Our pal’s over at Thrustmaster have once again sent us a review sample, the Thrustmaster HOTAS WARTHOG flight stick. While at CES 2012 I asked about this flight stick and what made it so special. After giving it a quick look over I knew I was in for something crazy. After reviewing the T500RS a couple of months ago I came to realize that Thrustmaster doesn’t make the cheapest products but they do make some of the best quality products. Read on for my impressions of the Thrustmaster HOTAS WARTHOG flight stick
Product Name: Thrustmaster Hotas Warthog
Review Sample Provided By: Thrustmaster
Review By: Skyler
Pictures and Screenshots By: Skyler
As with most Thrustmaster products the packaging is top notch. Rest assured that while in transit your item will arrive without any bumps or bruises. Large Styrofoam surrounds the entire package along with individual containers for the stick and the throttle. On the outside of the box you can see the over theme of the set. It’s meant to be “Bad Ass” this isn’t for Microsoft Flight, although you can use it for that, more on that later on, this is for a professional gamer that loves flight simulators.
On the right hand side it gives you the button layout of the stick and quick description of how to mount the stick to the base. It also tells you about the Thrustmaster T.A.R.G.E.T which stands for Thrustmaster Advanced pRograming Graphical EdiTor. Along with the T.A.R.G.E.T system there is the H.E.A.R.T Technology HallEffect AccuRate Technology.
The left hand side introduces you to the Throttle Controls which also incorporate the H.E.A.R.T tech. There is a nice layout of the buttons on the Throttle and the Control Panel; there are a bunch of them.
The back of the package talks about the tech that is inside the Joystick, Throttle and Control panel.
One of the nice additions of the box is that it has a handle so taking your setup is as easy is throwing back in the box and hauling it off to your next LAN party.