Saitek X52 Unboxing and Opinion

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After going through a no-name stick, Thrustmaster T16000M, Thrustmaster Warthog, I tried the X52 and after a couple of months with it, will be moving on again. I just can’t do it anymore.

It doesn’t feel as good (precise) as the T16000M and the indents in the throttle (which require dis-assembly to fix) are just idiotic as a default feature – for me. Sigh. I would try the X52 Pro, but there’s enough bad things about the X52 standard for me to be scared off trying…

Note: The indents in the throttle are realistic for flight sims, but the fact that the throttle lifts off the desk because of them – and that they are impossible to remove without dis-assembly – means they’re a huge problem for space sims needing 0% and 100% throttle access.

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I began my gaming journey via the family Commodore Vic-20, then later with my own C-64 and Amiga A600. These systems kept my attention until I moved up to PCs around the Windows MS-DOS Pre-Windows 95 era, which means I never really got into the console gaming market in a big way.

My parents spent a significant amount of time sharing my early gaming experiences, and this really helped foster my interests. I discovered racing games and space games for the first time, and those are still my main genres of interest to this day.

These days I use gaming to try to escape from the pressures of real life. I also occasionally upload or stream gameplay to YouTube and Twitch, and rather than doing this to instruct others of the best way to play, I do it because of the social interaction with viewers and other gamers.

Left: Monkey Island 2 Special Edition (a remaster of the original Amiga and PC-DOS classic).


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Tim is British and lives in the United States with his wife and kids.

He works for software developers Image Space Inc. and Studio 397 on their racing simulations, and is a fan of Gaming, Motorsports, and photography.