Yes, you can use the keyboard tray and the HOTAS together, but I haven't figured a way to use the Plexiglas tabletop with the keyboard tray and the HOTAS. I am using the Plex, the keyboard tray and the G27 wheel together for racing and for shooters. I just leave the wheel on the edge of the
My two cents. Obutto is much better than the Playseat. The Playseat is nice, but the Obutto is short on sizzle and makes up for it with steak. Playseat uses some flashiness, but it is not built as durable as the Obutto. Again, my opinion and I'm sure there are those who will disagree.
Something I was going to do for the next article...a flow diagram showing what works with what out of the box(es), and what you can custom fabricate.
First question to ask yourself... will I use this for flight, racing or shooters? Or what percentage of each? Ghost is a flier primarily and only occasionally drives or plays shooters. I tend to do all three but favor racing. Ghost's setup reflects his emphasis on flight. While his setup is super, it wouldn't work as well for me.
Because the Obutto has such as strong base to start from, using some creativity, taking some time to think through what you want it to do, and some handiness with a drill and screwdriver, provides a multitude of configurations.
Money is on hand, so now to make the decisions about what to buy. One question on comparison: in your above post, you're of the opinion the Obutto pit has better build quality than the Playseat. I've got a basic Playseat for driving games on the 360 and while it's serviceable, I'd be inclined to agree that for the money the playseat could be a bit more robust. The Playseat Flight Seat, however, is the competitor I'm considering. Have you looked at that model, and if so would you still conclude the Obutto pit as superior in terms of strength and build quality? The Flight Seat is quite a bit different than the various racing versions.
I do wish Obutto offered a product version that ditched the monitor mount framing entirely.
Thanks for keeping up with this review, it's been incredibly informative. Also thanks to Ghost for providing the many pictures of a flight-based arrangement for the Obutto.