What are the best flight simulator controllers?

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    #1Thrustmaster HOTAS Warthog 2960738

    Thrustmaster HOTAS Warthog 2960738

    Thrustmaster HOTAS Warthog 2960738 features a detachable handle and compatible with HOTAS Cougar. It has 19 action buttons with a USB connector.  It is a replica of the U.S. Air Force A-10C attack aircraft flight stick. 

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    Aaron Berry
    Written on March 29, 2018
    "I realized over a decade ago that if I was going to prevail in the world of MMORPGs, I had to have supreme equipment. Now this "Warthog" flight stick dominates the controller world today. No doubt, and no comparison! Fantastic ergonomic handling, and no shortage of programmable buttons, make this rig the best to date. "
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    #2CH Products 200-503

    CH Products 200-503

    CH Products 200-503 Flightstick has three axis and twelve buttons. With the Control Manager software, it uses 22 programmable functions and compatible with Windows  XP, Vista & Windows 7 for PC and MacOS 8.6.

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    Arthur Richards
    Written on March 23, 2018
    "I was looking for an affordable controller for my PC and couldn't be happier with my decision. This flightstick feels good in either hand and was easy to program to fit my needs. Playing my flight simulators has never felt better. "
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    #3Thrustmaster T-Flight HOTAS

    Thrustmaster T-Flight HOTAS

    Thrustmaster T-Flight HOTAS is a 3D pro flight stick with wide hand-rest for an optimal gaming experience. It has 12 programmable buttons and 5 axles and integrated blocking system. It is designed with a weighted base for stability.

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    Billy Cooper
    Written on March 23, 2018
    "It looks like a very comfortable thing to use. It is also programmable which is something that I would think would be good for different flight conditions."
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    #4Hercules ThrustMaster 2960706

    Hercules ThrustMaster 2960706

    Hercules Thrustmaster 2960706 has Hall Effect Accurate Technology (H.E.A.R.T.) which gives precise control and helical spring for working against tension. It has 16 action buttons.

    *NO LONGER AVAILABLE*

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    Liliana Uribe
    Written on March 27, 2018
    "allow users to tailor the joystick to their use, inaddition to this incredible versatility, piloting with a joystick in each hand is now possible in all games supporting the simultaneous use of 2 joysticks. Best for game lovers. But the price is too high it should be under $80.00"
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    #5CH Products Pro-Pedals 300-111

    CH Products Pro-Pedals 300-111

    CH Products Pro-Pedals 300-111 works as brakes and rudders which has three axis control for left, right, and center positions. It has driverless USB installation for PC and Mac.

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    James Wright
    Written on April 10, 2018
    "These things just "feel" cheap. Super light, very little resistance and it feels like it'll break if you press things a little too hard. Very noisy as well, and difficult to center. Had to send them back and go to an alternative. For the same money there are a handful of superior products right now. They're also plastic and light, but feel more solid, take a bit more pressure to move and are far easier to center."
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    #6Logitech Extreme 3D Pro Joystick

    Logitech Extreme 3D Pro Joystick

    Logitech 963290-0403 has 12 programmable buttons and eight-way hat switch for multiple controller configurations. It is a joystick with USB cable or easier connectivity. 

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    Manuel Beltrán
    Written on March 21, 2018
    "This is a very realistic flight simulator and fun to play. I dusted off my old joystick just for the experience."
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    #7Saitek PZ35

    Saitek PZ35

    Saitek PZ35 has self-string pedals and has USB 2.0 that works with Windows XP, XP64 and Vista. It uses Saitek Smart Technology that allows players to suit their gaming style. 

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    Julie Rose
    Written on March 22, 2018
    "Fun flight simulator with foot pedals. Once you get the hang of the learning curve, this is a good way to enhance your gaming."
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    #8Saitek X52 Flight Control System

    Saitek X52 Flight Control System

    Saitek PS28 is a game controller that has an LCD multi-functional display with five-position handle adjustment system using Smart Technology software. It has no X and Y axis contact technology. 

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    Anna Cheng
    Written on March 24, 2018
    "My ex husband was a flight simulator engineer and I used to play with the simulator for free, which was awesome and started my love for them. I thought all was lost until I discovered the Saitek PS28. Wow, talk about a great alternative to the real thing! The construction is great, it is durable and very realistic. This is my go to controller for my flight PC games. Pros: * Works out of the box with Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 * Great construction, materials feel like real flight controls * Intuitive and very comfortable * Blue lighted buttons add to the realism * Great control set for many games * The number of buttons, levers, sliders and knobs provides great flexibility "
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    #9Saitek X52 Pro

    Saitek X52 Pro

    Saitek X52 Pro is a 3D joystick designed with throttle springs and dual controls. This controller comes equipped with more customizable knobs and buttons for an optimal gaming experience. 

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    Juan Ortiz
    Written on March 21, 2018
    "A must have controller for the avid PC gamer who likes a simple device that can handle the harder rigors of PC gaming."
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    #10ThrustMaster USB Joystick 2960623

    ThrustMaster USB Joystick 2960623

    Thrustmaster USB Joystick 2960623 has three axes, four buttons and one trigger for complete control. It is an entry-level stick for beginners in flight simulator games. 

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    Thomas Hughes
    Written on March 22, 2018
    "I tried this joystick for a week and trashed it. The controls were not easy to reach and I had to constantly remember where the buttons were placed during the game. The buttons are not easy to program so if you are left-handed its very difficult to use it. There are better options out there than this model."

Summary

Best What are the best flight simulator controllers
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1Thrustmaster HOTAS Warthog 2960738Electronics 25 Paid
2CH Products 200-503Electronics 20 Paid
3Thrustmaster T-Flight HOTASElectronics 19 Paid
4Hercules ThrustMaster 2960706Electronics 18 Paid
5CH Products Pro-Pedals 300-111Electronics 15 Paid
6Logitech Extreme 3D Pro JoystickElectronics 14 Paid
7Saitek PZ35Electronics 11 Paid
8Saitek X52 Flight Control SystemElectronics 9 Paid
9Saitek X52 ProElectronics 8 Paid
10ThrustMaster USB Joystick 2960623Electronics 6 Paid
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