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Thrustmaster basic joystick

Postby VicMar » Thu Jan 26, 2012 2:05 pm

Hi,

After many years of using FG with just mouse and keyboard (I do have a 5 minute yoke), I would like to get a joystick.

!. I know that the cheapest is not necessarily the way to go, but can anyone tell me if the Thrustmaster joystick is any good for a Mac user? I ask because all the data I can find says it works with Windows, but there is no mention of Macs.

2. Can anyone recommend a reasonably priced joystick which will work on a Mac.?

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Re: Thrustmaster basic joystick

Postby Tuxklok » Thu Jan 26, 2012 3:21 pm

A joystick is just a usb input device..so any normal joystick should work just fine on mac. I have the Thrustmaster T1600M which I've been more than happy here using Linux. A great basic joystick for under $50..twist axis, uses hall effect sensors so shouldn't easily wear out or get noisy, can be setup left or right handed (I fly lefty), and has a nice heavy base to keep it stable. My only gripe with it is the stupidly bright (and pointless) green light under the stick that is on any time you move an axis. I ended up just covering it with black tape and all is well though.

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Re: Thrustmaster basic joystick

Postby VicMar » Thu Jan 26, 2012 4:25 pm

Thanks Tuxklok, that is just the sort of advice I am looking for.

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Re: Thrustmaster basic joystick

Postby 439Tiger » Thu Jan 26, 2012 4:56 pm

If all USB joysticks are compatible with Macs then I would wholeheartedly recommend the Thrustmaster HOTAS X at $50 CAD (around 25£ I'd say). It is a great price/value joystick.

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It can be split in two parts and has a great big rocker switch that I use as my rudder control.

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Re: Thrustmaster basic joystick

Postby VicMar » Thu Jan 26, 2012 10:13 pm

Hi Tiger,

That one looks great. I particularly like the separation ability, and the rocker switch must be the next best thing to foot pedals.

I have had a quick look at their availability and they seem to be around the £20 to £30 mark.

I will wait to see if any others are particularly recommended, then take the plunge when the cash is available.

Thanks for your suggestion.

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Re: Thrustmaster basic joystick

Postby snipey » Fri Jan 27, 2012 1:12 am

i agree with tiger especially since the thrustmaster usb i used developped a lot of sloppiness after just a few hours of use
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Re: Thrustmaster basic joystick

Postby 439Tiger » Fri Jan 27, 2012 1:55 am

This one is still rock-solid after a year of use :D
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Re: Thrustmaster basic joystick

Postby VicMar » Sat Jan 28, 2012 9:59 am

Hi again,

Sorry to put this thread around a second circuit, but I don't seem to have had any response from Mac users.

If you are a Mac user who uses a Joystick with FG, could you please give me some details similar to those given by 439Tiger.

Any info much appreciated.

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