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Saitek X52 Pro Flight Control System

  • X52 Pro
  • Joystick
  • Precision centering mechanism, non-contact technology on X and Y axes and constant spring force reduce free play, improve control and increase durability
  • 2-stage metal trigger; 2
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Saitek Pro Flight Combat Series X-52 Pro H.O.T.A.S. System for PC and Mac
Precise Combat Flight Sim Action

Precise Combat Flight Sim Action

Saitek's X52 Pro Flight H.O.T.A.S. System is a fully integrated hands on stick and throttle flight controller that meets or exceeds the demands of the best flight simulator pilots. Featuring an upgraded multifunction LCD which shows in-game data in real time, a progressive throttle with tension adjustment, plus an adjustable joystick with a self-centering mechanism. The X52 Pro takes all the standout features from the original X52 and elevates them to a higher altitude.

Dual-Spring Centering Mechanism

A highly accurate centering mechanism ensures the joystick will easily return to the neutral position after you let go. Non-contact technology on the X and Y axes enhance control while increasing durability. And, the stick becomes more resistant as it moves farther away from the center position.

Advanced Grip Adjustment System

Advanced Grip Adjustment System

A five-position handle adjustment system conforms to your grip style and hand size. And to promote maximum comfort during long flights, the joystick's handle also features contours which harmonize with your digits.

3D Twist with Rudder Lock

3D Twist with Rudder Lock

The joystick's twist rudder controls add another dimension of command to simulated flight. If you prefer more traditional control, a rudder lock switch disables the twist capabilities and confines input to the X and Y axes—ideal for use with Saitek Pro Flight Rudder Pedals (sold separately).

Progressive Throttle with Resistance Adjustment

Progressive Throttle with Resistance Adjustment

The throttle unit's progressive functionality improves aircraft response. Detents—physical markings indicating where a certain action takes places—simplify control of your plane's idle and reverse thrusters. Yet another customizable feature found on the X52 Pro, a tension adjustment dial lets you change the throttle's resistance to suit the way you fly.

Multifunction LCD Display

Multifunction LCD Display

The X-52 Pro's LCD screen—with adjustable backlighting—enables you to view information about your button configurations with only a quick glance. Even more beneficial is the ability to directly manipulate radio stack information in FSX, X-Plane, Prepar3D, and most flight simulation software. You can then use the buttons residing below the Multifunction Display (MFD) to cycle through essential radio stack functions. A downloadable Software Development Kit allows you to create your own MFD interactions.

Powerful Programming Software

Powerful Programming Software (PC Only)

After installing downloadable software, you are then free to create custom profiles for different flight sims. Three mode settings and a pinkie switch provide enhanced programming options for even more control in your favorite sim. And, all button programming is color coded. Assign a color to each button's tri-state LED, and then make adjustments via controller settings within joy.cpl (Game Controllers).

    Product Includes:

  • Saitek Combat Series X52 Pro Joystick Unit
  • Saitek Combat Series X52 Pro Throttle Unit with 4.8ft/1.4m USB Connector Cable
  • 5ft/1.5m PS/2 Connector Cable (conjoins Joystick and Throttle Units)
  • 8 Suction Cups

    Minimum System Requirements:

  • Windows®: 8.1, 8, 7, Vista and XP
  • Mac: OS X 10.6.8 or Later
  • 2x USB 2.0 Ports

    Flight Simulation Software Compatibility:

  • FSX - Flight Simulator X (PC only)
  • X-Plane 10 (PC and Mac)
  • Prepar3D® 2.2 (PC only)
  • X-Wing Special Edition
  • TIE Fighter Special Edition
  • Elite: Dangerous
  • Star Citizen
  • Most Other Flight Simulation Software

    Product Features:

  • The market-leading brand in flight simulator hardware
  • Interactive Multifunction Display (MFD) screen displays important in-game info
  • Unique dual-spring mechanism provides a progressive spring force on the stick's movement—the stick is more resistant the farther it's moved from center
  • Magnetic Hall-effect sensor and non-contact technology
  • Progressive throttle with tension adjustment, plus detents for afterburner and idle
  • Backed by a two-year limited manufacturer's warranty

