My 2 pence:
I have owned and used:
- Thrustmaster T-Flight Hotas X
- Speedlink Black Widow
- Saitek Pro Flight X-55 Rhino
I found the Hotas X to be a bit too digital in its operation (i.e. it felt like using keys) and it seemed to have a large dead area in the centre.
The X-55 Rhino was brilliant in Flight Simulator X but I never really got on with it in ArmA. It is also uses a lot of desk space. It is a bit over the top for ArmA and about x5 more expensive than the other 2.
My preferred ArmA joystick is the Black Widow. However I use the old version that you can't switch the rumble option off. The new one is called the Black Widow XE which I believe gets round the rumble problem with the original. It is also small enough to be stored under my desk and pulled out when needed. The one potential drawback with the Black Widow is there is no notch at the mid point for the Collective control but after a while I just got used to it.
I also use Track IR and feel like I have had an arm cut off it I have to play with out it. It is a little tricky to set up but having set it up I really like it.
Good luck deciding S
A day may come when the courage of Alpha fails, when we forsake our friends and break all bonds of fellowship,
but it is not this day. An hour of wolves and wrecked weapons when the West comes crashing down, but it is not this day!
This day we fight! By all that you hold dear on this good earth, I bid you stand, Men of the West!