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Saitek X52 Flight Control System

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  • Precision Dual-Spring Centering Mechanism
  • Advanced Grip Adjustment System
  • 3D Twist with Rudder Lock

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Saitek X52 Flight Control System
Ships from Hong Kong. Most customers receive within 6-18 days.
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Saitek Pro Flight Combat Series X52 H.O.T.A.S. System for PC and Mac
Precise Combat Flight Sim Action

Smooth and Accurate Combat Flight Simulator Action

The X52 helps make you the ace in your squadron with its full arsenal of buttons, switches, and multiple control axes. Saitek's X52 defines precise flight simulator operation, employing a multifunction LCD for easy access to an astounding 282 programmable commands. Coordinate your flight plan with clock and stopwatch function, plus an adjustable handle to accommodate a wide range of hand sizes.

Precision Dual-Spring Centering Mechanism

A highly accurate centering mechanism ensures the joystick will easily return to the neutral position whenever you need it to. Non-contact technology on the X and Y axes, along with constant spring force, enhance control while increasing durability.

Advanced Grip Adjustment System

Advanced Grip Adjustment System

A five-position handle adjustment system conforms to your grip style. 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

Boasting detents for afterburner and idle, the throttle unit's progressive functionality improves aircraft response. Yet another customizable feature found on the X52, a tension adjustment dial lets you choose the throttle's resistance to suit the way you fly.

Multifunction LCD Display

Multifunction LCD Display

The X52'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 screen to cycle through essential radio stack functions.

Powerful Programming Software

Powerful Programming Software (PC Only)

After installing downloadable software, you are then free to create custom profiles for different flight sim software. Three mode settings and a pinkie switch provide enhanced programming options for even more control options in your favorite sim.

    Product Includes:

  • Saitek Combat Series X52 Joystick Unit
  • Saitek Combat Series X52 Throttle Unit with 4.6ft/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, Combat Simulation, and Space Simulation Software

    Product Features:

  • The market-leading brand in flight simulator hardware
  • 23 buttons, three 8-way hat switches, and 7 control axes provide a stunning 54 commands
  • Programming software elevates the total number of programmable commands to 282
  • Multifunction Display (MFD) screen to check programmed command names
  • Joystick with precision centering mechanism, non-contact technology on X and Y axes, and constant spring force
  • 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

Model

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Brand
Saitek
Model
X52
Part
PS28

Details

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Type
Flight Control System
System Requirement
System Requirements:
Windows 8, 7, Vist & XP
USB 2.0 Port

Works great with:
FSX
FS2004
Aero Fly
Arma 2
Arma 3
DCS World
DCS: Black Shark
DCS: Flaming Cliffs 3
Enemy Engaged 2
Falcon 4
Falcon BMS
Falcon: Allied Force
Flaming Cliffs 1 & 2
IL-2 Sturmovik: 1946
IL-2 Sturmovik: Birds of Prey
IL-2 Sturmovik: Cliffs of Dover
IL-2 Sturmovik: Forgotten Battles
Lock On: Modern Air Combat
Microsoft Combat Flight Simulator
Pacifc Fighters
Red Baron 2012
Rise of Flight
Strike Fighters 2
Strike Fighters 2: Europe
Strike Fighters 2: Israel
Strike Fighters 2: Vietnam
TIE Fighter Special Edition
War Thunder
WarBirds III
WarBirds: Dogfights 2012
Wings of Prey
World of Warplanes
X-Plane 10
X-Wing Special Edition

Features

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Features
Precision Dual-Spring Centering Mechanism

Advanced Grip Adjustment System

3D Twist with Rudder Lock

Progressive Throttle with Resistance Adjustment

Multifunction LCD Display

Powerful Programming Software (PC Only)

Package Contents

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Package Contents
Joystick
Joystick Unit with 5.00' /1.20 m PS/2 Connector Cable (connects to Throttle Unit)
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
2x 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
Throttle Unit w 4.60' / 1.40 m USB Connector Cable
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
2x 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
Warranty, Returns, And Additional Information
  • Warranty
  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 0 day
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Ownership: more than 1 year
Verified Owner
1/ 5
Bad Quality and Overpriced

Pros: -Has a Throttle & Lots of Buttons

Cons: -Stopped working after a month...

Other Thoughts: I opened it up and all the wires inside where cut from the metal tube at the bottom of the joystick, the wires are too short to splice back together, I wouldn't recommend, this thing is way overpriced for its build quality.

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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Verified Owner
5/ 5
Excellent! Affordable and versatile

Pros: -Plenty of HOTAS controls
-Smooth throttle and stick
-All buttons and switches are easy to reach
-Very small deadzones

Cons: -Stick spring is a little light
-Overall, it doesn't weigh much so it tends to come up off the desk during sharp maneuvers
-The profiler software is a little hard to figure out, but useful once you do.

Other Thoughts: I highly recommend this product. For the price, it is easily one of the better stick/throttle combinations out there. It's "Pro" version cousin is about 50-60 dollars more expensive depending on sales, and the only difference seems to be this one uses more plastic. It has enough buttons and switches to be useful, especially once you figure out how to set profiles. There is a mode selector, so the stick has the potential to have 3 entirely different button configurations that are very easy to change between once you set them up.

