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Saitek X-55 (SCB432150002/02/1) Pro Flight Rhino H.O.T.A.S. (Hands on Throttle and Stick) System for PC

  • Military-grade Flight Sim Precision
  • Enhanced Stick Accuracy
  • Adjustable Stick Force via Advanced 4-Spring System
  • Twin Throttles with Friction Adjuster and Throttle Lock
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Saitek Pro Flight X-55 Rhino H.O.T.A.S. (Hands on Throttle and Stick) System for PC

Saitek Pro Flight

Military-Grade Flight Sim Precision

Inspired by controls found within actual fighter planes, the next-gen X-55 Rhino H.O.T.A.S. System for PC provides utmost control over simulated aircraft. Built to the same exacting standards of Saitek's award-winning Pro Flight accessories range, the X-55 Rhino delivers a multitude of customizable options never before seen in an H.O.T.A.S. System. Whether flying a modern fighter, single- or multi-engine aircraft, or even a retro single-seat plane, the X-55 Rhino supplies all the control surface options required to achieve the exact level of aerial performance aspiring pilots demand.


Saitek Pro Flight

Enhanced Stick Accuracy

During virtual flight – just like true flight – the accuracy of an aircraft's control surfaces is of paramount importance. The X-55 Rhino's control surfaces are incredibly accurate, courtesy of an all-new 16-bit aileron and a 16-bit elevator axis, each employing hall-effect sensors. Developed from the ground up, Saitek's 16-bit axis solution enables extremely precise flight.

Adjustable Stick Force via Advanced Four-Spring System

A ground-breaking, adjustable stick-spring system allows pilots to alter the force required to move the stick. Four springs of varying resistance are included to provide a total of five different options. Choose the spring – or no spring at all – which best accommodates your style of flying.


Saitek Pro Flight

Twin Throttles with Friction Adjuster and Throttle Lock

Using a twin-engine throttle controller is the only suitable method for manipulating a virtual twin-engine aircraft. The X-55 Rhino boasts twin throttles – ideal for situations in which your primary engine is disabled and you're down to one – and also provides the option to adjust the friction required to move them. And if your aircraft of choice is single-engine, a handy throttle lock effectively converts the twin throttles into a single unit.


Saitek Pro Flight

Bonus Toggles and Rotaries on Backlit Throttle Base

Flight sim accessories used by today's virtual pilots require the highest level of control and customization. The X-55 Rhino showcases additional toggles and rotaries, not based on any particular aircraft, around the throttle base. Seven extra three-way toggle switches and two rotaries allow you to customize this H.O.T.A.S. System to your own specifications.

Individual USB Connectors

The X-55 Rhino's stick and throttle units each utilize their own separate USB connection, offering greater flexibility during customization. You're free to situate the controls exactly where you want them, without the need to keep them tethered to each other.


Saitek Pro Flight

H.O.T.A.S. Configuration Software Enables Programmable Controls

Saitek's new software provides the ability to completely customize all of the X-55 Rhino's axes and buttons. On the axis side, you can adjust deadbands and response curves to fine-tune axes to respond just like an aircraft's real-life counterparts. On the buttons and toggle side, you can assign any number of in-sim directives, such as speed brake, flares, target lock and pickle weapon. The software also allows programmability for an array of mouse and keyboard commands – from basic single-key inputs to very advanced, timed, and macro commands.

Build the Ultimate Virtual Cockpit

Transform even a modest PC into a virtual cockpit and experience the staggering realism of different flight and emergency situations – complete with realistic weather and flight conditions. Using the X-55 Rhino as a foundation for Saitek's modular accessories, easily add Combat Rudder Pedals and a multitude of Switch, Navigation, and Instrument Panels to fully customize your flight simulator. Commercial or private, seasoned or novice, you have the ability to equip your flight simulation setup with all the essentials needed to vastly improve your skill set and muscle memory.


Product Includes:

  • X-55 Rhino Stick Unit with USB Connector Cable
  • X-55 Rhino Throttle Unit with USB Connector Cable and Green Backlighting
  • Spring System with 4 Springs of Varied Resistance

Minimum System Requirements:

  • PC: Windows XP (32- and 64-bit) and Higher; 2 USB 2.0 Ports

Compatible with ALL Major Flying Games with the Saitek X-55 H.O.T.A.S. Configuration Software, Including:

  • Flight Simulator X
  • Flight Simulator 2004
  • X-Plane 10
  • X-Plane 9
  • DCS World
  • DCS: A-10C Warthog
  • DCS: Black Shark 2
  • DCS: UH-1H Huey
  • Lock On: Modern Air Combat (LOMAC)
  • Lock On: Flaming Cliffs 3
  • Lock On: Flaming Cliffs 2
  • Lock On: Flaming Cliffs
  • Aerofly FS
  • Take On Helicopters (TKOH)
  • Rise of Flight
  • Arma 3
  • Falcon 4.0: Allied Force
  • Falcon BMS 4.32
  • World of Warplanes
  • War Thunder


Learn more about the Saitek X-55 (SCB432150002/02/1)

