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#3915784 - 02/24/14 12:51 AM Saitek X-55 RHINO H.O.T.A.S. System Interview with Tim Di Iullo from Mad Catz  
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#3915901 - 02/24/14 12:14 PM Re: Saitek X-55 RHINO H.O.T.A.S. System Interview with Tim Di Iullo from Mad Catz [Re: RacerGT]  
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Thanks Ken! Informative article. I'm looking for a not-too-expensive HOTAS and this may be one of the candidates (if I can find it in China).


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#3915908 - 02/24/14 12:34 PM Re: Saitek X-55 RHINO H.O.T.A.S. System Interview with Tim Di Iullo from Mad Catz [Re: Legend]  
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Originally Posted By: Legend
Thanks Ken! Informative article. I'm looking for a not-too-expensive HOTAS and this may be one of the candidates (if I can find it in China).


You're quite welcome. There's more to follow. As for getting them in China, well, they're made in China wink


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#3915926 - 02/24/14 01:28 PM Re: Saitek X-55 RHINO H.O.T.A.S. System Interview with Tim Di Iullo from Mad Catz [Re: RacerGT]  
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Thank you indeed, good read. Curious what the early adopters will tell us about ergonomics and build quality.

#3916307 - 02/25/14 01:42 AM Re: Saitek X-55 RHINO H.O.T.A.S. System Interview with Tim Di Iullo from Mad Catz [Re: RacerGT]  
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Ohhh boy this MAY have gotten a lot better... popcorn


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#3916347 - 02/25/14 03:44 AM Re: Saitek X-55 RHINO H.O.T.A.S. System Interview with Tim Di Iullo from Mad Catz [Re: RacerGT]  
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A good read. Thanks Ken!

And would it have killed them to have a 4-way switch on the thumb control (stick) where they placed a single button?
Don't understand that.

#3916375 - 02/25/14 06:00 AM Re: Saitek X-55 RHINO H.O.T.A.S. System Interview with Tim Di Iullo from Mad Catz [Re: RacerGT]  
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I don't think I've been excited about a review in years, its like the stars have aligned for me a little because I'm starting to slowly get back into flight simming and I'm just starting to re-learn a10. I'm looking to replace my CH throttle (which is on its last legs) at the very least and I need to buy some pedals too (eventually). Good times.....

#3916448 - 02/25/14 01:08 PM Re: Saitek X-55 RHINO H.O.T.A.S. System Interview with Tim Di Iullo from Mad Catz [Re: RacerGT]  
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Well after a minor issue and observation I had there MAY be more to come in the H.U.D.. I should know more today. If you've ever calibrated a multi axis throttle in the Windows Calibration "Wizard" you'll like what MAY be coming!


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#3916475 - 02/25/14 02:09 PM Re: Saitek X-55 RHINO H.O.T.A.S. System Interview with Tim Di Iullo from Mad Catz [Re: piper]  
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Originally Posted By: piper

And would it have killed them to have a 4-way switch on the thumb control (stick) where they placed a single button?


Yes, on left side are a press button (instead a HAT a la F-16) - like in G-940, CH Combatstick - that is perfect for WW II "jockeys".

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I assigned my MGs to the front trigger, and cannons (or wing gun for RoF) to the grey thumb button and it just feels natural that way.


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#3916545 - 02/25/14 03:54 PM Re: Saitek X-55 RHINO H.O.T.A.S. System Interview with Tim Di Iullo from Mad Catz [Re: RacerGT]  
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I'm starting to tire of my G940's problems. I would like this to be good enough (even though it's not FFB and I wish it was), but I'm wary.

An FFB version of this X-55 would be good. It's one thing about my 940 that still works great, and I hate to give it up.



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#3916566 - 02/25/14 04:40 PM Re: Saitek X-55 RHINO H.O.T.A.S. System Interview with Tim Di Iullo from Mad Catz [Re: RacerGT]  
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According to the store the prices are all over the place.

199 USD
169 GBP = 283 USD
199.99 = 273 USD

Glad to see European customers being stuffed on prices.