I use this for DCS, which is a very involved flight simulator and I don't have any issue mapping all of the HOTAS controls onto this stick. The only downside is that the spring on the joystick is a little light, so small corrections to course can be difficult to do with precision.

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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Verified Owner
1/ 5
Was great while it lasted, less then a month and a half

Pros: Made Elite dangerous so much more enjoyable

Cons: Pitch axis no longer works after little over a month, it sends a signal as if the joystick is being yanked back causing a endless loopty loop.

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Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
Verified Owner
4/ 5
I've been missing out on so much fun for all these years.

Pros: -works flawlessly.
-great response, i feel like I could perform surgery with this thing
-feels and looks quality
-adds more immersion than you'd imagine
-must have for Elite Dangerous and the coming wave of space sims.
-very comfortable for people with smaller hands, easily adjustable. I'm set halfway up on the joystick and it feels and looks fine.
-Gave me one of my best gaming experiences to date (E:D pirate hunting, neck and neck, pirate blows open my cockpit and im running on 5 minutes of reserve O2. No HUD, no sound, just my trusty controller and a few missiles left, I blow that sucker to space dust and quickly jump to the nearest station. I jump in, get approved for docking and cant see the normal HUD my canopy provides to see where I need to land. There's a small shard of glass in the corner still sticking to my ship and I see the tell tell sliver of the docking alignment, and like a leaf on the wind I flip around 180*, roll 180* during the turn to save time, and gently set her down with 12 seconds of air to spare.)

Cons: -throttle detent is a bit annoying, and hard to remove.
-not heavy enough to really stay in place with just the suction cups. In more intense moments of gaming I tend to knock them around.

Other Thoughts: -If this is your first HOTAS controller, you picked the right one. Don't go for the cheaper models.
-having never used a joystick before i found myself intuitively figuring it out very very quickly. After one week it's as natural as anything.

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Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
Verified Owner
2/ 5
Bad Firmware, outdated software

Pros: Great for FSX, especially if you know how to program it.
Throttle has smooth function and the added buttons make flying a lot easier.
Software is relatively user friendly.

Cons: -Prone to defects (the firmware in the stick itself may be flawed causing it to loose it's calibration every few minutes
-feels sort of light, plastic, poorly constructed
-Profile software that came with the CD is outdated and will not work, remember to download the new version from their website. DO NOT use the CD.

Other Thoughts: Out of the box it looked pretty nice, took a day to understand the Software (remember to download it, don't use the CD). Then I discovered the firmware was bad. The joystick kept rebooting and loosing it's calibration while I was flying. Saitek tech support is awful, so if you have this problem, send it to Newegg.

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1/ 5
Blue lights blinking fixed

Pros: Works great while it works, until it dies. This is the second one I've had, for more than a year now, and it's still working fine. But....

Cons: The first one lasted about 2 years, then started with the blinking blue lights, and not working. I read all the forums, did all the uninstall/reinstall drivers, alternate drivers, registry hacks, plugging in and unplugging in this order and that. Nothing had the slightest effect. Then I took it apart. The wiring bundle that comes from the handle to the inside of the base had a broken wire! The wires are TINY, there is no strain relief, and they rub against the end of the metal tube they come out of. I repaired that wire, and tested the stick while it was still all apart. Problem solved, the stick worked perfectly. Unfortunately, I accidentally cut 3 other wires during re-assembly, ran out of patience, and ordered the second X52. X52 number 2 is still going strong, more than a year later. X52 number 1 is still in a box, in a million pieces. So, I have a spare throttle, if I ever need it. And a soldering project if I ever get motivated enough to fix the first stick.

Other Thoughts: The people who praise the operation of the X52 because they haven't had any problems yet are correct. The people who are unhappy with it because they have had problems are also correct. It IS cheaply constructed, so it's luck of the draw if you get one that lasts, or even works. It's a shame that a simple design flaw should cause so many unhappy customers. Still, when I had to buy another stick, even knowing the internal workings of this stick, I bought the same thing again.

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Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
Verified Owner
3/ 5
Worked great for a day

Pros: Lots of options for button layout. Creating profiles for mapping key bindings to buttons and customization is great.

Cons: After about a day the twist function started getting "twitchy", while in the neutral position it would start sending a signal like it was being twisted to the right very rapidly which made playing some games very difficult, if not impossible.

Other Thoughts: Good HOTAS, I may have just gotten the runt of the litter

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Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
Verified Owner
5/ 5
Great prodcut

Pros: -sturdy
-good grip
-led lights
-aesthetics

Cons: -gotta put it away once i'm done lol

Other Thoughts: So I play Elite Dangerous and Star Citizen(Alpha). Those games I would use my xbox one controller, for some reason I still found it hard to fly and dogfight with the controller, keyboard and mouse is literally impossible for me. Using this Saitek, Man alive! Besides I get an instant immersion feeling, I can actually fly the crafts, it only took a few seconds to adjust to it, but once I did. Like night and day.

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