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Saitek X52 Flight Control Joystick

Released on 26 November 2004

Manufacturer: Saitek

4.0 out of 5 (4 customer reviews) | Write a review

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The most fully integrated flight control system with a complete range of instrument options to replace the keyboard controls

Non-contact technology on X and Y axes and stainless steel pivot shaft for precision control and prolonged life

Rubber grips and ergonomic design for increased comfort and fatigue free gaming

Multi-function display (MFD) indicates profile, mode, shift state and time details

Illuminated (backlit) buttons - ideal for night flying

Free download for Roger Wilko voice recognition software

Clutch button initiates "safe mode" for on-the-fly profile selection and displays button functionality without activating


  • 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
  • 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

    customer Reviews

     Average rating (4 reviews)

     X52 Joystick

    | | See all coldturkey's reviews (1)

    I recieved this joystick today, and i must say that it is a fantastic piece of engineering. Using it with flight sim x is a pure joy and i cant recommend this highly enough. Although it looks to b designed sepcifically for combat sims it does the job brilliantly on a normal flight sim.But my next purchase will ba combat flight sim to give it a real test!! I love the fact that there is over 30 buttons to press and play with, never ending amusement for even the worst pilots like myself.

     Brilliant, great idea for a great price

    | | See all dooglemcdermit's reviews (1)

    I ordered the X52 about a month ago now, the first delivery, although quick, as usual from play.com was incomplete. The PS2 cable required to connect the throttle and joystick was missing, so having sent that one back i was eagerly awaiting the arrival of my replacement. When it arrived a week later I quickly wired it up to my PC and awaited the results. The blue MFD and highlighted buttons makes you want to turn of the lights and bathe in the joysticks glowing light.
    With almost 40 buttons on the control then the option to have three different modes as well as a 'pinkie' mode to double up the buttons provides about 240 buttons. The software that comes with the product allows the joystick to 'pretend' to act on the keyboard. For example, on flight simulator when G is pressed to lower the gear, a joystick can be programmed to act as the 'G' key.
    The safe fire cover is a great, and realistic, feature however, due to the characteristics of FS, it's not really usable in that way.
    The grip on the throttle providing a certain amount of tension for afterburner and flight idle is a brilliant, realistic feature.
    Overall I'd say that the X52 is a brilliant peice of periphal and a great deal for £85.

     A great idea let down by poor build

    | | See all stealthwolf's reviews (2)

    When I first saw this joystick, I almost ruined my laptop with drool. After shelling out almost £100, I was eager to play with it.

    The layout is great and the controllers are very comfortable. However, I was disappointed with the joystick's movement. There is a significant deadspace around the centre of the stick which means you can't use small motions of the hand to move your plane by small amounts - you have to push a lot more than should be necessary to raise or lower the nose of your craft. This isn't down to sensitivity settings either!

    The throttle is better with adjustable stiffness though the range of setting isn't huge.

    The MFD is pretty much useless. It'll tell you the time, or you can use it as a stopwatch but that's about it. The only useful thing it does is tell you the key that a joystick button represents.

    My Squadron Commander joystick was better than the saitek in terms of sensitivity as well as having 10 buttons programmable in three modes.

    The blue leds were initially cool but after a while, they hurt your eyes (I play in the dark) so being able to set their brightness (all the way to 0) was nice.

    Go try this joystick in the shop first and if you like it, go buy the Pro version which is basically an improved, more refined version of this joystick.

     the best flight controller eva.

    | | See all stevejacko's reviews (1)

    i bought mine a few months back, and it's been absolutly briliant. throutle controller, and joy stick are a joy to use,
    enough buttons to keep the most button mad person happy, programing it to make it different for different games, and vehicle within games makes it really versatile. i'm being a complete geek and getting the pedals to go with it, for helicopter flying, its going to be a must. the ony thing missing, is force feed back, to make it feel really authentic. never mind. its worth every penny.
    go on treat your self.

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