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Saitek X52 Flight Control System Review

   -   March 26, 2006
Category: Input Devices
GFCityComputers
Price: $99


Introduction
Saitek�s company website claims their focus is to build products for gamers that are designed by gamers. It is easy to believe this claim as they produce some of the most intense products available to the serious gamer. After entering the gaming market in 1993 Saitek appears to have really hit their stride judging by some of their latest products. The company manufactures a decent sized arsenal of weapons for all types of gamers to utilize. From steering wheels and control pads to keyboards and innovative looking joysticks such as the X52 Flight Control System that we are looking at today.


Closer Look
The first thing you will notice about the Saitek X52 is the overall quality of the individual pieces of packaging. The large box slides out from a nicely designed matte finished sleeve before opening up like a large lunchbox revealing the joystick, pardon me�flight control system and its accompanying components. Inside there are; the two parts of the joystick being the throttle and stick itself, suction cups for added stability, an instruction manual and a cable to connect the throttle to the stick.


Features: Overview
  • Precision engineering, ergonomic design and a detailed fusion of features deliver maximum aeronautical authenticity
  • Advanced programming provided by Saitek Smart Technology (SST) software
  • Enhanced game play through intuitive Multi-Function display (MFD)
  • lluminated buttons and MFD - ideal for low light environments
  • Rubber grips and ergonomic design for increased comfort and fatigue-free gaming
  • Part metal construction for increased durability and authenticity
  • Includes Roger Wilco Chat software - the ideal accompaniment for on-line multiplayer gaming

Features: 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


Features: 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



  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Closer Look contenued
  3. Testing & Conclusion
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