Saitek X52 Pro Review » Long Term Honest User Review

Is this the H.O.T.A.S. system to fulfill your flight & space sim gaming needs? Irishlad147 reviews the impressive Saitek X52 Pro.

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▼X52 Pro Throttle Detent Mod

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Saitek’s X52 Pro Flight H.O.T.A.S. System is a fully integrated hands on stick and throttle flight controller that meets or exceeds the demands of the best flight simulator pilots. Featuring an upgraded multifunction LCD which shows in-game data in real time, a progressive throttle with tension adjustment, plus an adjustable joystick with a self-centering mechanism. The X52 Pro takes all the standout features from the original X52 and elevates them to a higher altitude.

▼Dual-Spring Centering Mechanism▼

A highly accurate centering mechanism ensures the joystick will easily return to the neutral position after you let go. Non-contact technology on the X and Y axes enhance control while increasing durability. And, the stick becomes more resistant as it moves farther away from the center position.

▼Advanced Grip Adjustment System▼

A five-position handle adjustment system conforms to your grip style and hand size. And to promote maximum comfort during long flights, the joystick’s handle also features contours which harmonize with your digits.

▼3D Twist with Rudder Lock▼

The joystick’s twist rudder controls add another dimension of command to simulated flight. If you prefer more traditional control, a rudder lock switch disables the twist capabilities and confines input to the X and Y axes.

▼Progressive Throttle with Resistance Adjustment▼

The throttle unit’s progressive functionality improves aircraft response. Detents – physical markings indicating where a certain action takes places – simplify control of your plane’s idle and reverse thrusters. Yet another customizable feature found on the X52 Pro, a tension adjustment dial lets you change the throttle’s resistance to suit the way you fly.

▼Multifunction LCD Display▼

The X-52 Pro’s LCD screen – with adjustable backlighting – enables you to view information about your button configurations with only a quick glance. Even more beneficial is the ability to directly manipulate radio stack information in FSX, X-Plane, Prepar3D, and most flight simulation software. You can then use the buttons residing below the Multifunction Display (MFD) to cycle through essential radio stack functions. A downloadable Software Development Kit allows you to create your own MFD interactions.

List of some flight/space sim games to play with X52 Pro:

Flight Simulator X
X-Plane 10
X-Plane 9
Star Citizen
Elite Dangerous
DCS World
DCS: A-10C Warthog
DCS: Black Shark 2
DCS: UH-1H Huey
Lock On: Flaming Cliffs 3
Rise of Flight
Arma 3
Falcon 4.0: Allied Force
Falcon BMS 4.32
War Thunder

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Gary says:

Hi thanks for the review…my throttle has reversed it’s axis in Rise of Flight i.e. I now have to push forward to DECREASE throttle and pull back to INCREASE throttle…anyone else experienced this or have a possible solution?

Crossbow Hunter says:

Would this hots system be fine for fsx or not enough buttons

Matthew Wagner says:

1. If your willing to remove the detents… I’m pretty sure you can change the springs by taking apart the stick… which would also void the warranty. There are other options as well you can find on YouTube.
2. You SHOULD install the programming software if you are giving a review… Using that the joystick has hundreds of buttons and will enable you to use it as a complete HOTAS without need for other buttons, regardless of what game you are playing.
3. The screen has important functions when you are using the programming feature as well as timing cargo runs and such.
4. I use my X52 pro with drivers for Windows 7 in a USB 3.0 on Windows 7 OS.
Watch my video series on using the X52 or X52Pro for Elite Dangerous. Then you can throw that gamepad to the side as you won’t need that, or the keyboard or mouse…(I do use the keyboard for typing messages to players though)

WayneSnr says:

Good vid. From Galway myself . WayneSnr on elite. Join us on discord

ScorpioNick says:

I’m looking to upgrade from my standard x52 to the pro (it’s starting to sometimes ‘twitch’ for no discernible reason, and I have to basically manhandle it for about 5-10 seconds to fix it). I’ve looked at the x55 but I’m so used to the x52 setup, it’s great actually. I just hope the pro will last longer.

scouseruk1210 says:

nice review,think ill order this and get back into elite dangerous 🙂

Athrael Emathors says:

The LED controll buttons and scrollwheels at the throttle base can be bound to functions in star citizen.

Imperial Gaming says:

I have brought the X52 Pro Flight Simulator Controller and its coming this week, what would be good is if you could do a video and the Game settings for the joystick to see how it play this way people could copy your controller settings.THANKS for another great video and review. +1 Sub.

Melvin Splash says:

keeping the sticks calibration/test screen open in the background will let you bind/use all buttons in elite dangerous without the need for the super buggy saitek smart software.

