Reviews and Problems with Saitek Pro Flight Yoke System
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I've had the Saitek Pro Flight Yoke + Pedals and the CH Flight Sim Yoke + Pedals + Quadrant. This is what you need to know.
Christopher Eastridge, Amazon
9 October 2014
Summary: Alright people, listen up. This is the review you want. If you are like a normal person and can't afford the $600-$1000 yoke from PFC without getting divorced then you are undoubtedly comparing this yoke (or the CH Eclipse, same thing really) to the Saitek Pro Flight Yoke. Well I've had both, complete with their respective rudder pedals and throttles and I have returned one and kept the other. Continue reading to find which one got the boot.
Summary: The aileron control wheel of my Saitek yoke has a large dead zone to the left, about 10 degrees. In other words, the airplane would not bank left until I took up the 10-degree slack. There is no dead zone to the right. Dead zone is not bad if it is uniformly distributed throughout the control. The operator will soon develope the muscle memory which enables him to move the control just the right amount for the desired effect.
Summary: Two star, and that is without the phantom key issue... Coming from CH product, I was hoping the metal axle with "ball bearing" some reviewers mentioned would be a nice upgrade. However, there is no ball bearing, just the axle rubbing against two teflon/plastic rings, preventing smooth motions. The separate throttle quadrant with prop and mixture was also attractive to me.
Summary: I apologize in advance for the long winded review, I can never keep it short and simple: Pros: - Nice button layout, low profile, feels solid, integrated timer Cons: - Big, clunky detents right dead center of the pitch and roll travel. - "Precision Bearing" not really precision at all. In fact, it's very misleading. Read on. Ok, so I bought this to replace my CH Products yoke system that is now 5 years old.
Luck of the draw -- the "phantom key press " issue!
Anthony J. Lomenzo "Doc Tony", Amazon
7 October 2010
Summary: Things just went entirely too smooth and totally glitch free which should have signaled that this in itself was not a good omen! Basically I went from the CH Products yoke, throttle quad and CH rudder pedals to the SAITEK system and even bought an extra SAITEK throttle quad to then have '6' programmable axis levers and additional buttons to program.
Beware of dead zone in Saitek yoke. CH Products yoke is better.
Amazon Customer, Amazon
8 April 2010
Summary: I've been a flight simulator enthusiast for years. When I first started this hobby years ago, CH Products was the only affordable yoke around, and it worked great. Recently I decided to try the Saitek yoke, figuring that the ball bearings and metal shaft would be superior to the CH Products yoke. Not true at all. Saitek, for some reason, puts a dead zone in the middle. Turning the yoke about 10 degrees in either direction from center has no effect.
Summary: i contacted Saitek support and they were kinda enough to take it back to fix it. That was back in November, and now its April and i tried contacted them on the where abouts of my Yoke. They still havent responded and i think im out of luck at this point. My Advise, avoid this stick...it doesnt seem worth the money. I had an X52 for 4 years...im thinkin about goin up to the X52 Pro.
Pros: Good idea with the Packaging of the Throttle and Yoke together. The profiler was fairly simpl to use, however i just assigned keys in FS mostly. There was a wide range of motion and the Throttle Detent was a plus for reverse thrusters.
Cons: I pulled it out of the box and it seemed very flimsy. This is not a yoke or throttle for Fighter games because of the fear that the plastic casing will break. The clamps were poor quality and if you pulled to hard would result in the breaking of the clamps. After 6 months of use the sliding and the grease in the spring dries resulting in sticking yoke. I just sprayed lube and it seemed to have fixed it for a while. A little late on all the buttons on the right side st...
Summary: So you have a built-in USB hub and choose to use a different connector for the quadrant? Such a bad design choice, especially since Saitek sells the quadrant alone, with a USB connection! Clamp is very secure, but takes up a lot of space. Timer *might* be useful for dead-reckoning... I use this with Ubuntu 9.04, for flying Flight Gear and playing VDrift.
Pros: Smooth action, better than the other yoke I have, and precise. USB hub built in. Very secure clamp. Works straight out of the box, no need for any extra drivers or software.
Cons: The quadrant connects with a small round connector, like a PS/2, to the yoke. Why, oh why did the "designers" choose such a nasty little connector? I bent the pins trying to plug it in around the back of the yoke, and had to straighten them. That knocks two eggs off you, Saitek!
Summary: I really tried top make this yoke work for me. The look is great, and with a few changes to the detent and design this could very well be an excellent yoke. After using and returning this yoke, I ended up going with a CH Eclipse and have been nothing but impressed. Great feel, smooth as butter, excelent customer service from CH, and installation was as simple as it can be. MS FS9 and FSX recognized the yoke instantly and it was a snap to configure.
Pros: Asthetically pleasing. Digital readout. Good placement of buttons. Seperate throttle quadrant included.
Cons: The overall design of the yoke is pretty good, however, there are issues present that some may not be able to get used too (like myself). 1. The detents on the yoke are more of an annoyance than a feature. Turning/Pulling Back the yoke for aileron/Elevator control and essentially going over a very prevelant bump detracts from the experience somewhat. If it was a little detent, than it would be "ok", however, it actually took a little force to power through it. There w...
Summary: Looks quite good and should enhance your flight sim experience. Mine has a fault that Saitek know about, but don't have a 100% definitive fix for yet. It makes button pushes on it's own & squeaks when moving. Makers forums say they won't have new units until Jan/Feb 2008, might be that these are defective too (problems date from mid/late 2007). You face extra expense to have it replaced by Saitek.