Among all HOTAS systems on the market, there is one that stands out from all the rest. This HOTAS is none other than the ‘Warthog’ by Thrustmaster. Having an exceptional level of quality and being a near exact replica of the HOTAS in any real life A-10 Warthog, it truly is something special. It’s obvious how sought after this throttle and stick is, but just how good is it? If you’ve been wondering this yourself, stay tuned! I’ll be covering everything you need to know about the Thrustmaster ‘Warthog’ in today’s post!
One of the most important things to consider when purchasing a HOTAS is its features. Fortunately for us, the Warthog has no lack of them. The entire purpose of a HOTAS is to minimize the amount of time your hands are off of the throttle and stick. With this in mind, it’s important to note the amount (and placement) of the buttons and switches provided. When it comes to the Warthog, its 19 buttons and 1 eight-way POV switch are all you will ever need. This is due to the fact the Warthog is a near exact replica of the HOTAS used in real world A-10Cs. If it’s good enough for the Air Force, it’s good enough for me! Aside from buttons, another interesting thing to note about the Warthog is its dual throttle system. You don’t see dual throttles often on HOTAS kits but when you do it’s a real treat. Having a dual throttle HOTAS system makes flight simulation all the more realistic, especially if you fly multi engine aircraft. Furthermore, if you don’t like the feel of the A-10 grip, or it doesn’t quite fit for the aircraft you’re flying, the warthog features a detachable metal base, giving you the option to switch out different grips as you please. Overall, the Thrustmaster Warthog has the perfect balance of functionality and features.
Perhaps the most impressive aspect of the ‘Warthog’ is its build quality. This is undoubtedly what makes it stand out from any other flight stick and throttle on the market. Not only is the ‘Warthog’ built to look like its real world counterpart, but it’s made to feel like it as well. This is great for realism but can be a bit cumbersome for those that are used to lighter, less realistic HOTAS systems. The weight of the ‘Warthog’ does take some getting used to but it’s more than worth it. In general, the Thrustmaster ‘Warthog’ is built to last.
In terms of usability, the Thrustmaster ‘Warthog’ is good for anything you throw at it. That said, the ‘Warthog’ is better suited for certain tasks. The most prominent of these is its use in DCS World. In fact, the Thrustmaster ‘Warthog’ was specifically designed for use with the Eagle Dynamics A-10C module in DCS World! You could very easily use the ‘Warthog’ HOTAS with any simulator you wish, but if you’re planning on using it for something like War Thunder, it might be a bit overkill. That being said, if you want a good all around HOTAS that will last you a lifetime, the ‘Warthog’ is definitely the way to go.
So, How Good Is It?
That all sounds great, but just how good is the Thrustmaster ‘Warthog’? Overall, the ‘Warthog’ is undoubtedly the best in its class. With its unmatched build quality and functionality, there is nothing else like the ‘Warthog’ on the market today. If you’ve been wanting to upgrade your simulator experience, especially of you fly fighters, I can not recommend the Thrustmaster ‘Warthog’ enough.
Where Can You Find It?
If you’re wondering where you can purchase the ‘Warthog’ and some of its accessories, you can find them via the following links!
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