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The saitek Pro Flight Yoke system is one of the best yokes available for flight simulator. I had it for a few months but decided to switch to the Saitek Cessna Yoke. Nevertheless, this yoke is "top notch."
The screen on the yoke is what I miss the most. It gives the system time of your PC and can be changed to a timer. It also displays which of three modes (discussed later) is currently in use.
There are several switches and buttons on the yoke which are all very conveniently placed. There's a hat switch, two buttons, three two way switches, a discrete modes changing slide switch and three buttons to control the screen display and timer. Their placements and well thought out.
The feel of the yoke is rather comfortable, but not quite as fitting as that of the Saitek Cessna yoke. It's still great to use however.
The yoke has 3 "modes." Each mode allows you to change the assignment of each button and switch using the Saitek set up software. This is great if this is the only hardware you plan on using and you want most of the immediate flight controls at your fingertips.
The downsides are mostly from the lack of full movement. The yoke rotates about 45° in both direction, instead of 90° each direction, which is why I got the Cessna Yoke. This is a bit bothersome because it means that different angles have a different amount of sensitivities. Close to the neutral point, it will be closer to the 1° real = 1° sim, but further round it's around 1° real = 10° sim and this can be a real bother. This is still the case with the Cessna yoke without proper calibration, nevertheless this is very annoying. I suspect this is because the programming of the simulator is meant for joysticks instead. However this drawback actually comes in very useful for Carenado add on aircraft, since their simulated yokes on Carenado aircraft only rotate about that much.
In terms of dimensions, the yoke itself is a good realistic size, but be warned, the box which contains all the electronics and mechanical springs and stuff is HUGE. Prepare to make some space on your desk.
This Yoke comes with the Saitek 3 axes throttle quadrant which plugs into the the base of the Yoke. I'll make a separate review about the throttle quadrant itself but in one word, fantastic.
This review is also available on ciao.co.uk under the same username.
-- Build --
The flight yoke is built very solidly and will always respond to your actions smoothly and directly. While playing MS simulator X with this and the flight panel i found that the teo products match eachother perfectly and caused no issues what so ever.
-- Performance --
Once again, saitek will not let you down in this department. The hyper accurate sensors will pick up even the smallest of movments so if you mess up on the desk..you mess up in the plane. I found this great as if you just think "ahh forget it i can let go for a bit" the plane will...lets just say not fly in a stright line.
I have seen this in PC world going for £50 as they do not know how to price them BUT sometime i noticed they were from up to 6 years ago. definatly worth a look anyway, its more than worth it even for £120.
-- Overview --
The Pro Flight Yoke System( PC of course) will not fail to deiliver one of the best, if not the best, flight experiance yuo can have at your desk.
Precision. Realism. Control. The Saitek Pro Flight Yoke System is highly engineered to meet the exacting needs of the true flight simulation enthusiast. Stainless steel shaft, ergonomic controls, integrated chronograph and separate throttle quadrant ensure a smooth, accurate and totally realistic flying experience.