The stick is really good, although the hand rest tends to get loose over time and you can't tighten it down. Doesn't impact controllability, it's just mildly annoying.The throttle is sticky out of the box. You will want to take the bottom off and lubricate it with Nyogel 767A dampening grease. Get a good squirt of it in there, and it'll smooth out and feel much better. Based on the quality of the T.Flight HOTAS I was not expecting this stick to be all that great, but it's actually quite well-made. It even has a couple of rubberized grips to make the handle feel less cheap.Unless you're in the market for one of the truly high-end sticks, this is probably the best blend of affordability and utility.
Excellent stick, best you can get for the money for Elite Dangerous/space sims. You will eventually need to pull the handle apart and shave some plastic from the Yaw pot cage (google). Over time it will drift because there's pressure from hand weight pressing down on it. Easily fixed with an exacto. The pot itself needs to be cleaned out with a q-tip and 91% isopropyl once a year or if drift occurs. Mine had a bunch of liquidized carbon inside that was easy to clean + clean the pot contacts. Good as new, and this is the most preferable stick for space sims because of button placement and specifically the TWS throttle.
What you need to know:For a budget space sim flight system, this is the ticket. It's very hard to find a decent stick (and throttle) that supports a twist on the joystick handle, and ample buttons and analog sticks for fancy things like gimbals and working MFDs. For this price point, nothing really beats it.The catch:They have those amazing Hall Effect sensors and boast about them, but they are NOT ON THE Z AXIS. Only X and Y. The Z axis has a cheap Chinese potentiometer, and after *maybe* 100 hours, it is spiking constantly, it's now impossible to play, even after using software to adjust a deadzone and other troubleshooting. (Spiking is when the axis is registering input randomly without you giving it any, as I found out) It's out of warranty, so I'm going to try my hand at repairs, but I will be looking elsewhere for my next stick. I am also getting lots of spiking on the rudder flap on the back of the throttle, I've had to just stop using that, and I assume it has a similar cause, though I haven't taken it apart yet.That's the big problem, but there's a few minor gripes as well. The horizontal slide of the throttle is not very satisfying, tends to stick and doesn't feel very accurate. You can adjust the stiffness, but it doesn't seem to help much. The stick is/was perfect imho, until the z axis wore out. The bottom buttons could use some lighting or better touch labeling I guess, it's hard to find the right button in the dark with just tiny little bumps to guide you, and.
I've been using this kit for 4 months now.Good:- Very good quality.- The joystick and throttle are both quite friendly for left-handed (yep, I am).- Nice set of features - a lot of buttons, switches, sliders and so.- Allows conveniently assign all critical controls on buttons - roll/pitch/yawn/throttle/prop/flaps/breaks/reverse/gears + 8-way look-around and return to default view.Ok:- Throttle requires to be adjusted and lubricated to provide really smooth movement.- Yawn control at throttle is ok. The pedal set is better but definitely better than nothing. I would say it is enough to regular operations with no-wind/low wind, but not precise enough to work through shifting winds or to fly helicopter.Bad:- Twist control on joystick is useless at best.- Worse, to provide twist abilities they have use quite a complex suspension and therefore it is almost impossible to manipulate one axis without significantly disturbing the others.- The spring is really heavy making precise manipulation almost impossible.All together make the joystick not the best one for flying in aviasim, especially in heavy weather, or to fly a helo.After 4 months I am still using the throttle and quite satisfied with it, but finally replaced the joystick with CH Flightstick pro and CH Pedals.
I bought this specifically for Elite Dangerous that I play in VR. For that purpose, the throttle is great because it has many buttons and thumb joysticks. The one weakness of the throttle for Elite is that it does not have a center detent (a way to feel the center of the throttle without looking at it). This can be fixed with magnets and glue or with velcro (search youtube for center detent on T16000 throttle) and after that.The joystick is ok, but I wish there were more buttons on the stick itself. The buttons on the base of the joystick are not great, because you have to take your hand off the joystick to reach them, and when in VR, they're not positioned intuitively and it takes some fumbling around to find the right button (although you get better at it over time).So for Elite Dangerous, I would recommend getting the throttle, making the center detent mod, and buying a different joystick such as a logitech one.