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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


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  • Doug S.
  • 9/29/2014 1:30:00 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

1 out of 5 eggsPathetic quality control

Pros: Lots of button. That is it.

Cons: This setup is plagued by ghost button pressing. The driver software is also well documented as causing an array of issues for mainly AMD users, however I'm willing to bet you will find some issues for Intel as well if you looked for them.

The first problem started in Falcon BMS with ghost button presses making the game impossible to play. period.

I moved on to DCS and was greeted with the exact same problem. Only now I can't run any communications software like Teamspeak or ventrillo in addition to the ghosting issue.

I tried a few others like warthunder etc....all the same issues.

If you go on the net and look around you can find instances where people have dissembled this product for the purpose of reviewing it. What they found was that the insides of it were just as poorly put together as the software and drivers were to run it.

Other Thoughts: I spent 2 months and one week trying every possible fix/workaround on the internet.

Because I was extremely thorough I was told by Newegg I couldn't return this pile of junk as to much time had passed.

So of course I contacted saitek who only offered to replace product, which obviously is not going to help when the issues are specifically related to their horrible driver programming interfaced with AMD systems.

I can't tell you how tired I am dealing with sites like Newegg who have become clearing houses for garbage electronics. These people know darn well there is a serious problem with this product yet they do nothing rectify the issue.

Had I been like everyone else and just flipped saitek the bird at the first hint of a problem like the other 99% of purchasers I could have gotten my money back no problem. But, because I take returns seriously and tried to work out every possible fix and workaround I get stuck with a pile of junk; New Egg looses a decade long customer; and saitek looses any future purchases from me.

This saitek x-55 is going into the garbage. The only way this could get any worse is by me spending any more of my time doing research and development for saitek WHICH I PAID To DO FOR THEM.

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  • Nicolas F.
  • 9/23/2014 1:55:48 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsHOTAS Flight stick Could have been great

Pros: Great Flight stick design
Cool Looking
Good to Great build quality
Lots of buttons and toggle switches

Cons: Button layout is a bit tricky to get used to when jumping from the cheaper sticks.
Finding one that works is a tedious process not worth the money to go through.

Other Thoughts: As of this reveiw I am on my second X55. The first worked but the throttle was shorting and sending false button presses. Second worked, but the secondary throttle is dead. It is actually tied to the rotary 3 dial. Don't know how they managed that. I really do like this stick, but I am not willing to try for a third time to get a working one. The joystick it self is great however, just getting a properly working throttle is a major challenge. I am going to opt instead for the X52 pro as they have a much better reputation.

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  • Kenny J.
  • 9/19/2014 2:21:01 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

2 out of 5 eggsI Hope My Opponents Buy This!

Pros: The amount of buttons and hat switches is awesome. It looks SICK!

Cons: I own the x52 Pro, bought the x55, sent the x55 back and here is why:

The ergonomics of the stick are simply atrocious. The button/hat placement is not comfortable at all and requires some serious finger gymnastics in order to quickly reach when you need them. The hats on the throttle are too close together and the red thrust button sits far too close to your palm requiring you to tuck your thumb back in an uncomfortable position if you want to keep your forefingers on the buttons in the front of the throttle. The amount of force required to twist the stick is far too great and will fatigue your wrist in a single dogfight. Moving your thumb from the thumb button on the stick to the hats at the top require you to lift your thumb high enough to clear the frame and you'll likely have to slide your entire hand up the stick in order to reach everything up there and unless you have MASSIVE hands you will have to take your hand completely away from a comfortable position to reach the pinky and thumb buttons. The pinky switch feels like it will eventually snap and it is not comfortable, nor is the button that sits behind it. I also don't like the fact that there is no hat switch on the front of the throttle like there is on the X52 Pro. This was perfect for thrusting up, down, left, and right while allowing your thumb the freedom to access other functions. I don't like that they moved the mouse wheel on the throttle all the way to the side where you would have to crook your pinky over to reach it. Finally, the tension on the throttle could be a little looser and is too tight even on the loosest setting.

Other Thoughts: This was really disappointing because I'm a control freak and the amount of buttons and knobs on this thing is epic; not to mention the thing also looks sick. Unfortunately, the way it's laid out just ruins your gaming experience. I think the only good thing I got out of trying this stick is knowing that some of my opponents will own one. Get an x52 Pro instead.

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  • Zachary D.
  • 9/1/2014 10:18:37 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsHalf the Cost of the Next Step Up

Pros: - Build quality has not disappointed
- You need to map a function? There's a button for that!
- The twist axis for yaw is highly underrated (and lacking from most other sticks I've used)
- The Rhino software allows for extensive customization, including adjusting dead zone and sensitivity.
- Allows mapping of keyboard keys to circumvent many compatibility issues.

Cons: - Still lacking full support from many games, since this is such a new product.
- the amount of buttons and switches makes for a long learning process to adapt to utilizing it all without shifting focus from the game

Other Thoughts: Bought this for Star Citizen. Older games aren't much of a concern of mine and I wouldn't have expected it to work natively with games that require emulation. It's an absolutely fantastic HOTAS stick which hits the peak of quality and price before escalating into the "professional" level gear (like the Thrustmaster Warthog or the old X-65)

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  • Michael w.
  • 8/28/2014 11:40:09 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsZero defects

Pros: Feels great
Supported by most new games
Great value for the money

Cons: Not supported by older games

Other Thoughts: A lot of people have reported DOAs but I got mine with zero problems and love it.