Model

Brand
Saitek
Model
X-55 (SCB432150002/02/1)

Spec

Specifications
Compatible with ALL Major Flying Games with the Saitek X-55 H.O.T.A.S. configuration software, including:
Flight Simulator X
Flight Simulator 2004
X-Plane 10
X-Plane 9
DCS World
DCS: A-10C Warthog
DCS: Black Shark 2
DCS: UH-1H Huey
Lock On: Modern Air Combat (LOMAC)
Lock On: Flaming Cliffs 3
Lock On: Flaming Cliffs 2
Lock On: Flaming Cliffs
aerofly FS
Take On Helicopters (TKOH)
Rise of Flight
Arma 3
Falcon 4.0: Allied Force
Falcon BMS 4.32
World of Warplanes
War Thunder

Minimum System Requirements:
PC: Windows XP (32- and 64-bit) and Higher; 2 USB 2.0 Ports

Features

Features
Military-grade Flight Sim Precision

Enhanced Stick Accuracy

Adjustable Stick Force via Advanced 4-Spring System

Twin Throttles with Friction Adjuster and Throttle Lock

Bonus Toggles and Rotaries on Backlit Throttle Base

Individual USB Connectors

H.O.T.A.S. Configuration Software Enables Programmable Controls

Build the Ultimate Virtual Cockpit

Packaging

Package Contents
X-55 Rhino Stick Unit with USB Connector Cable
X-55 Rhino Throttle Unit with USB Connector Cable and Green Backlighting
Spring System with 4 Springs of Varied Resistance

Quick Info


Customer Reviews of the Saitek X-55 (SCB432150002/02/1)

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  • Nathaniel O.
  • 1/21/2015 5:57:04 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsAmazing joystick!

Pros: Absolutely fantastic joystick and throttle. I'm really shocked at how low this joystick is rated. After reading through most of the reviews I think that it's overall rating is suffering more from OCD users rather than any fault of its own.

The driver/software package makes programming the buttons an absolute breeze and the ability to use profiles to quickly switch between mappings is also very nice.

The different springs really help give you a custom feel, and the number of buttons in my mind is just right.

If you have any doubts about this joystick, I can say that I strongly recommend it. I've been using it for Elite Dangerous and Star Citizen. Two space-combat flight-sims with some of the most expansive button sets out there right now.

Cons: The only con is the slightly difficult spring release. For the life of me I can't remember how I did it. However the instructions are in the online manual at Saitek's site.

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  • Kanaan B.
  • 1/16/2015 5:25:11 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsNot Horrible...But not great Either.

Pros: *It's got a LOT of buttons...More than you could possibly dream of...but let be honest, we could always use more buttons...
*Multiple springs for different levels of resistance.
*Dual Throttle with nice buttons and knobs all over it for that HOTAS feel.

Cons: *Okay so taking off the joystick is not a horrible thing but because you have to take off the joystick and are dealing with little plastic parts and the little twisty thing you turn is super small and that makes it VERY difficult to tighten properly...not over that but when you go to twist to Yaw left and right, it doesn't snap back to the center properly like it should so when you let go of the stick, it's always going to be yawing in the very slightest direction either left or right depending on the direction you twisted it last and that forces you to have to make the slightest adjustments to try to get it perfectly center. Not only that but there's a little bit of "free room" when you go to yaw. For instance, if everything is center and you go to twist to yaw left, you won't immediately yaw left; there's a bit of room before you actually feel the tension of yawing.

*Which bring me to another point. The tension to twist is rather tight and can be rather straining on the wrist.

*Another topic on tension. The throttle has a tension adjustment on the side, however, whilst set on the loosest possible tension, it's still rather tight.

*Another note on the throttle, the numbers on both throttles aren't aligned properly. One is about two millimeters off...it's not much but if you want to be precise with your speed, it matters....a lot.

Other Thoughts: It's a good stick if you aren't doing a whole lot of yawing with the stick or if you own peddles to yaw with...or if you aren't OCD about numbers and speed....and...you know...don't care about perfection... BUT with all I'd say do some more looking around and be certain on what you want...just because something is expensive or someone else suggests you get it.. DON'T Do your own research and trust your own instincts.

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  • Mark M.
  • 1/8/2015 12:17:25 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGood device

Pros: Easy to setup and adjust. Works very well.

Cons: Not a real con but you for customizing it, you need to download the software.

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  • Shawn S.
  • 1/8/2015 10:17:42 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsSaitek / Madcatz quality and support

Pros: * the number of switches and buttons was what i was looking for
* very smooth joystick movement and action
* Adjustable spring tension

Cons: - QA - Received the unit with a bad throttle1 , slider, mouse stick, and pinky wheel. Throttle 2 and the rest of the throttle accessories worked beautifully
- Service - Submited a ticket with MCZ about it 3 hours after getting the product. Almost 2 days later i still haven't heard anything from them.

Other Thoughts: Sadly this stick is exactly what I want, but it's quality leaves a lot to be desired. Most of the reviews I had read about it were mostly complaints about the build quality (plastic over metal), but very few actually complained about the mechanics of the stick.

