Eclipse Stealth FX812R795 Extreme & Stealth Flight Pack Review

Up Close - Thrustmaster Warthog HOTAS Joystick

Eclipse Stealth FX812R795 Extreme & Stealth Flight Pack

Up Close - Thrustmaster Warthog HOTAS Stick

It's perfectly possible that many of you haven't dipped your toes into the water of flight simulations, or if you have you've found a simplistic control method to be more than adequate, so allow me to make a comparison. If your average flight stick is akin to an Argos steering wheel, a good flight stick is on a par with the Logitech G27, then the Thrustmaster Warthog is in the Frex or Fanatec bracket. It's a perfect replica of the controls found in a Fairchild Republic A-10 Thunderbolt, known to you and I as the Warthog.

Thrustmaster Warthog HOTAS Joystick     Thrustmaster Warthog HOTAS Joystick  

All of the controls have realistic actuation pressure, so it takes the same effort to use them as it would if you were in the twin-engined tankbuster itself. The trigger is particularly nice as if you pull it until the microswitch activates you can assign a different action than you'll get with it fully depressed. Nearly everything is made of metal and the movement and damping on the stick itself is peerless.

Thrustmaster Warthog HOTAS Joystick     Thrustmaster Warthog HOTAS Joystick  

In total you have four buttons, a dual action trigger, a 4-way HAT and three 8-way HAT switches. It's mind-blowingly good.

Thrustmaster Warthog HOTAS Joystick     Thrustmaster Warthog HOTAS Joystick

Of course HOTAS, Hands On Throttle And Stick, would be nothing without the throttle component, so let's take a look at that.

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Most Recent Comments

20-04-2012, 07:49:05

Josh Weston
Another great review. Shame to see the use of such a lackluster CPU, but they must have had their reasons.Quote

20-04-2012, 08:34:04

I almost spat my tea out over my keyboard when I saw the CPU spec, very weird choice when you combine it with the price and their target buyer, knock off a few £100 it might make sense.Quote

20-04-2012, 08:40:37

Nice review, there's a lot of interesting stuff there.

I have an LG screen and love using cinema 3D for gaming - I've tried Skyrim and BF3 and the depth added is quite fantastic. I've been limited by my 1gb 5850s though so in 3D i've had to put the graphics on minimum to get playable fps. That will soon change and when it does I can't wait to play Shogun 2 co-op in 3D...

As for the CPU....that thing will be holding back the cards. Such a shame and not worth the price tag.Quote

20-04-2012, 15:12:19

for gaming it's juz run smothly with that 2x 7950.

Awesome package The Stealth FX812R795 Extreme PC, and the Stealth Flight pack. Quote

20-04-2012, 15:21:40

Might just be me, but that PC looks far from stealthy Quote

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