By A Customer
from Seattle WA USA
on Monday, October 19, 2009
Pros: Great tactile and ergonomical feel, extra buttons
Cons: Trimpots inside are absolutely horrible
Saitek has been an innovator in the Flight Simulator peripheral world for us Average Joes who can't make the proud claim of being "middle-class"; the products are affordable and, for the better part, very good. After two years with my first Saitek Throttle Quadrant which came with my yoke (there's no difference between yoke throttles and separate ones, other than plug), I'm rather disappointed. Sure, the product feels great and looks attractive and the buttons are a small miracle in themselves, but after you've used it a few months, things get a little...strange: virtual knobs start to spike, you nudge the throttle and suddenly you're lurching at takeoff setting, bump it up a little more, it returns to normal. Weird. I disassembled mine and found 3 of the cheapest proprietary trimpots ever made. I disassembled them fully, cleaned them with contact cleaner and a soft toothbrush and it helped...a little. My electronic engineer friends told me that these pots were not intended for this type of activity...and "good luck". Ominous... To go from single to twin required the purchase of two new throttle quadrants; don't try to pair a new quadrant with an old one, you'll see why. My thoughts: we live in a progressively greener world, and if we're going to continue in that endeavour, then corporations need to stop their just-toss-it-and-buy-a-new-one mentality. They should use better, more durable pots. This doesn't cut it. It's sad to see so many companies reveling in profits from new- and return-customer-sales when their questionable products are ending up in landfills. Bad form on this one, Saitek!
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