 PM
There are no detents in he X45 throttle. However the MAJOR advantage of the X45 over the CH stick aside from price is, with the X45 you also get a button bay. You can use the X45 stick as a button bay for things like gear,lights,bailout,engine start,drop tanks and auto pilot. I have the MSFFB2/X45/CH USB Pedal set up and thats what I do. I discovered by accident that I could use he X45 stick. I have a profile on our squad site for that very set up. Feel free to DL it and try it shpould you get the X45. B16Enk has one also that is pretty nice. I have most flight functions from prop pitch to wingtip smoke programmed into my sticks. The only reason I have to touch my keyboard is if I want to watch a track or if I am flying a plane like say a 109, which I havent programmed the auto pitch key to yet..and that will change since now I have alot more time on my hands. I even have manual gear raise & lower on the X45 right hat switch alo g with tailwheel lock and auto gear... all on one hat. FB is a great sim for multiple sticks. I have my prop pitch on the throttle slider of the FFB stick.... rudder trim is the twist handle.. flaps are the rudder rocker of the X45... aileron & elevator trim are on the rotaries of the X45 throttle. I have several views on my sticks..the X45 mouse is what I use to look around with.... it is a great combo. See if you can get a refurbed X45 here http://store.yahoo.com/saitekusa/recprod.html for $40. Even at the full price of $80 the X45 is a great stick. I got mine almost a year ago on sale and have had no problems at all with it..plus the stick comes with a great warranty and though i havent had to use it yet, from what I hear Saitek is very good about honoring it with no ?? asked. You might want to wait untill the Add on is out. Very often when a new sim comes out that is a player (or hyped up as one) stick companies will put thier sticks on sale. I got my X45 about a month before FB came out for $49.
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