ShillBullshit007 says:

Can you do a review on irish women? Apparently they are born with rolling pins? Is this true…I saw it on the t.v?

Thac0 Gamers says:

Took me a bit to figure out what the “trottle” was. I’m dumb… Great video though, thanks!

UgunnaLoveThis says:

Very nice review, Thank you for that. I was wondering though if you have had issues with the glue of your Orbweaver seeping out from under the pad’s and if you have what did you do to fix it? Asking because we got our’s around the same time. I love it but i need a fix because it’s starting to get messy. Take care and keep up the great work.

Will Wilson says:

Thank-you for a great and concise review; appreciate it, You’ve got a great manner that’s sadly lacking in many reviewers. Side note: A nice ‘ghetto’ substitute in place of an Orb Weaver or G13 is a simple and cheap USB external numeric keypad. It’s great if you’re on a budget (you can find them for as little $10) or only plan to use such a device for one game. Cheers and thanks again.

GZA036 says:

The Trottle and Bootuns

Frank Hamann says:

Irishlad147, Great vid. You have convinced me to get the x52 pro. Add me on steam. maddog666_1976

Wayne72LEVRAI says:

I change the spring and removed the detent on throttle, perfect.

sandspar says:

Good intermediate stick. Best for ergonomics… BUT… TM Warthog is the “concert” level instrument. After 2 years it is just like the first day; rock solid, responsive, and HEAVY. Big Boy system. X-52 is definitely #2.

Chris Dalby says:

The screen is essential for Flight Sim games (P3D, FSX etc) as it adds the radio stack and other commands. Its as useful as tits on a bull in ED of course, but its not a one trick pony.

Steven Horne says:

I don’t have much function in my right hand. I’m not able to push any buttons with my right hand. In the past I’ve used a
Saitek Cyborg 3D Gold. It’s a very ambidextrous stick. I’m wondering if I could use all the buttons on the Pro Flight X52 throttle that a normal person would use on the stick?

Phillip Mulligan says:

In some cases the X-52 is better than my X-55. It may have less buttons and some gamers like the layout over the X-55. The joystick is better in feel than the X-55. Still I grew used to my X-55 and love it once I took it off the desk and screwed to the side of my chair armrests.

Sean Smylie says:

I use a Force Feedback 2 and keyboard for playing Elite, is the Saitek much of an upgrade considering the price? I like the resistance on the FF stick.

Fayke Vagabond says:

Hey nice review! I was wondering when you bought the x52 pro because I hear that MadCatz bought out the original company that produced this joystick and they reduced build quality after that.
 I HATE MadCatz they have proven their crap quality to me over 3x (2x of their products broke for me within 2 weeks of purchase one of those 2 literally broke the FIRST DAY i owned it- ps2 controllers) the third product took about a month or 2 to break if i remember correctly. This was about 15 years ago but I hear they are still up to their cheap quality ways. seriously felt like I was robbed at 7 years old by madcatz.

 The main reason I would be paying around 200$ for a joystick like this would be so It can last a few years (hopefully 3-5+ years) and this is my main concern- Ive actually promised myself I would never buy a madcatz product again… they have really proved their shit quality to me before; however the x52 pro really seems like the PERFECT setup for the price, for me. I love the button placements, features and even the looks, but if it wont greatly outlast the 1 year warranty I just cant justify paying about 200$ for a joystick every year..or even every 2 years!
The main reason I’d buy a x52 PRO over the x52 is it is supposed to have better QUALITY! Now madcatz own the whole company so idk what to think.

Your review seems like the most recent one I can find; I think madcatz took over about 2-3 years ago so if you have bought it within that timeframe then I think I might take the risk on the build quality. Other reviewers always rave over this product but i suspect they have bought it before madcatz was in the picture and they say their joystick works similar to new after 2 years!! I don’t want to throw money away because of madcatz being a cheapass company again!! especially 200$ for a lemon stick.

If its only gonna last less than 2 years I think I might as well buy a cheap 50$ thrustmaster instead. wish madcatz would go out of buisiness so I dont have to worry about buying crap products under the name of something they bought out and then cheapened.

I hate madcatz even more for putting me in this situation (why do they, of all companies, have to buy out the company that has the perfect flight stick for me. FFS), I might risk buying a 3+ year old x52 pro used for like 100$ rather than a new one with cheaper parts and so I don’t support madcatz, I’m really not sure. Sorry for the long comment, but seriously- fuck madcatz.

Lemme know when you bought this please, it will help my decision!!! If you can think of a similar flight stick for similar price that is not now owned by madcatz I would definitely be interested.

person 2000 says:

I didn’t know conor McGregor did joystick reviews haha

MrThreeWorlds says:

Nice review mate. Cheers!

stalker Linux says:

i can see the big deadzone in your video it sucks

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