Having the right controls can make a big difference when it comes to the flight sim experience and I want to share some hardware related stories in this third year of the Stormbirds blog. My newest purchase is VIRPIL’s MongoosT-50 Throttle Control System which has just arrived and I’m excited to tell you more about it.
Replacing my old X-52 HOTAS
Well over 10 years ago I bought a Saitek X-52 system which served me reliably for many years. The X-52 stick’s Z-axis sensor eventually started to fail but the HOTAS soldiered on and in-fact it still works. But I wanted a little more from my hardware than I used to.
As I dive deeper into simulators like DCS and IL-2 there was something that the X-52 didn’t have that I wanted. More buttons, more hat switches, and generally more controls and customization for me to setup and use have become more of a priority than ever before. That’s where VIRPIL comes in.
VIRPIL’s MT-50 TCS went into production in February 2018 and it has been available in limited numbers ever since. Despite those limited quantities I decided that I wanted to try and get one. Reviews from YouTuber’s like the Noobifier (see video below) also helped convince me that this was a piece of hardware that I wanted to have for myself.
Late this past week my MT-50 TCS throttle arrived! It arrived double boxed and was very well packaged. The box was in great shape which is always a relief when shipping hardware. I should note that I did have to pay some customs fees (about $65 CDN) to get it into the country, however, once that was out of the way things happened rather quickly and suddenly it was at my door.
So far I’ve only had few flights with it so I don’t want to comment too much on it yet except to say that it’s absolutely solid, it has a ton of buttons, and I’m very much looking forward to writing up a full review. That will be coming soon!
I do want to give back as much as I can to you as well. Is this kind of hardware something that you’re thinking of purchasing? Are there features you want more information on? If you have any questions that you’d like me to try and answer either now or in the review please let me know in the comments and I’ll do my best to address these.