Learn more about the Saitek X52 Pro

Model

Brand
Saitek
Model
X52 Pro

Spec

Specifications
Joystick
Precision centering mechanism, non-contact technology on X and Y axes and constant spring force reduce free play, improve control and increase durability
2-stage metal trigger; 2 primary buttons in 1 convenient position
4 fire buttons including missile launcher with spring-loaded safety cover for instant access
Conveniently positioned metal pinkie switch provides shift functionality to double up on programmable commands
2 x 8-way Hat Switches
3D rudder twist
3-position rotary mode selector switch with LED indicators
3 spring-loaded, base-mounted toggle switches for up to 6 programmable flight commands
5-position handle adjustment system to suit all hand sizes

Throttle
Progressive throttle with tension adjustment, detents for afterburner and idle
2 fire buttons
Scroll wheel with built-in button
Mouse controller / hat switch with left mouse button
8-way hat switch
2 x rotary controls
Smooth-action slider control
Clutch button initiates 'safe mode' to allow on-the-fly profile selection, or to display button functionality without activating

Features

Features
2 dedicated MFD buttons and 2 rotary dials with in-built buttons to control additional game functionality
MFD displays data directly from games, including Radio Stack info from Microsoft Flight Simulator 9 and 10
Software Development Kit included for creating game-specific programs to interact with the MFD
Choice of red, amber or green button illumination
lluminated buttons and MFD - ideal for low light environments
Throttle unit illumination varies depending on throttle position
Enhanced MFD backlighting
Improved cable management system

Manufacturer Warranty

Labor
1 year limited
Parts
1 year limited

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  • ANTON D.
  • 1/28/2015 6:22:31 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

1 out of 5 eggsWell....

Pros: As tired as this is:
Looks nice, lots of button. Rubbery-feel grip feels pretty good. Good side stick and throttle.

Cons: The (in comparison) non significant stuff out of the way:

The stick definitely feels way too light. I got used to it after a day or two (trying to set it up, more below) so it was not a big deal. To get 100% throttle, you really need to push the throttle forward so it goes past a "click", again, nothing major, perhaps the stick needs to be worked in.
My biggest problem was with installation...
I can honestly say, I have never plugged anything so horrible into the USB post of my computer. I actually felt bad for constantly restarting the system, restoring...just felt like I was abusing my tower.
First of all the joystick MAY work out of the box, if it decides to in 1/10 times.
No matter what USB ports I tried, 2, 3, front/back of computer. No matter what online instructions I tried, this joystick would seriously mess with my system.
To my partial relief, I saw that I was not the only one having the exact same issues with exact same buttons and exact same installation problems and issues in the exact same games. After 4 days straight of installing/reinstalling/editing registries, trying different drivers and different methods for installing those drivers, I have had enough.
I figured that if it is THIS much problem to install, I am afraid to imagine what it is going to be like when you have to fix an actual problem.
On the other hand, I see that for some it works ok.
I can only assume it is bad manufacturing and horrible quality control. If you like to gamble, get this, if not I would avoid completely.

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  • Andrew D.
  • 1/20/2015 3:34:11 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsLove it so far

Pros: Lots of buttons, comfortable and feels good while flying. Lots of configuration options. I like that it has rudder in the stick itself so that I do not have to have separate pedals for that.

Cons: None really, make sure you download the latest drivers from the website from the time you receive it. Did not use the ones in the box. Also for some games you have to disable the clutch mode through the settings (I used it for elite dangerous and that took a bit of searching to figure out what was going on with the key binding)

Other Thoughts: Leave deadzones alone to start and then as you use it a bit make sure to go in and adjust. I think that is part of any joystick though periodic recalibration is a good idea.

