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Is there a better, more HOTAS sensitive joystick?

Posted: Tue Oct 02, 2018 5:43 pm
by Sparky
I had to remove my joystick extension so I could raise the joystick to accommodate a swivel chair (easier to check six in VR). The Thrustmaster Warthog HOTAS joystick is now mounted high and it requires a lot of force to move the stick making it much, much harder to fly precisely, or even marginally well. Is there another button-laden HOTAS joystick that moves easily so you don't feel you're pulling on a crowbar to pry loose a stuck ten penny nail every time you move the joystick?

Re: Is there a better, more HOTAS sensitive joystick?

Posted: Tue Oct 02, 2018 7:41 pm
by Fritz
I'd recommend the CH Pro Combatstick - https://www.amazon.com/CH-Products-200- ... B00006B84W

Its got a really smooth and easy action, the buttons work great, and it even has two trim wheels (I never use them, but they're there). Additionally, I've had my CH Pro setup (Pro Pedals, Combatstick, and Pro Throttle) for more than 12 years and they still work fabulously.

Re: Is there a better, more HOTAS sensitive joystick?

Posted: Tue Oct 02, 2018 11:17 pm
by Silk
Sparky - you may like to look at a joystick mount that hangs off the front of the table such as the image below. That one is by Monstertech and that are more expensive, but other manufacturers are available.

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Re: Is there a better, more HOTAS sensitive joystick?

Posted: Tue Oct 02, 2018 11:38 pm
by Sparky
Silk, the pictured Monstertech mount is exactly what I have for the joystick. I have a shorter Monstertech mount for my throttle. To be able to rotate my chair I had to raise the base of the joystick (and throttle) above my knees so I removed the joystick extension tube.

Re: Is there a better, more HOTAS sensitive joystick?

Posted: Tue Oct 02, 2018 11:56 pm
by Silk
Then another option may be a mounting plate that you can screw to the underside of the front of the chair between you legs? Just trying to think of options.

Re: Is there a better, more HOTAS sensitive joystick?

Posted: Wed Oct 03, 2018 12:08 am
by Sparky
Silk, that's a great idea. Once I find the right chair.

Re: Is there a better, more HOTAS sensitive joystick?

Posted: Wed Oct 03, 2018 12:16 am
by Tom
I have a Monstertech mount and an old office waiting room chair. I find I can swivel around just enough without the joystick impeding me.

I don’t think there is an easy option - joystick attached to a chair is kinda feasible but start moving around and the cabling will annoy or will simply not be long enough.

Maybe try different ergonomics to see if it helps e.g. bring the pedals closer to you.

Re: Is there a better, more HOTAS sensitive joystick?

Posted: Tue May 14, 2019 5:39 pm
by TP_Andy
Since my trustworthy T-Flight HOTAS X that served me well for past seven years starts to show its age (ghost stick wiggling, probably due to the wear on potentiometers), I am considering an upgrade for a bit advanced, mid-to-higher-tier stick probably in late June when I will (hopefully) definitelly get rid of school duties.

Does anyone have experience with Logitech X-56 HOTAS VR RGB (pic below)? It is a revamp of Saitek's original X-56 Rhino with minor tweaks. I read and saw several reviews and although the quallity does not match the profi sticks like Virpil or Warthog it looks like it is a good bang for the buck. The design, layout and number of buttons and other gizmos looks like it could be fit for me.
I was considering an X-52 (aka the official Elite:Dangerous stick) but considering the money the X-56 offers a bit more for almost the same price. Also according to some of the reviews, the X-52 has quite bit of reclamation history.
Of course, there is still the T.1600 and TWCS combo by Thrustmaster which is widely revered. Though I am not particularly fond of the design, I still did not rule this option out in case I learned the Logitech/Saiteks are really not worth the higher pricetag.

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