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Thrustmaster T-Flight Air Force Edition Headset: The FSElite Review

THRUSTMASTER T Flight Us Air Force Edition
8.4

PRODUCT INFORMATION
Developer
Thrustmaster
Purchase From
Thrustmaster
Price
$99.99
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Version Reviewed
N/A
Press Copy Provided By
Thrustmaster
SimMarket
FSElite's preferred Flight Sim vendor is SimMarket. (Why?)

As per our Community Charter, all of our reviews are free from bias, prejudice and favouritism. Don't forget, each reviewer has their own style and thoughts, although they all abide by the Review Guidelines - something I suggest you read.

Having a good headset is one of the key fundamentals to a good flight sim setup. Whether it’s flying online or flying with friends, I always want a good quality headset that really pumps out the sounds accurately, as well as one that enables me to communicate clearly. We’ve all been on the receiving end of a poor sounding mic, so I never want to be the person who is delivering that.

Despite having a few headsets in my collection already, they’re all very gamer-orientated. Not a bad thing, but they are big, bulky and full of bright lights and other colourful things. None of them really give the sensation of an actual pilot headset. Fortunately, Thrustmaster saw a similar gap in the market and released the T-Flight US Air Force Edition headset. But are they just a regular headset hidden behind some fancy marketing, or are they actually a suitable replacement headset for a more immersive experience?

Let’s start with the overall look and feel of the T-Flight US Air Force Edition headset (from this point, I’ll simply refer to it as  ‘headset’). The symbolic military faded green is an interesting colour, but considering it’s dubbed as a US Air Force edition, it makes a lot of sense. I quite like it, and again, unlike conventional ‘gaming’ headsets, it’s a nice change compared to the colour-driven variations I’m otherwise used to.

 
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Virtual-Fly V3RINO TPM: The FSElite Review

VIRTUAL FLY V3RINO TPM THROTTLE Set Featured Review
7.8
The V2RINO TPM Throttle Quadrant from Virtual-Fly is one of their more recent releases. After a range of successful products that have provided simmers and professionals with high-quality hardware, it was time to explore creating the Vernier Style throttle quadrant. It is also the most expensive flight control in their entire product range. Virtual-Flight has created an impressive feature list,
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Virtual-Fly Yoko the Yoke: The FSElite Review

VIRTUAL FLY YOKO THE YOKE Featured Review
8.4
Spanish-based flight simulator hardware developer Virtual-Fly has been producing high-quality hardware for many years, including throttles, rudder pedals and their full-cockpit sim set-ups. It’s no surprise that they have built up a huge following of loyal and supportive customers over the years. FSElite has been following the team for a while and we were delighted that they asked us to
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Virtual-Fly Ruddo Rudder Pedals: The FSElite Review

VIRTUAL FLY Ruddo Pedal Set Featured Review
7.8
Rudder pedals are an important  piece of equipment for any serious simmer. Whilst the effectiveness of a rudder axis on a joystick is okay, it’s not exactly designed for more complicated scenarios. Rudder pedals provide that extra sense of realism and control needed for serious pilots. They’re often one of the first things someone will purchase when looking for new
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Thrustmaster TPR Pedal Set: The FSElite Review

Thrustmaster Tpr Review
8.7

PRODUCT INFORMATION
Developer
Thrustmaster
Purchase From
Thrustmaster
Price
£449.99
BUY HERE
Version Reviewed
N/A
Press Copy Provided By
Thrustmaster
SimMarket
FSElite's preferred Flight Sim vendor is SimMarket. (Why?)

As per our Community Charter, all of our reviews are free from bias, prejudice and favouritism. Don't forget, each reviewer has their own style and thoughts, although they all abide by the Review Guidelines - something I suggest you read.

Over the past few years, I think it’s fair to say that we’ve seen a huge technological push within our flight simulators. Whether that is the arrival of 64-bit, PBR, or other advanced techniques we didn’t have just a few years ago. Whilst our simulators are becoming more fluid, look more realistic, and actually run better than the average powerpoint, it was time for hardware to start catching up.

Thrustmaster have been known in the flight simulator space as providing hardware that finds the balance between price, quality and performance. I remember my first product very well: the T.Flight HOTAS. Relatively cheap, it ticked all the boxes I was looking for from a joystick / thrust lever set. It was pretty reliable and lasted a fair few years before I then migrated to a newer product.

Whilst my overall hardware collection remained pretty much the same over the past few years, I did notice a trend of hardware manufactures creating middle of the road products with users neither ranting nor raving about what they had just purchased. Then along came the Thrustmaster TPR: Thrustmaster Thrustmaster Pendular Pedal Set (no that’s not a typo).

 
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