I’ve gone through a few iterations on hotas setups.
Original saiteks were okay. I mean okay saiteks = kinda shit, but they functioned. Post logitech they are horrible.
Like upsettingly bad. Flimsy, and awful, and you are better off having nothing. I’ve bough and returned 2 diff sets. X52 as a stopgap that was so flimsy i didn’t even unpack it, and an x56 for my son that was so bad it made him cry from frustration.
Curently I have 2 different setups. One for me, one for my son. Both use the VKB Gladiator which is great. Priced well, customizable and good support. I thought it was mushy, but in actual use it’s just stable.
2 diff throttles. First is a virpil CM3 which I use. It’s a great piece of hardware. Solid, well built. Software is decent. It’s vague, so no 1:1 buttons to hardware.
My son has a Winwing orion throttle with the f18 handle. I LOVE this one. It’s goofy and overly specific and just fun to flip buttons on. Software isn’t bad per-se, but it’s not documented. Has some good binding stuff for dcs.
I also have a set of the vkb rudder pedals which are nice, but I haven’t used them much.
For future purchases, I’m going to probably go with winwing throttles and VKB sticks. I’m really impressed with VKB (and their customer service after i busted a cable). Winwing is just a hoot. Very much ticks the “lets’ pretend” buttons with the hardware.