#3916624 - 02/25/14 07:30 PM Re: Saitek X-55 RHINO H.O.T.A.S. System Interview with Tim Di Iullo from Mad Catz [Re: Jedi Master]  
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Originally Posted By: Jedi Master
I'm starting to tire of my G940's problems. I would like this to be good enough (even though it's not FFB and I wish it was), but I'm wary.

An FFB version of this X-55 would be good. It's one thing about my 940 that still works great, and I hate to give it up.



The Jedi Master


This is also my opinion - there currently is no FFB stick on the market, as G-940 was discontinued. I am also G940 owner and I would get rhino immediately if it had a solid FFB. I just cannot fly helicopters without FFB and FFB is also very important and beneficial in other sims simulating stick forces and trims. I am quite surprised that none of the big manufacturers produced FFB HOTAS filling the gap on the market that was open by Logitech going out. G940 must have been successful as I could not purchase it in any shop in nearby countries and every salesman told me they are completely sold out.

#3916711 - 02/25/14 10:00 PM Re: Saitek X-55 RHINO H.O.T.A.S. System Interview with Tim Di Iullo from Mad Catz [Re: RacerGT]  
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Palm rest still looks like it's not slanted downward on the pinkie end like a real stick. Besides some of the other minor issues on the X65, that's the biggest annoyance. Considering it doesn't change that and I really like pressure sticks now, I don't see any need to switch over. I have also warmed-up to the arrangement of the gray inverted cone hat, which works great for trim purposes, especially with pitch loading turned on in X-Plane. Very natural. It's good to see they flipped the placement of the main TMS/POV hat and the pickle button. I would probably still flip the TMS/POV and the upper right hat with a little hex tool, though.

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#3916834 - 02/26/14 02:29 AM Re: Saitek X-55 RHINO H.O.T.A.S. System Interview with Tim Di Iullo from Mad Catz [Re: Rakanisheu]  
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Originally Posted By: Rakanisheu
According to the store the prices are all over the place.

199 USD
169 GBP = 283 USD
199.99 = 273 USD

Glad to see European customers being stuffed on prices.


lol...they haven't even mentioned Australian prices yet...it'll be double the US price. Why? Because they friggin can (I love geolocking, don't you?). Why is why I'll be buying mine from a mate in the US.

#3917567 - 02/27/14 03:26 PM Re: Saitek X-55 RHINO H.O.T.A.S. System Interview with Tim Di Iullo from Mad Catz [Re: The_Pharoah]  
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I`ll probably do the same myself.

#3917862 - 02/28/14 12:20 AM Re: Saitek X-55 RHINO H.O.T.A.S. System Interview with Tim Di Iullo from Mad Catz [Re: RacerGT]  
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Hope I'm not out of bounds here but I have a question about whether or not IL2 will handle both stick and throttle plus rudder pedals? Thanks TC

#3917939 - 02/28/14 03:21 AM Re: Saitek X-55 RHINO H.O.T.A.S. System Interview with Tim Di Iullo from Mad Catz [Re: RacerGT]  
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il-2 - 1946 handle four USB controllers (joy, throttle, pedal, trim device, gamepad... include TrackIR).

The "others" il-2 handle more... Windows support is for 16.

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#3918466 - 02/28/14 11:16 PM Re: Saitek X-55 RHINO H.O.T.A.S. System Interview with Tim Di Iullo from Mad Catz [Re: RacerGT]  
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Does anyone know of you can lock out "twist"

#3918468 - 02/28/14 11:18 PM Re: Saitek X-55 RHINO H.O.T.A.S. System Interview with Tim Di Iullo from Mad Catz [Re: Hooves]  
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Originally Posted By: Hooves
Does anyone know of you can lock out "twist"



I heard you can't, but I think Ghost said the force required to twist it is enough to where you won't accidentally do it.


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#3919292 - 03/03/14 01:32 AM Re: Saitek X-55 RHINO H.O.T.A.S. System Interview with Tim Di Iullo from Mad Catz [Re: Jedi Master]  
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Originally Posted By: Jedi Master
I'm starting to tire of my G940's problems. I would like this to be good enough (even though it's not FFB and I wish it was), but I'm wary.

An FFB version of this X-55 would be good. It's one thing about my 940 that still works great, and I hate to give it up.
The Jedi Master


Why Saitek doesn't seem to be interested i that s beyond me..


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