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Saitek X52 Joystick

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Reviewer Remarks

That's the overview out of the way, now my personal remarks and views about the X52.

X52 has a very solid 'feel' to it.



Nice, no, very nice! The feel of the whole unit is quality and although I still have reservations about a few things but I would not go back to my old stick. I always thought it was a bit of a strange remark about getting the feel of a new stick but believe me, this stick does get some getting use to.

Firstly with it being H.O.T.A.S., it feels a bit foreign having both hands controlling the plane and co-ordination is the first obstacle when moving to a H.O.T.A.S. system. But after a while the whole unit 'flows' in your hand, and flying Sims, especially FS2004 is a real joy and having set the stick up with the SST software, there is no need to go to the keyboard at all.

My overall opinion of the X52 is an excellent piece of kit, enough buttons to program what functions you want and nicely laid out.

If you are in the market for a H.O.T.A.S. system the Saitek X52 FCS is definitely one to seriously consider.

On a cautionary note…I have an Asus motherboard with the Nforce 2 chip set and the joystick section of the X52 set up stops responding after a prolonged period of inactivity although the throttle unit still works. I have to unplug the system from the USB port and plug it back in again for the system to start working.

After questioning Saitek about the problem they said there was an ‘issue’ with Nforce chipsets. I downloaded updated drivers (SD_WinXP_4_3_3_1727) but then found I had problems profiling the joystick, so uninstalled the new drivers and went back to the original drivers that came on the CD. I now only plug the joystick in when I’m going to use it, it’s a small sacrifice to make for such an excellent piece of kit.

Pro's and Con's


  • Solid feel

  • Well positioned button layout

  • Lots of programmable buttons and configurations

  • Twist Rudder on stick

  • Extra big 2 position Trigger switch

  • Programmable Multi Function Display

  • Easy USB installation

  • Dual Hat Switches


  • SST software doesn't work 100% for all computers

  • "Flip" switch is not needed

  • Large 'footprint', This stick takes a lot of space on the desk



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