State-of-the-art flight simulation fighter joystick and throttle set.
Few - if any - flight simulation products on the market today blur the lines between fantasy and reality as much as Saitek Industries' one-of-a-kind X52 Pro Flight Control System. Building upon the unbelievably capable X52 Flight System, the X52 Pro brings PC gamers twice the number of non-contact, magnetic hall sensors for even better response, smoother control input, and exceptional accuracy that's frighteningly similar to the hardware found in actual aircraft. It also boasts a completely programmable, user-customizable MFD screen that brings users the ultimate in personalization so they can aviate exactly as they prefer. Both the throttle and joystick feature an insane amount of multifunctional buttons, control knobs, and switches that rival the most capable cockpit components in use in real-world 21st Century aviation.
Connects via a USB 2.0 port and is compatible with Windows XP/XP64/Vista (all versions)/Windows 7/Windows 8 and Mac OSX operating systems. The absolute best, most realistic computer aviation hardware you'll find anywhere - at an equally unbelievable price!
From the Manufacturer
The most fully integrated Stick and throttle flight controller: built to meet the demands of the best virtual pilots in the world!
The MFD screen, first introduced on the X52 Flight Controller, is now interactive. Now you can display important in-game information such as the Radio Stack and interact with your games directly. Shipping with support for Microsoft's Flight Simulator X, there's also a Software Development Kit (SDK) included which allows budding programmers to create interactions with their own favorite games. See what's been created already on our forum.
Chose between night-friendly red, green or amber illumination for the different LED buttons on the controller. Using the SDK, you can also program the LEDs to react to conditions in your game such as flashing red during a stall or changing color when pressed. Now there's a huge number of possibilities for even greater interaction between your controller and the simulation.
New metal parts increase durability and the unique dual-spring mechanism provides a progressive spring force on the stick's movement, making it more resistant the further you move it from centre. The X52 Pro uses the same magnetic hall sensor, non-contact technology as the X52 but we've doubled the number of sensors to improve response. The smooth movement and enhanced control give you unparalleled accuracy and bring you even closer to reality.
Precision centering mechanism, non-contact technology on X and Y axes and constant spring force reduce free play, improve control and increase durability2-stage metal trigger; 2 primary buttons in 1 convenient position4 fire buttons including missile launcher with spring-loaded safety cover for instant accessConveniently positioned metal pinkie switch provides shift functionality to double up on programmable commands2 X 8-way Hat Switches3D rudder twist3-position rotary mode selector switch with LED indicators3 spring-loaded, base-mounted toggle switches for up to 6 programmable flight commands5-position handle adjustment system to suit all hand sizes
Progressive throttle with tension adjustment, detents for afterburner and idle2 fire buttonsScroll wheel with built-in buttonMouse controller / hat switch with left mouse button8-way hat switch2 x rotary controlsSmooth-action slider controlClutch button initiates 'safe mode' to allow on-the-fly profile selection, or to display button functionality without activating
Connectivity: USB 2.0Windows XP, XP64 and Windows Vista (all versions)
/ 5 based on
I have been flightsimming for more than 20 years now and this really is the best joystick I have ever operated!
The only thing is, the base of the stick with the plate it slides across are both made of aluminium. When using the same metals on each other they 'bite' into each other. So when I need to apply 'finger pressure', I have to first gently yank the stick out of the 'bite'. Trying to steadily hover a helo is for that reason near to impossible.
I asked Saitek how to lubricate, hoping that would improve the situation; they suggested candlewax. That helped a little but not enough. I use copious amounts of normal bearing grease now (by lack of something better as easily available to me), which is an improvement. But because of the same-metal 'biting', I have to grease the touching parts quite often.
The display, however, is not very useful at all. Before I had the Multi-Function Panel I tried using that built-in display and operate AP settings, but it is too troublesome; by the time values were properly changed I had already crashed.
- Shulin City, AL
Sep 16, 2011
The Perfect Match
After days of research and reading reviews I at last settled on the X52 Pro as the joystick for me. After having some time to get to know the instrument I have to say: it was worth every cent. The joystick and throttle themselves are sturdy and well-made with quality and longevity clearly being near the top of the design priorities. There are quite a few buttons but none of them feel out of place or awkward as the whole system seems to flow together very nicely. The configuration software is equally impressive by allowing for easy and intuitive programming and loading of profiles. The MFD display still seems to lack any serious utility (as did the X52) but its far from a deal-breaker. The feel of the joystick is perfect for the realism and deft receptiveness I've been seeking and its a piece of hardware I plan to have with me for a long time.
Dec 4, 2014
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