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  • Timothy S.
  • 8/28/2014 1:05:03 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGreat HOTAS, A few small issues

Pros: 1. Adjustable tension on the joystick through the use of interchangeable springs.
2. Adjustable tension on the throttle through the use of a rotary dial on the base.
3. The use of high resolution hall sensors for a great deal of accuracy.
4. Improved software which allows for multiple device configurations and tuning.
5. Split throttle for the use of multi-engine systems, can be locked for single engines.
6. Green LED Back-lighting.
7. Throttle is smooth and feels commanding.

Cons: 1. The joystick takes some force to get it away from center.
2. All plastic design.
3. With the tension high on the throttle it will tend to move around on your desk.
4. The plastic shows fingerprints easily.
5. Switches on base of throttle are momentary.
6. Hat switches on throttle are easily activated.
7. Joystick is very large, small hands may find it difficult to use.

Other Thoughts: Overall this is a great HOTAS and has plenty of options to make it an ideal candidate for complex flight simulation. It is also simple enough to use on basic games and will allow you to learn and grow with your simulators and games. Cannot ask for much more at a 200.00 price point.

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  • Glenn L.
  • 8/23/2014 9:07:48 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat HOTAS

Pros: This is a HUGE upgrade from my Cyborg 3D. The throttle movement is great, the joystick movement is just fine. The versatility / array of keys and switches is really nice for customizing. (However, i'm an idiot and usually can't remember what key I bound to what switch ... i don't care for generic button labels, but not much you can do about that).
Both Joystick and Throttle bases are solid and don't move about. Some people complain about them being plastic, but i don't mind at all. The feel of the stick and throttle is not bad at all.

Cons: These "con's" aren't the biggest issue, because I still REALLY like this HOTAS. But, if i have to list some, then these are them:
Joystick buttons are very spread out. I can't reach the top two HAT's very well.
On the throttle, I'm mot sure what the SLD is for, and the small black knob next to the two HAT's on the side of the right engine throttle doesn't do anything. Not sure if broke or I just can't figure it out.

Other Thoughts: I do NOT use the saitek profiler. I've read some complaints about it, and with profilers i've used before, I've never had any luck with them. But good news ... You don't need the profiler. I've been playing the DCS titles, and it works just fine to bind specific actions to the joystick and throttle buttons directly.

Before buying this, i read a bunch of negative comments about this HOTAS, but i'm here to say that I am really happy with this, I have no reservations for purchasing this over it's x2 priced rival.

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  • maryell r.
  • 8/19/2014 5:26:54 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsgreat HOTAS

Pros: It has an interchangeable spring system for different tension in the stick.
There are countless control surfaces, buttons, knobs, switches and slides. Plus there is a mode switch that let you change controller schemes on the fly. \
The double throttle stick becomes really useful in gamers where you have multiple control axis.
(ie mechwarrior, star citizen, arma 3)
(and for those games where you don’t need the double throttle you have a really nifty way to combine them with one slider)
Overall really great

Cons: the hotas is a little large... i have medium size hands and sometimes have trouble..... but i eventually got used to it.
the program that is needed to run it sucks and is really clunky . but once you get the initial setup done you golden .

Other Thoughts: great product

bad support for the product

still worth it

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  • Anonymous
  • 8/13/2014 3:44:06 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsBroken & poor Support. (AVOID)

Pros: Looks nice and has ALOT of buttons.

Cons: Ungodly big base, oh yea .. and its broken and their support blows.

Also Hat Switches are NOT SWITCHES they are 2x way buttons. When you go to FLIP THEM they just click and reset to middle AKA A button.. they are not Switches at all ...

Other Thoughts: I had this item set too remind me when newegg got them back ins tock. Building my cockpit w/ obutto r3volution.

Got the stick in earlyer then I needed it.. was still working on get the rest of it set up, .. So it has set on the ground next to my obutto r3volution for a few months now. Have everything set up, my 3x screens, 2x 780 ti ect ect and Now elite dangerous. However when I start it up .. the ship keeps rolling right. After recalibrating a few times and reading ... I kind of notice that the Rudder (twist in the stick) has 2 points that it resets too. When you twist the stick it should pop back to 12:00 and recenter. However when you Twist right its like it Hangs coming back and sticks at 12:20 so you have a little lisp in your contorols .. you can then force it back to stick at 12:00 .. but thats a pain . Only happens when you turn right.

I then open A support ticket sat night. Monday they send me A generic message about uninstalling and reinstalling the software and drivers... I am sure that I explained it was hardware issue the first time. However I do all these steps know this is not going too fix jack. After doing so, I reply to the email ... have not heard anything from them in more then 48hours ... I have to call them to issues A ram.

So now I have too pay 30.00 in shipping to get this item fixxed that I have never even used and .. its going too take 2 weeks
Cheaply made Product and poor support. Newegg should stop carring there items.

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  • Justin F.
  • 7/31/2014 3:16:34 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsGreat Stick. Bad Software

Pros: Lots of buttons, dials, toggles.
Feels great in your hand, despite being plastic.
Nice positive clicks when buttons are used.
Adjustable tension is a really nice feature.

Cons: I absolutely haven't been able to get the drivers from the website to install. The .exe hangs and does not finish. In discussions with their customer support trying to get it to work. Unfortunately without the dirver install finishing, the support software won't recognize the stick/throttle which leaves me unable to fine tune the device.

Fortunately, Widows appears to recognize them, so I am able to calibrate them through the Game Controller Setting and use them anyway.

Minor Cons:
Some of the toggles are in awkward to reach places and are impossible to use if the throttle is in the right spot.

Other Thoughts: I've seen a lot of complaints that this is made of plastic. Of course it is at this price.

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