Thrustmaster T.16000M FCS Hotas – Hardware Review
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Developer: Thrustmaster
Publisher: Thrustmaster
Platform: PC

Thrustmaster T.16000M FCS Hotas – Hardware Review

Good: Sturdy, Looks good, Affordable, Quality
Bad: Still takes some time getting used to the buttons on the stick's base
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Back in 2014 we had a very pleasant encounter with Thrustmaster’s T.16000M flight stick, which did not only prove to be of top notch quality, it also looked good and is still one of the most affordable flight sticks on the market. This time we revisit the T.16000M, albeit the T.16000M FCS Hotas, which consists out of the flight stick, with some touchups, and a new throttle that goes along with it. We were stoked to try out our best piloting skills once more.


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We’re being treated to the T.16000M as we know, together with a brand new throttle. While the T.16000M has not undergone any physical changes, which is great as the original device already looked good, the developers decided it was time to make the package a bit flashier, by adding some orange tints to the equation. The metallic and grey looking areas of the first model have been replaced by a pitch black tone or flashy orange, which actually contribute a lot to this item’s ‘badass’ status. Other than that, you’ll be treated to a rather classic looking stick, with a fairly large base with ample buttons on it. The palm rest on the stick itself is rather notable but it adds a fun touch, making the item look less conventional.

The throttle also has a few subtle orange influences, making this a matching set. Perhaps the most striking feature of this part of the combo is the small rudder ‘pedals’ on the backside of the throttle, which actually look rather good on this device. Other than that, the chrome finishes give an extra indication of sturdiness and quality.


As far as comfort goes, there isn’t that much change in the flight stick compartment, as the device itself has not undergone any real changes except for the personal touches concerning the design. You’ll be treated to a sturdy stick, with a proper curved design, making it feel extremely comfortable in your hands. The small rubberized patches on the sides give the device a softer feel and also enhance the grip you have, making sure you’re in control at all times.

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Just like on the original find, you’ll find a palm rest on the stick itself, allowing you to properly relax when playing games for longer periods of time. There are no real issues for gamers with smaller hands, as the placement is also pretty much on the right spot for them. A fun touch is that the palm rest can be turned around, allowing left handed players to enjoy the experience as well. The latter is the easiest when not hooking up the throttle though, as the throttle is clearly designed for left hand use.

The throttle is rather comfortable as well, but a bit of leather padding on the handle would have done wonders. Nonetheless, the asymmetrical design makes it easier for you to grip the handle, thanks to the shifting thickness. All buttons are properly accessible for players with smaller hands, except for the small orange button on the left side of the base of the actual slider. As just mentioned, the throttle is more of a ‘slider’ rather than an actual joystick you have to tilt. Nonetheless, the overall experience is very pleasant, comfortable and sturdy for a device combo that still falls well in an affordable category.


  • Adjustable stick (Designed for left- and right-handed players.)
  • Stick is able to rotate (left – right)
  • Wide, weighted base
  • Greater accuracy than other sticks (Coil spring on stick, H.E.A.R.T., 3D magnetic sensors, …)
  • S.M.A.R.T (Sliding Motion Advanced Rail Tracks)

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As always, Thrustmaster’s devices are a matter of plug and play, at least for the most part, as not all games recognize the device, or allow you to place different key bindings on the devices themselves. Luckily Thrustmaster’s T.A.R.G.E.T software is rather easy to use, and you’ll be able to maintain all devices in your own personal Thrustmaster ecosystem. Thus, if you want, you can also hook up the MFD Cougar Pack or the T.Flight Rudder Pedals and enjoy a pretty amazing flight setup.

Both devices are properly weighed down, and have enough grip in order to stay in place during the more rowdy aerial combat sequences. The overall resistance on the stick is fairly noticeable, making it easier to do precise movements. Same can be said about the throttle, even though cranking up your speed seems to have a tad less resistance to it. Nonetheless, fairly precise control is also maintainable after a bit of practice.

As mentioned earlier, you can also use the throttle in combination with another stick if desired and vice versa, if you own the proper software for bother devices, if they are of different brands. Nonetheless, this rather ‘cheap’ combo is clearly made for each other.


Thrustmaster’s T.16000M FCS Hotas is a solid combo in an affordable price range that offers a lot of performance for its price. You’ll be treated to a good looking device, ample options, the chance to use both devices separately in combination with other Thrustmaster products. If you’re on the fence of buying yourself a full flight simulator setup, but don’t want to spend an excessive amount of money, this one is certainly worth checking out. We’ll be soaring through the digital skies with this one for quite some time.

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