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– May 23, 2023
Good system, potentially hindered by software support
– June 9, 2023
A good hotas with nice features but a few quality issues that caused frustration
Actual control feel and function while in games is very good
Well built overall
material quality mostly good
Many buttons and two hats
button lights intensity and color adjustable
software and manuals available online
the flight stick handle is just a block toward the bottom and not conforming or comfortable for long play sessions
(For context, my hand is about 8″ from base of palm to top of middle finger) for me the stick is just a bit too big for the palm but still usable.
The included interconnect cable was intermittently faulty and caused much frustration when I initially received the unit. Luckily I was able to troubleshoot and replace it while waiting on the return replacement to arrive, but it demonstrates how the failure of a relatively inexpensive part could result in an otherwise good unit being returned.
– July 14, 2023
Ah yes, the Saitek acquisition did quite a number of good things for Logitech. But, the large push was that it gave Logitech the largest push into gaming peripherals that I’d seen in my lifetime.
So, where did we go so wrong that we must take Saitek’s tried and tested design, and give it so many flaws that it’s not unusable… but agitating.
Let me explain; I bought the HOTAS system with the express intention of using it for Elite: Dangerous. There were already profiles for key mapping in the game, and I wanted a device to last, especially knowing that Logitech has been a household name forever.
When I first got to using the stick, it was moderately responsive, and functioned exactly as intended, however after about 3 weeks there was something off about the throttle. The throttle’s X and Y rotation wheels started to detect movement, even when the wheels weren’t being touched.
Fine, a minor grievance, increase the deadzone and get on with it. Then, it started happening to the throttle itself, while I had it in the loosest resistance. Fine, tighten the resistance and slightly increase the deadzone there as well.
And since then, I’ve seen no other issues other than whenever I plug the HOTAS back into my PC, if I do not plug it into the same port then all my customization settings get reset back to default…
My lord! Was there little quality control done on this batch? Possibly, but it does still function.
Despite all my gripes about the quality of material, like the cheap plastic they used for the handles, and the technical issues, this thing is still really comfortable to use. With my smaller than average hands, I can still reach everything in both throttle and stick with ease making this the most ergonomic stick I’ve used in a long time.
– August 2, 2023
3.0 out of 5 stars Good joystick needing some improvements on the hardware side but a complete rework on the software side
– August 21, 2023
Microsoft Flight Simulator + Star Wars Squadrons must have!
I went down the rabbit hole.
I got MS FS 2020 and started playing that with an XBox One controller.
“Hmm, this would be a lot better with a real joystick and throttle…” I said. “But no, no more ‘stuff’. I don’t need it!”
I got one. No regrets. Makes the experience 100x better. This stick has a nice balance of being “affordable” (at least, compared to some of what else is out there. If you’re spending thousands on a sim-rig, this isn’t for you, but you probably already knew that) and fully-featured.
There are a lot of buttons on this thing. I recommend you find a PDF of a button mapping and print it out, and write down what you have everything mapped to as most games will refer to the buttons by their Windows Joystick button numbers instead of the letters that are printed on the stick and throttle.
– August 29, 2023
So far, the joystick feels very high quality and works great. It doesn’t feel plasticy or flimsy at all. The software is mostly good enough, but you’re going to be googling how to make certain things work pretty often.
Firstly, the joystick was nearly unusable out of the box. The metal ring that the spring pushes against was grinding and catching on the plastic ring of the base to the extent that I couldn’t make any fine movements. I applied a tiny bit of chapstick (not the best, but its what I had) and the grinding decreased completely except for one spot. After a day of use, that spot has disappeared and the joystick moves as smoothly as butter. If you’re having a similar issue, give it a bit of grease and play with it for a while.
If you’re going to install the software, you’re going to have to make a few adjustments if you want to use the clutch button ( i ) and the pinkie trigger. For games like elite dangerous and war thunder, which have built in presets for this HOTAS, with the software installed, you’ll need to disable clutch mode in windows and delete the pinkie trigger settings in the software. You can google how to do these; it takes about a minute to do both.
While you’re in the windows settings disabling clutch mode, you should also decrease the brightness of the LEDs (which you can customize to a large extent). They’re excessively bright by default (as pretty much all things are), and I found just barely above zero to be pleasant.
This HOTAS is definitely not without issue, and only time will tell if it lasts long, but so far I would recommend it highly. All the problems (so far) are solvable and only briefly annoying.
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