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  • Robert B.
  • 1/2/2015 10:05:03 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Playing Elite Dangerous with this. Works very good with the ED supported bindings. Did install drivers form web but only used it for LED color control.

Cons: Does not work with any of my USB 3 plugs on my computer. I have a Asus Z77 board and this will not work on any USB 3 plug front or back. Works with all USB 2.0.

Other Thoughts: Will be getting a pci-e USB 2.0 card. I'm out of 2.0 plugs.

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  • Joseph Q.
  • 12/28/2014 10:29:03 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGood Joystick with some Quirks

Pros: Full HOTAS. Works beautifully with Windows 10 Tech Preview using windows 8 drivers so I'm sure it would be just fine for 7 and 8 as well. Do NOT use the driver CD as many have stated they are very old drivers. Download the drivers from Saitek's website. Good feel to the throttle and stick. Stick can be adjusted somewhat to fit your hand.

Cons: Stick has a small amount of play right out of the box, about a quarter inch of movement if measured from the top of the joystick. Definitely not stiff like my old thrustmaster T16000. This may be a deal breaker for some, but I am learning to live with it. Also, Spring tension is, IMHO, very much so lacking. If you have seen those videos posted online about how after a year of use the x52 joystick can be held sideways and the joystick doesn't keep its center then you know what I mean when I say this joystick did that to me out of the box. Not impressed with that one bit but there are DIY fixes posted online for this issue if you must have this joystick and want to experiment.

However, overall the joystick has a nice feel to it, it doesn't feel cheap but it doesn't feel top-of-the-line (think thrustmaster Warthog) either. Being able to change the tension of the stick would be great, but I guess you need to upgrade to the x55 for that option. There is an option to adjust tension on the throttle however.

Other Thoughts: I bought this for the release of Elite: Dangerous as this game was practically modeled around this stick. Flight controls are wonderfully done and there is a profile in elite dangerous set up for this stick. I have moved some things around on that profile to fit my own needs but for the most part if you are looking for a stick to be used with Elite then this is the one to go for.

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  • Adnan e.
  • 11/6/2014 12:55:31 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsTook Some Effort

Pros: - LED's are beautiful.
- Too many buttons for me to push lol.
- Comfortable.
- Throttle resistance is customizable.
- Pretty great stick overall.

Cons: - The software was a nightmare to install. Took me all day until I finally found the fix.

Other Thoughts: I have a new mobo (Asus Maximus VII Formula) with an intel i7 4790 processor. The drivers for the joystick simply refused to install. I figured out eventually that I had to uninstall my USB 3.0 drivers in control panel, and that fixed the problem. I thought I was going to have to refund it, but then I got it working. Otherwise, it's a pretty great stick. I would totally recommend it.

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  • Brian C.
  • 5/13/2014 8:03:34 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAwesome but....

Pros: You are not going to find a better flight stick set at this price point. There are better out there. But, they cost a lot more. Ever function of the device is well thought out and placed.

Cons: The software on the disk is O L D. Don't even bother installing it. Even if you get it to run on your machine without complaint you will get a ton of drift on one of the axises. However, a quick trip to the support page will yield newer software / drivers that will make it sing.

Other Thoughts: Bought this stick in anticipation of Elite:Dangerous. I tried playing with mouse and keyboard and it is practically impossible. I plugged in the X52 Pro and it was like the game was designed specifically for it. I would expect the same is true of the upcoming Star Citizen as well.

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  • Anonymous
  • 3/27/2014 10:44:17 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsA peripheral is only as good as its user.

Pros: First off. This HOTAS has been in production for years. It's a top seller because it performs well. All these people with problems need to actually take the time to fine tune this setup to THEIR specifications. Adjust the deadzones. Map the buttons correctly. Adjust sensitivity. The software does all this and more. Hell, it even lets you program every single LED between three different colors individually. This is an amazing HOTAS for the money. I bought one elsewhere new for a ridiculous price for around $125 which is a steal.

