The T16000M FCS is a joystick highly rated by all product reviewers, the accuracy and precision are unmatched at the $60 price point. Overall, it is a excellent quality joystick well optimized for space shooters, but also performs very well in flight sims.
Aesthetics and Controls:
Lightweight and Quality is the name of the game for the T16000M. It is surprisingly light at roughly 1-1.5lbs. The materials used are hard plastic and artificial leather. It is an all black aesthetic with orange accents. The base of the joystick features an orange LED that lights up when you activate one of the buttons/joystick axis.
There are a total of 16 fully programmable buttons, 12 of them are on the base and six of the 12 buttons are on each side of the base. There is an 8 way hat switch and three of the 16 buttons surrounding it. Lastly there’s the trigger in orange.
All you need to power the T16000M is a single USB 2.0 port.
Probably the T16000M’s most popular feature is it’s ambidexterity, it is one of the only joysticks on the market to support full left handed or right handed players. It is configured out of the box for right handed users, but all you need to do is detach the default rubber pieces that your thumb and other fingers wrap around, and install the left hand rubber pieces that come in the box.
Comfort is excellent, the ergonomics are spot on! The joystick feels like an extension of your body once you wrap your hand around the joystick. It fits like a glove, buttons are exactly where they should be, and bottom of the stick itself supports your hand very well. I also did not encounter any problems with the stick’s lower palm support (the black plastic that sticks out of the joystick) digging into my wrist. A very common problem with joysticks like the Logitech 3D Pro.
The only minor complaint I have is that the top buttons next to the hat switch feel a little long to reach for than I’d want. However, I do see why Thrustmaster did this as this joystick is designed to be held in either the right hand or the left hand.
The beating heart of the T16000M is a 16-bit resolution sensor, allowing the control inputs from the joystick to the computer to be incredibly accurate and fluid. Something you never find below $100. The censor itself powers several of Thrustmaster’s high end $200-$250 H.O.T.A.S systems.
After owning several joysticks before (including the Logitech 3d Pro), this is the best joystick I’ve ever used. The precision and accuracy are amazing. In both games I tested, War Thunder and Star Citizen, it was very precise and accurate. I didn’t feel like I was working very hard to get shots on target.
War Thunder: After calibrating the joystick, and adjusting the non-linearity curves + axis sensitivity, aiming became a lot easier. The twist axis on the T16000M was surprisingly smooth and controllable, however the twist axis still doesn’t feel as accurate as I want it to be in War Thunder, but I’m not 100% familiar with all the control options in War Thunder’s options menu. Rolling, turning, climbing, and everything else felt great.
Star Citizen: Star Citizen was a real treat, the joystick felt right at home in the world of space shooters. Aiming was very precise, and overall the controls were excellent. I didn’t notice any problems, any weird bugs, or anything else that was being made by the joystick itself. Overall, it was a great experience. There was no need to adjust axis curves or anything like that. It was simply plug and play (besides assigning buttons to controls of course).
This joystick is incredibly well engineered for $65. You get high quality materials, an amazing sensor, and a lot of functionality overall for so little. The only real complaint I have is that the base is too light for my tastes, so sometimes in very intense dogfighting the base will move a tad. But besides that, the rubber feet hold down the joystick very well.
If you’re looking for a more immersive flying experience, the T16000M has two other accessories, the Hands On Throttle-And-Stick (HOTAS) add-on which features a hand sized throttle and extra buttons on it’s own base for even more functionality and precise throttle controls, plus a 3rd add-on which features rudder pedals for a truly immersive experience. (BTW…If you have trouble aiming in flight simulators (not space sims), rudder pedals will help your aiming tremendously from what I’ve heard.)
For just the H.O.T.A.S setup, you can get it for only $110-$120, then for the entire set of three you pay $170. If you want something high quality with rudder pedals besides the T16000M, you’ll have to pay a lot more than $200. Thrustmaster has made an amazing bargain for what you get.