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  • William B.
  • 1/6/2015 9:16:25 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsWorks freaking awesome now.

Pros: Works like a charm, if you realize what you are dealing with. Two simple fixes and all my problems are gone. Now all switches, hats, lights, ghosting button problems, so on even dead band problems are gone.
Would give it a 5 out of 5 but tech support could not help me had to figure the problem out myself.

Since the fix I find it one of he best HOTAS I have used to date, minus the older X65-F. Buttons are not that hard to program if you used a HOTAS before. if not I recommend videos on you tube.

Works well in Elite, Star citizen, even some older games. It's just awesome. I have to say to the other people that are having this problem attempt this. I hope it helps you enjoy your X-55 and have as much fun as I'm having.

Cons: They don't tell you that you need a powered hub or how to get it to work in a USB 3.0 port. Look below.

Other Thoughts: Here is the problem. USB 2.0 does not provided enough power to run the X-55. The hardware goes into a brown out state due to under voltage on problems.
How to solve the problem. move it to a USB 3.0 port. Or get a power USB 2.0. hub... maybe. I know for a fact at this time and 10 hours of testing.
Step one: Disable legacy support for USB 3.0 in the Bios.
Step two: Make sure that it is plugged into the USB 3.0 port. both sticks this is important.
After this I'm totally in love with the X-55. no longer ghosting, no dead bands no problems at all.
IT JUST ROCKS!!!!

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  • Jonathan Y.
  • 12/30/2014 8:46:46 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGood middle-ground HOTAS

Pros: Good price between the X-52 and the warthog stick.
The throttle is the best part, comfortable and good button placement.

Cons: I do have a few minor complaints...
- The "Slider" on the throttle acts as a switch instead of an actual slider, not sure why they did that.
- Button positioning on the stick may be difficult for some folks with smaller than average hands. For me (with average hands) it is fine... just something to be aware of.

Other Thoughts: I got this stick instead of the warthog because I will be playing multiple different games with it, not just DCS.. but games like Star Citizen, Elite Dangerous, etc... so I wanted rotary switches which I don't believe the warthog stick has.

This isn't a perfect HOTAS, but it isn't bad at all either.

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  • christopher w.
  • 12/26/2014 6:17:17 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsDo not buy if you have Win 8

Pros: it looks cool and has a large variety of switches and buttons

Cons: ghost buttons. like sreiously bad ghost buttons. im not talking once an hour but a few every minute. has made my games unplayable so I now have a paper weight

Other Thoughts: until they get a fix for windows 8.1, which i doubt considering the "promptness" of their tech support, do not buy this HOTAS.

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  • Anonymous
  • 12/18/2014 8:40:47 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

2 out of 5 eggsMoney Wasted.

Pros: The dual throttles are great, there are plenty of buttons, well placed to map things to.

Cons: This stick will NOT function with Windows 8 and USB 3.0 ports on your machine. Doesn't matter whether it's plugged into the 2.0 or 3.0, you get REALLY bad ghosting, and you cannot even get a test screen open in windows for the throttle quadrant. I've spent several hours on the phone with Saitek customer service, only to be told "Yeah, it's a pretty common issue with Windows 8. Not really much you can do", so I either buy Windows 7, or I have a $200 paperweight. Had I known this, I would have bought the Thrustmaster Warthog.

Other Thoughts: The stick is solid, but they need to fix the Windows 8 compatibility.

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  • JASON A.
  • 12/18/2014 7:47:40 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsShort-lived

Pros: - Lots of options for buttons, toggles, modes.

Cons: - Very short life before breakdown. (3 months)
- Required deadzone adjustment in games within one month due to heavy jitter on twist axis while hands was off-stick. Calibration within latest software did not solve issue.
- Broken tension spring on twist axis (metal fatigue snap) within 3 months of purchase.
- Price of product for extremely short life was not worth it.

Other Thoughts: Thought I was going to be among the lucky ones that had purchased this stick and didn't have an outright failure early on in it's use. However at 3 months after purchase, tension spring for rudder/twist axis snapped and now I have a what is essentially a near $200 paperweight. For that price tag, I was hoping for something built a little tougher than what I received. This is with normal use, mind you. Not mashing against the stops or any kind of brutish force/foolish behavior.

I hope Saitek comes through BIG on this. They've got an opportunity to do the right thing and blow me away with customer service. Let's make it happen.

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  • Joshua H.
  • 12/15/2014 9:44:32 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsOverpriced - Quality Doesn't Deliver

Pros: Cool concept
Lots of hat switches and toggles

Cons: Plastic
Variable throttle friction did not work
Dead Switch

Other Thoughts: I did a lot of research into joysticks and decided this was the best HOTAS system - I WAS WRONG. Regardless of which spring you use the joystick favors a center position and the friction is not constant. The throttle variable friction was broken upon delivery stuck on HIGH. One of the switches also appeared to be dead. I tried to use a few times but not worth the $200 price tag. The switches are all in good places, but they feel cheap.

Take a look at some other reviews and note their lack of quality control.

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