View Full Version : Wich Joystick or HOTAS should I use?

11-14-2005, 02:47 PM
Hello, I'm buying a new joystick for IL-2 FB and I don't know what joystick I can buy the best for it. please suggest me
(excuse me for my bad english I'm from the Netherlands)

11-14-2005, 02:47 PM
Hello, I'm buying a new joystick for IL-2 FB and I don't know what joystick I can buy the best for it. please suggest me
(excuse me for my bad english I'm from the Netherlands)

11-14-2005, 03:26 PM
Hi and welcome to the forum.


Many will agree that this is the best stuff for FB. For best results use joystick + pedals combo.

I personally use Saitek Cyborg EVO and I also have X45 but I wouldn't reccomend neither of those for FB.

TgD Thunderbolt56
11-14-2005, 03:34 PM
I use CH all the way. Also, you don't need the F16 Fighterstick (it's the BEST, just not necessary). I use the Flightstick Pro with Pro pedals and Prop throttle along with TIR3 Pro. This combo soaks up all WWII sims can dish out. It even works well in what little Lockon I've played.


11-14-2005, 03:40 PM
Hello Aars,

I come also from the Netherlands.

I have a Saitek X52 with a CH fighterstick.
The X52 has a nasty deadzone so thats why i have
a ch fighterstick. Not all x52 joysticks has
that fault. When the serial number is higher
than SZ00245477 then you will almost surely
have a good stick.

If you google you can surely find an online
company in Holland where you can buy one.

The only joystick i won`t buy is an logitech.
I read so many complains about that brand.

But watch out you also need rudder. So when you
buy a joystick alone (no hotass) you have to
watch that that joystick has a rudder.

Otherwise when you enough money to spend buy

- Saitek X45 (hotass)
- Saitek X52 (hotass)

I have also the CH rudders.

Look for example at the following sites


11-14-2005, 04:08 PM
I'm partial to the Saitek X-45 myself. My X-45 and TrackIR are the two purchases that turned me from a casual into a dedicated simmer.

When I first saw the X-45 in a retailer I couldn't imagine using such a huge complicated-looking piece of equipment - I was trading up from an old malfunctioning Thrustmaster joystick at the time - but once I got used to it I realized I could never go back.

Bearcat will probably join in here with a link to a source for inexpensive re-conditioned X-45s, but even brand new it's worth every dollar in my opinion.

I'll probably trade up to a full CH set at some point - I already have their pedals - but for now I'm entirely satisfied with the X-45.

11-14-2005, 06:20 PM
It's funny, I read all sorts of posts about how lousy Logitech joysticks are. They're actually not that bad, they're comfortable, the programming software is easy to use and I've never run into any compatibility problems.

Yes, they do wear out but then again so do my clothes, shoes, skis, snowboard, bike, car, COMPUTER, etc, etc. Logitech sticks are pretty inexpensive so when they wear out, and that's usually well after the warranty expires, I just go out and buy a new one.

I also like FPS games so I have a Belkin Nostromo N52 Speedpad, when I combine it with a Logitech stick it makes a very acceptable HOTAS rig. For me anyway http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_cool.gif

Good Hunting,

11-14-2005, 06:44 PM
Heres a nice HOTAS, works for me...


Hey were all allowed off the rails once in a while arent we? Oh god, please dont tell my girl she will go nuts LOL http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/35.gif

11-14-2005, 06:58 PM
I like my X52. Certainly not in the same league as the CH products but its a little more affordable. You can also program just about every feature in Il2 to a button on the stick with the three modes and shift key.

11-15-2005, 12:29 AM
From cheapest range to most expensive range:

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