Logitech G X56 H.O.T.A.S. RGB Software Driver Manual & Review for Windows

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Logitech G X56 H.O.T.A.S. RGB Review

Summary

Before the X-56 reached my product review queue, I had used a combination of the Logitech Extreme 3D Pro joystick and any gaming keyboard that I was reviewing as an ordinary Elite: Dangerous control settings. I think I did well – after all, the honorable Extreme Pro 3D key and Cherry MX are meaningless.

But I don’t know what I missed.
The transition from joysticks and QWERTY to HOTAS equipped with mini-sticks takes several hours of Elite training missions: Dangerous, but once I adjust, the difference is day and night.

I switched from periodically looking at the keyboard to mapped keys to controls such as using the landing gear and activating the frame shift drive to do everything – and by that, I mean everything – by feeling using the joystick and pusher. That means an increase in immersion and a faster reaction. Besides, when I play through training missions, I tie controls without limits and tie back easily until I find a layout that feels comfortable and has every command needed.

Logitech G X56 H.O.T.A.S. RGB

Flight training and control binding take about three hours, and I would recommend new X-56 users – especially those new to HOTAS settings in general – to do the same. Logitech packed the X-56 with three memory slots that could be swapped quickly, although I didn’t need that feature because of the many buttons, switches, and other controls.

Besides the throttle and mini stick, the most useful features that I did not have in the joystick, and my previous keyboard settings were several triggers. The X-56 displays three compared to the Extreme 3D Pro.

Mini Analog Stick

The new X-56’s most important feature is its analog mini stick pair, where one lives on the joystick & another one on the throttle.

In Elite: Dangerous, I map the throttle mini stick to vertical and horizontal thrusts and the joystick mini stick to push-override forward and backward thrust, which controls the main thrusters with landing gear only deployed. I also mapped mini stick joysticks to control towers in surface reconnaissance vehicles, planets, and moons that could be transported by buggy moon buggies and galaxy systems and maps. However, the stick can be mapped in the Mad Catz configuration software or games for any control such as mouse display or secondary gunfire. Also, the two minibars act as buttons when pressed, although I have not mapped them to anything.

Horizontal and vertical thrust control feels natural with a mini stick. While the thrust can be controlled with a hat or QWERTY button, the mini stick provides accuracy and touch that is incompatible with other control schemes. On the other hand, the appearance of a mouse with a mini stick feels better than with a hat but is not as good as a mouse because it is not as precise and has little lag.

Overall, mini sticks work very well as a thruster, turret, and mouse-look controllers, but with one warning – they are floating.

RGB lighting

Everything from the keyboard to the motherboard – even some memory has been sending RGB lighting recently. But just because they can add RGB lighting to the X-56 doesn’t mean they should, to paraphrase Ian Malcolm from Jurassic Park.

RGB lighting looks beautiful but has no practical purpose – especially when driving a ship with VR that is blocking the real world – because I manipulate all controls by feeling, not vision.

Logitech G X56 H.O.T.A.S. RGB

Throttle switches and knobs require the hand to release the throttle in most cases, so looking at it helps a little. But I have never found the backlight an essential part of flipping a switch or turning a switch.

But even though RGB lighting might not be the most practical feature, it is HOTAS’s most beautiful feature – when it works properly.

Building Quality and Performance

The X-56 looks and feels sturdy out of the box, and is not damaged – our review unit continues to function for more than 400 hours of testing. However, neither the throttle nor the joystick worked perfectly.

For example, the joystick and throttle are floating, so I set separate dead zones for the two units – 20 for the joystick and one for the accelerator. Mini sticks also glide, as mentioned before. However, the mini stick does not have a dead zone setting in the software, so interference is still present.

Besides, the joystick that we use squeak loud enough to be heard through a home theater surround system. A set of closed headphones makes squeaking noises heard so that the joystick sound might affect gamers with a variety of different audio systems.

Last thought

X-56 changed my Elite: Dangerous settings for the better, despite their disadvantages. It offers more precise game controls, and I can do everything – including navigating in-game menus and settings – without touching the keyboard or mouse, which is very valuable for VR.

However, the X-56 has oddities, such as floating steering, throttle, and mini sticks. But the disturbance did not prevent me from wanting to stay on the set forever. It will be challenging to go back to the Extreme Pro 3D settings and keyboard, but I don’t think I will forgive the X-56 problem easily if I am a paying customer.

 


Logitech G X56 H.O.T.A.S. RGB Specification

Technical Specifications

PC Game Compatibility

  • Elite: Dangerous
  • Star Citizen
  • Battlefield 1
  • Flight Simulator X
  • Flight Simulator 2004
  • Flight School
  • Prepar3D® 2.2+
  • X-Plane 11
  • X-Plane 10
  • X-Plane 9
  • DCS World
  • DCS: A-10C Warthog
  • DCS: Black Shark 2
  • DCS: UH-1H Huey
  • Lock On: Modern Air Combat (LOMAC)
  • Lock On: Flaming Cliffs 3
  • Lock On: Flaming Cliffs 2
  • Lock On: Flaming Cliffs
  • aerofly FS
  • aerofly FS2
  • Take On Helicopters (TKOH)
  • Rise of Flight
  • Arma 3
  • Falcon 4.0: Allied Force
  • Falcon BMS 4.32
  • World of Warplanes
  • War Thunder
  • Windows®: 10, 8.1, 7
  • 2x USB 2.0 Port

Dimension

ComponentHeightWidthDepthWeight
Stick266 mm (10.5 inches)(with handle)185 mm (7.3 inches)225 mm (8.9 inches)1123 g (39.6 ounces)(with handle)
Throttle170 mm (6.7 inches)185 mm (7.3 inches)225 mm (8.9 inches)1156 g (40.8 ounces)

Logitech G X56 H.O.T.A.S. RGB Manual

Setup Guide.pdf

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Logitech G X56 H.O.T.A.S. RGB Software & Drivers

  • For Windows

X56 Space/Flight H.O.T.A.S. Software (x32)

  • Software Version: 8.0.213.0
  • Last Update: 2018-09-24
  • OS: Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows 10
  • File Size: 31.17 MB
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X56 Space/Flight H.O.T.A.S. Software (x64)

  • Software Version: 8.0.213.0
  • Last Update: 2018-09-24
  • OS: Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows 10
  • File Size: 31.17 MB
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Profiles Pack

  • Software Version: 1
  • Last Update: 2017-05-11
  • OS: Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows 10
  • File Size: 380 KB
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