Stop crying about this product. If you're to lazy to set it up properly, maybe you should stick to mouse and keyboard. Less buttons and lights to confuse you. Lol

Can't wait for Star Citizen to come out to maximize the potential of this beast! Arma2 and Arma3 are tons better using this setup.

Cons: suction cups could be better. grippy pads on the bottom don't grip well.

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  • Steven S.
  • 3/3/2014 1:22:01 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsWhen it Works, it WORKS.

Pros: -As far as range of motion goes, this is one of the most accurate and precise sticks on the market.
-Many buttons means you won't have to multitask between a basic stick and a keyboard.
-Extensive customization.
-Software-friendly (I've bound this stick to games as old as X-wing Alliance and as new as War Thunder)
-WORKS with Windows 8.1.
-Can work in USB 3.0 with proper, up-to-date Windows 8 drivers and Saitek Smart Programming Software.

Cons: Unlike its downgraded, stock cousin, the Pro suffers from some sort of quirk outside of the box. The first was improperly-installed (or aligned) microswitches in the dual trigger, which resulted in frequent misfires or the stick not firing at all. I had to RMA that stick because of it. The second, replacement unit suffers from an overly sensitive x-channel in the virtual mouse thumbstick on the throttle. Fortunately, this can be disabled in software or by disabling its HID-compliant mouse driver. Shame, though, because it is useful for panning your view in the cockpit of an airplane or ship in sims.

Other Thoughts: Saitek is starting to slip in product quality. Ever since they were acquired in 2007 by Mad Catz, their entire line of sticks suffers from some kind of failure out of the box. I bought both myself and my ex each a Saitek X-52 in late 2004, shortly after the original release. Until I purchased my Pro, the original 52 was still working.

I sought the Pro because of its alleged more-precise range of motion, which is no fluke. Its curves are more stable, allowing for better aim in games like War Thunder (which is currently dominated by mouse-aimers). The overall range of motion is better, and the LED customization is a nice touch. Plus: IT'S Freaking Black. I'm just bummed that I didn't buy one before Mad Catz bought Saitek. Since 2007, Saitek's quality just hasn't been the same.

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  • Michael B.
  • 2/25/2014 8:03:37 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGreat Joystick

Pros: Highly configurable, looks great, and I love that the missle button has a safety and turns a different color when the safety is lifted.

Cons: I have noticed some jitteryness on the sliders, but the jitteryness happenes mostly in the center of the slider position. If it is a problem for you, just set the center area as a dead spot and you should be good. I did have a problem with a button once. When I pressed the button, it just blinked. I remapped it and have not had that problem since.

Other Thoughts: I see a lot of people complaining about the suction cups. You can only ask so much from suction cups. The throttle and joystick have a hole in each corner. I drilled 4 holes in my keyboard tray (2 for each in opposite corners) and used bolts, washers, and wing nuts to keep it from moving. The x52 stays exactly where it is supposed to and the wing nuts remove easily if I dont want the x52 on my keyboard tray.

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  • Roger C.
  • 1/24/2014 6:18:30 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsWonderful Upgrade

Pros: This controller has a fair amount of buttons that are laid out pretty nicely. I use this with FSX mostly and with the incorporation of LINDA and FSUIPC I have this baby dialed in for each aircraft I fly.
It has nice smooth controls that are pretty precise.

Cons: Occasionally a button will misbehave and require a second push to accomplish a task.
Occasionally the software will not load properly and require some finagling to get it running.
The MFD has never worked as it should. You can find lots of topics on this issue.
These are not huge issues for me as I have developed tricks to deal with each one.

Other Thoughts: I upgraded from a Logitech Wingman 3D Pro that I had been loyal to for many years. I was always too cheap to spend the extra cash for a nicer stick. I'm very glad I finally upgraded.
I love this controller and recommend it if you are looking for a very functional unit. I have made some work-a-rounds to deal with the faulty software that Saitek has and I get by very well. If having to tweak things to get them working properly annoys you then you might not be real happy with this.

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