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Is there a better, more HOTAS sensitive joystick?

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Is there a better, more HOTAS sensitive joystick?

Post by Sparky » Tue Oct 02, 2018 5:43 pm

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

Post by Fritz » Tue Oct 02, 2018 7:41 pm

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

Post by Silk » Tue Oct 02, 2018 11:17 pm

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?

Post by Sparky » Tue Oct 02, 2018 11:38 pm

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

Post by Silk » Tue Oct 02, 2018 11:56 pm

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.

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

Post by Sparky » Wed Oct 03, 2018 12:08 am

Silk, that's a great idea. Once I find the right chair.
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Re: Is there a better, more HOTAS sensitive joystick?

Post by Tom » Wed Oct 03, 2018 12:16 am

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.
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