Thrustmaster T.16000M PC Joystick


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When gaming on a PC, most people use the standard mouse and keyboard, but for some games, especially flying games, I prefer to use a joystick, it not only adds to the realism, but makes it more fun and realistic.

Today I’ve got the Thrustmaster T.1600M PC Joystick for review, I actually got the bundle of HAWX and the joystick, but I’m going to cover HAWX in it’s own review. The joystick itself is nicely made, and truly does add a new dimension to any kind of flying game, making it easier and a lot more fun that the standard mouse/keyboard combination.


As I mentioned this is the bundle version of the T.1600M, it comes with H.A.W.X PC videogame. It has a slipcover over the original box for this version of the product.

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Opening the box we find HAWX right on top, the joystick is wrapped up in plastic and Thrustmaster included extra grips so the stick can be used with either left or right hand, the grips just pop on and off easily.

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The stick itself is fairly large actually, but that’s nice, it really adds to the feeling of really flying.

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On the bottom we find several rubber feet to make sure the stick stays in place and a switch to change modes from left to right handed.

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The base features twelve buttons, size on each side that are laid out in close pattern.

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The top of the stick is where you’ll find your weapons controls basically, there are five buttons here including the trigger and a small joystick on the top.

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On the back of the stick you find the slider switch which is primarily used for thrust in most games, it just slides up and down and adjusts the thrust power of the plane or helicopter.

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Specifications:

Thrustmaster T.16000M PC Joystick

A UNIQUE 3D TECHNOLOGICAL INNOVATION BUILT INTO THE NEW THRUSTMASTER JOYSTICK

-A patent application has been filed

-Exclusive precision technology: H.E.A.R.T.– HALLEFFECT ACCURATE TECHNOLOGY!
–3D (Hall Effect) magnetic sensors located on the stick:
—Offer precision levels 256 times greater than current systems (i.e. a resolution attaining 16,000 x 16,000 values!)
—Magnets ensure friction-free action for unlimited precision in time
—Helical spring (2.8 mm diameter) located in the stick providing firm, linear and smooth tension

-Fully ambidextrous joystick!
–3 removable components allow the joystick to be perfectly tailored for left-handed or right-handed use
–Piloting with a joystick in each hand is now possible in all games compatible with two joysticks

-16 action buttons!
–12 on the base and 4 on the stick

-Switch enabling users to configure the 12 buttons located on the base in a left- or right-handed position
-4 independent axes
-Rudder controlled by rotating the stick
-Trigger for brakes (civilian flights) or rapid fire (military flights) control
-Multidirectional hat (for panoramic view)
-Ergonomic design for optimum comfort
-Wide hand rest for reduced stress
-Weighted base for enhanced stability
-Plug & Play device offering extremely simple and quick installation, with all features preconfigured for immediate and hassle-free takeoff!


There’s really are no action shots of the T.1600 that I can show, but the base does light up when you move the stick around, kinda cool looking.

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I used it with HAWX of course, and it makes the games a lot more fun than using a mouse and keyboard. Installation is easy, just plug and play, Windows recognized it and installed automatically for me.

There is no extra software to install like other joysticks and gamepads, all of your button configurations can be handles in game. It’s nice not to have to install more stuff on my computer.

The T.1600M is very sensitive to movements which is something that you want of course, there’s no lag between your movement and what happens on screen. The stick does have a bit of tension to it, so it does require a small amount of force to move it, and it springs back to the original position. I really like how you can also twist the stick for turning, I found myself using that quite often. The buttons are all easy to reach on the top of the stick and work well.

The trigger button is spring loaded and does have a nice audible click to it, the other buttons as well do click.

There is one small complaint I could have and that is the button placement on the base, they’re a little to close together, I found myself accidentally hitting the other buttons in the heat of battle.

Here’s a quick 2 minute HAWX video for you, using the Thrustmaster of course


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Conclusion:
The Thrustmaster T.1600M is a great joystick in my opinion, it really adds to gameplay, it’s much better than using a mouse and keyboard.

The T.1600M is very responsive and easy to use, the buttons on the stick itself are nicely placed and easy to reach. It’s nice to be able to just plug it in and go without having it install any extra software.

I did find the buttons on the base a little to close together, but they still are usable.

If you need a joystick for you gaming then certainly look into getting this one.

9 recommended5

Pros:
+Well made
+No extra software to install
+Plug and play
+Sensitive to movements
+Lots of buttons
+Truly adds to gaming experience
+Easy to use

Cons:
-None really

Grades:  
Overall score-9-10
Design score-9-10
Performance score-10-10
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  • albert victor dale

    Had one of these,good while it lasted,but developed a fault:-rudder locked to the left,and throttle reversed.Only one monthe use.Probably get another one.

  • AAAAYES

    The last time I purchased a joystick was when Logitech’s Force Feedback came out with their oversize unit so, it has been a while.

    I was concerned bout the cheesiness of the buttons and some of the other issues that kinda took some of the shine of this model. Yes, although the buttons are not labeled, the documentation that comes along with the unit spells everything out on page 1/1.

    All parts can be flipped to the other side for you south paws, including the hand base.

    If you like a stick that is wide to hold, your in luck. This stick is wide and it’s a good feeling rather than holding onto a beefstick.

    The movement of the stick is thick which, I am very thankful for.

    Yes, the trigger has too much play in it and if you can control your emotions
    while in the heat of battle I wouldn’t doubt that you will break the trigger right off the stick.

    The sensitivity of flight is where it counts for me…no more move a 1/4″ to just get movement, this joystick is really tuned in hand motion. Flying a Spit is a joy once again.

    So, yes…if you haven’t shop around for a stick for a couple of decades like me, this is the way to go. However, if your expecting the top of the line parts built into this, well, this is where it falls short…they decided to cut cost and go with the path of least resistance and they know it.

    The internal heart of this stick is its selling point, and its justified…

  • my name is…

    how much is the thrustmaster T
    and where abouts can u get it in the U.K ?

  • Pietro Paolo BINDI

    I recently acquired a T.16000M joystick to use with the Goofle Earth flight simulator.
    It installed itself on my PC (Windows XP) with no problem, but the throttle and rudder functions are inverted. The throttle operates the rudder and vice versa.
    What do I have to do to sort out this prolem ?
    I am not a n expert.
    Grateful if you can help.

    P.P.Bindi

  • heavy gamer

    most games have a setup where you move a button, slider, or an axis to confirm.

    if you move your axis left for the turn right… that is exactly how the game is going to respond afterwards.

    so watch out while setting up your joystick\buttons\keyboard configuration.

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  • Anonymous

    I use stick Joystick to play bf2, and i also have 2 more made by saitek . The Thrustmaster beats the Saitek’s any day. Everytime i use the saitek i get lag because it comes with the side throttle. This stick is better because it hogs less resources from the game to virtually no lag.

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  • sandy

    I am planning to buy a new joystick. I’d like to buy a one with force feedback. Does Thrustmaster T Flight Hotas X has force feedback or i should go for Logitech Force 3D Pro? Plz advice.

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