Rated 4 out of 5 by 13
Rated 5 out of 5 by ChromeDawn Totally changed the game!
I read a lot of reviews on the various HOTAS systems and eventually decided on the X52 Pro as it had everything I needed without going overboard.
Previously I had a cheaper basic joystick which was so bad I went back to keyboard and mouse, but as I have pre-ordered the Vive I wanted a proper HOTAS so that I would be better able to control my games whilst in VR.
Even without the headset this HOTAS has totally changed the way I play Elite and Star Citizen. It took a little while to get use to it (about an hour), and the button placement definitely helped as they are very logically placed.
I don't like the two bumps you get on the throttle as you move it through the range, and I know that I could open it up and remove them, but I would prefer keeping my warranty intact.
Setup was a breeze, I was originally a little worried as many of the reviews stated they had problems, but I've not had a single issue at any time.
They are lighter than I expected, but the suction cups definitely keep them totally stable when in use. Thankfully I have a glass topped desk. If necessary they also have mounting holes for long screws so that you can screw them down onto a surface if you so choose.
21 April 2016
Rated 4 out of 5 by longy326 got flaws
ok this is a good stick and alot better than what other choices you have ,but but it has got a annoying flaw its the spring and second hotas button after use they go floppy and annoying especially the joy stick it would of been good if they would of copied the x55 joystick were has you can change springs easily and add different rated springs ,i may be being picky but i use on elite alot and the floppy spring is annoying to change its a strip down and to be honest i dont no if it will effect warranty so best to check with either scan or saitek before changing
29 January 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by insleys Accurate controls and great ergonomic - tailor made for Elite:Dangerous
The build quality is great and the layout of all the buttons is perfect for my hands. The adjustable hand-rest on the stick makes reaching for the hats etc, easy.
The throttle control is adjustable, but I like it pretty loose for quick throttle changes during dogfighting. It feels brilliant.
It does all move around if you don't use the suckers, and even then, it can move very occasionally if I get carried away, but it's really not a problem. It's stable.
Others' reviews that say the stick is a bit loose may have been unlucky. They 'play' in the stick is very minimal and doesn't detract from the usability. The spring is spot on for me.
25 May 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Millhouse First HOTAS
I bought this stick purely for Elite Dangerous and I am not disappointed!
This has enough buttons to make control easy and is easily programmable for additional more complex bindings
I can see why it would work for other Sims but for Elite it's the muts undercarriage!
13 April 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Graeme777 Works great
It's not cheap, but it's a quality thing. Works really well with Elite Dangerous. Buy it.
23 January 2015
Rated 1 out of 5 by Sera Wore out quicky
I often find Saitek devices to be solid, however my old X52 wore down very quickly. It may cost a little more, however I find the X-55 to be a superior stick, in both button layout and build quality.
11 January 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Danothom Excellent piece of kit
My first proper HOTAS and after much deliberating over the X52 Pro versus the X55 Rhino I was really glad I chose the former.
It has plenty of buttons and hats in the right locations and both the stick and throttle have a decent quality feel to them.
I haven't used the profile customizer software yet as I haven't needed to due to the HOTAS just working out of the box with all of the flight and space simulators I can get my hands on.
Works terrifically with Elite Dangerous and the level of immersion and control your gain is quite staggering compared to the 360 controller and/or mouse+keyboard I was using before.
Picked mine up for £140 and really satisfied with the purchase.
31 December 2014
Rated 3 out of 5 by Rafiki Good stick but many known problems remain unfixed
This feels and works great when it works. The throttle has detents near idle and max will only suit a small portion of games. You can remove them out of warranty. The suckers to fix the sticks may work on glass but are otherwise rubbish. The axes need careful deadzone adjustment as they aren't as straightforward as they should be for a premium stick. Worst of all, stick axes drift which can only be fixed by unplugging the DIN connector and replugging....in a dogfight. Hmmm.
The programming software is just awful. And the minimouse stick needs to be frequently re-deprogramed to stop mugging your windows session into unusability.
If you persevere you can end up with a great stick but I wish i'd lived with a few sticks before settling on this one.
26 December 2014