Originally Posted by psyclum
CH products make good stuff. i wont deny that. I would go as far as saying the "quality" of their gear is as good if not BETTER then thrustmaster. but when i used them... they simply doesn't "feel" right. they felt too plasticy and toy like. don't get me wrong. they felt smooth and high quality, but it's just not the same feel as a thrustmaster. and yes between CH product and saitek i'd take CH product any day of the week. however, they haven't really been on the ball in terms of new products and their higher end stuff are too "industrial"? it feels like you'd find their stuff in a forklift or a bulldozer etc
if i was playing a bulldozer or earth mover sim then yah i can see using their stuff to give more realism
but not so much in a combat space / flying sim
Hehe. I do understand what you mean. At first I also thought the controllers felt a bit light, in particular the throttle, but there is a reason for this due to ease of usage and precision, and they have grown on me through the years I have owned them. With periodical usage I cant basically see or feel any difference since the day I purchased them, some four or five years ago. I have the combatstick instead of the fighterstick, which I prefer since I got more of those "fire missiles!" Buttons instead of hat switches. In particular this stick feels at home in a ww2 or ww1 sim, where hat switches really were not very represented
In regards to quality, which you indeed do respectfully describe, here is a quote from a Combatsim review:"CH's Fighterstick and ProThrottle are made of a glass filled polymer. Some folks call it "plastic" but that's like saying a Ferrari is just a car. Remember earlier when I told you that CH makes joysticks for real aircraft? It's not just "plastic" folks. I've dropped my Fighterstick several times from counter top height to the tile floor. There was no damage to the stick. CH uses quality parts in their controllers. They use high end pots (potentiometers) and switches rated for an extremely high amount of cycles. Don't let the word "pots" scare you away. Some of the competition likes to tout the fact that they're using "Hall Effect Sensors" in their hardware. They say that Hall Sensors are more "accurate" than pots. Maybe cheapie pots......"
I like that the CH controllers feel cold to the touch, and that they feel really compact and solid. I modded the pinky button on the combatstick, as I felt it got in the way, to a flat profile so that I actually have to actively click the button instead, and make it comfortable to hold around with my whole hand. While other offerings are prettier, I cant really say that I regret buying these controllers, but I guess people see things differently. Personally I never look at my HOTAS, of logical reasons, so I dont really care how they look.
They feel great in my hands, and thats the most important factor when I'm flying around, apart from the quality.
That said, everything comes down to skill. If you try playing against flight sim veterans of many years, you realize that you could have the best equipment in the world and still get your ass whipped every time