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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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Give yourself complete control of your plane with Saitek’s X52 Pro flight control system. And when we say complete control we mean it. Saitek included an SDK so you can customize the system for use with your favorite games. You can also program the various LEDs to give you warnings for stalls or spins.

Improving on the design of the original X52 the Pro has twice as many sensors in the non contact magnetic hall for increased accuracy. The stick can twist to control the rudder. The convenient pinkie switch doubles the number of programmable commands by acting as a shift button.

The progressive throttle control has detents for afterburner and idle, increasing the realism of the game. The MFD screen is now interactive and can display important game information directly. Multiple buttons and hat switches let you have extra functions immediately available. Whether you’re flying low under the radar or high to avoid SAMs this controller provides maximum control to ensure a successful mission.

  • newegg Authentic Simulation The Saitek X52 Pro Flight Control System features a separate joystick and throttle controller with programmable LEDs for ultra-realistic flight simulation!
  • newegg Optimal Control The Saitek X52 Pro features 3D twist for precise rudder control, as well as dual 8-way hat switches, 4 fire buttons and 3 spring-loaded, base-mounted toggle switches for optimal control of your aircraft in the battle!
  • newegg Built-in MFD Screen The Saitek X52 Pro features a built-in illuminated MFD (Multi-Function Display) to directly indicate in-game data and information for great convenience. Two dedicated buttons and two rotary dials are added to the base of the MFD for instant adjustments.
  • newegg USB Connectivity The Saitek X52 Pro features a USB 2.0 connector for great compatibility and plug-and-play convenience.

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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  • 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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  • Michael M.
  • 7/12/2013 3:01:25 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggs

Pros: The stick looks good and the controls are relatively smooth. There are plenty of buttons, controls for the stick and throttle are very accurate and reliable. Overall it does what it should, but...

Cons: The construction is cheap and light. It's difficult to use these without sliding them around the desk. The included suction cup feet are a joke, they don't help at all on a typical computer desk. The rubber feet are also not grippy enough, they don't do anything at all. The base for the stick and throttle should have just been heavier, they don't weight hardly anything.

This is especially an issue with the throttle detents, which instead of providing resistance serve to push the throttle across the desk. I had to take the detent nub out, which involved disassembling the device (but easy once you get it open). The throttle is now more usable, but locks up slightly if you leave it in one place, making small adjustments very difficult. This is especially an issue when using it as a helicopter collective.

The stick started out good (above issues aside), but the centering springs now make very annoying creaking and grinding noises it didn't make when it was brand new. It ruins the smoothness. I also had to apply a small amount of silicone grease around the lip where the spring plate attaches to make it as smooth as it should have been.

The slider controls jump all over the place. I had one set to head position and it'll jump between two positions very quickly. It's OK to use for flaps which settle on a notch, but they shouldn't jitter like this, not at this price.

The LEDs flicker when you dim them, this is especially true on the MFD screen. If you don't dim them, they blind you.

The included mouse nub is a good idea, but completely useless. It's so sensitive, you have to turn your mouse sensitivity way down and even then, too inaccurate to work menus and views in FSX.

This product has way too many issues for the price. It's not cheap, frankly I expected more from it.

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  • James P.
  • 7/7/2013 8:26:29 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

1 out of 5 eggsGarbage

Pros: Looks great.

Cons: Most of the dials sporadically give random imputs so must be disabled. the rudder is all or nothing in any software due to their pathetic drivers. Try to bypass them and loose functionality of the rudder.

Other Thoughts: there was a cheap logitec I really regret not buying.

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  • Timothy W.
  • 3/26/2013 8:26:26 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

1 out of 5 eggsConstant BSOD with FSX

Pros: Price point was right.

It looks nice.

Feels somewhat sturdy. Some buttons are not so sturdy. The rotary buttons under the LCD are hard to turn and you end up pressing them down to turn them which presses another function.

Cons: Wow, there are tons.

First of all I get BSOD's when playing FSX. If I press the pinky button it crashes. Every time. I uninstalled the software and reinstalled to find the same thing. If I uninstall the software and play FSX I get no issue.

The 'software' used to program the controller is junk. It really looks like something a 3rd year college student pieced together with VB 2008. It has about the same crash rate too. Put it this way, it would be easier to just go into each game and program the game. At least that way you know that the profiles stay. I tried editing the profile for FSX and 'saved' it only to find out that it didn't actually save. So I had to redo it again and again.

When the joystick is plugged in I get crazy errors on the desktop. Sometimes I can't even access "My Computer". I unplug it and it all goes back to normal.

This all leads me to the final con. The company itself seems to have tons of these issues that are unresolved. I really wish I had done more research into it. If I had I wouldn't have gotten something else.

Other Thoughts: This was one of the first 'Flight Stick' purchases I have ever made. I got it because I really got into FSX and X-Plane. I thought that it was a good middle range for a stick and I read a few good reviews for it. I also did want to pay $500 for a Warthog.

I guess when it comes to flight sticks you really get what you pay for. In this case what I thought was a good purchase was nothing but a lemon. I should have went with the $500 Warthog. Maybe then I wouldn't have BSOD every time I play my flight sim game.

Personally, I regret this purchase.

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  • Bryce A.
  • 3/23/2013 11:52:41 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat, Well built Stick/Throttle

Pros: Sturdy, well-built, great drivers & software, lots of buttons, looks great

Cons: MFD is not very useful

Other Thoughts: I bought this stick because I needed something that had enough buttons, axes, and switches to play DCS A10. Very happy with it. Especially now that the price is down to around $140, I highly recommend it.

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