Looks like it's a kumara reddragon keyboard: https://www.amazon.com/Redragon-KUMARA-Backlit-Mechanical-Keyboard/dp/B016MAK38U
It's a cheap mechanical keyboard, but it works great for the cost. If you don't have a mechanical keyboard this is a great place to start. I have been using mine for about 6 months and it's awesome.
Edit: I was wrong. That is a hyperx keyboard. Probably the alloy fps pro.
Sorry if this is off-topic, but have you taken a look at a mouse with buttons on the side such as the Logitech G600? I get a lot of use out of mine and can play PoE 1-handed at full effectiveness. It might particularly help with the flask issue.
The XM3 are the best wireless headphones on the planet in literally every aspect you are looking for besides gaming id say. But for the possible upcoming XM4, I am not sure what to say towards that. Obviously it’ll be better, but by how much and if that much is worth waiting another several months, especially till possibly AFTER your upcoming flights in August.
As for gaming, if it’s PC or console, get yourself a good HyperX headset since your budget is $450. I really have no idea how the XM3s handle gaming. But I own the XM3s and they are the absolute best you can get with wireless ANC headphones. If you are NEEDING a pair of amazing headphones, get the XN3s now. But if it absolutely isn’t necessary and you can wait; wait for the XM4.
HyperX Cloud II Gaming Headset - 7.1 Surround Sound - Memory Foam Ear Pads - Durable Aluminum Frame - Multi Platform Headset - Works with PC, PS4, PS4 PRO, Xbox One, Xbox One S - Red (KHX-HSCP-RD) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00SAYCXWG/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_i2SgDb1N01ET5
I recently found a Logitech Extreme 3D Pro at Goodwill for like $9 and it played xwing v tie fighter great. Only $32 for a new on on Amazon, https://www.amazon.com/Extreme-3D-Pro-Joystick-Windows/dp/B00009OY9U. From threads I looked up, looks to be one of the best budget sticks out there, especially for the xwing series.
100% this. This has been my mouse for years and years, preceded by a Razer Naga that lasted maybe 6 months, and this is half the price. It will completely change the way you play for the better.
Logitech G600 MMO Gaming Mouse, RGB Backlit, 20 Programmable Buttons https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0086UK7IQ/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_GIJiCb85SHKFH
get one of those.. i have it and its sooooo awesome
the pedals are incorporated by twisting left or right.
Same price on amazon if you have prime
Easy, just stop searching for Corsair
G430 is consistently about the same price on Amazon.
Is that a better headset (according to the naming)?
Edit: best buy comparison here: G233 is stereo and G430 is surround.
Copy pasta FTW. You want to go to the next level? You want to go over 9000? Get one of these bad boys right here. 12 programmable buttons and a shift key to double the functional number. You also get three "modes" for a total of 72 saved templates. I have one mode for normal use, one mode for grading/emails, and one for gaming.
If you're on a budget get the Thrustmaster T.1600M FCS HOTAS kit that comes with the TWCS throttle. Everything cheaper has crap sensors.
EDIT: For convenience: https://www.amazon.com/ThrustMaster-2960778-Thrustmaster-T16000M-HOTAS/dp/B01KCHPRXA/ref=sr_1_2?keywords=thrustmaster+twcs&qid=1554676370&s=gateway&sr=8-2
I've always heard the thrustmaster T.16000m hotas is the best "cheap" hotas
I have one, and love it. As far as lateral/vertical thrusters are concerned, there is an analog stick for your left hand pointer finger on the throttle that works great. The stick itself has HALL Effect sensors (same sensors as the very pricey Warthog stick) and is very accurate. It's mostly plastic of course, but at that price point it's a given. The stick buttons (on the base) are kind of useless in VR, but since you aren't running E:D in VR it isn't an issue.
The only real downside is the throttle lubricant from the factory is pretty garbage. I spent a few minutes taking the base off of the bottom and putting some Nyogel 767a lubricant and it has been perfect since.
This set does go on sale somewhat frequently, but it doesn't often get lower than this price.
Amazon has it for sale to but you won't get ebates.
You bet! Also, it’s super expensive right now but the Thrustmaster T16000M FCS is a fantastic starting setup that is usually around $150 or less but it appears to be out of stock in places. Really solid stick that is higher quality than the starting units without getting crazy expensive. If you’re in the market, I’d highly recommend it.
I'm loving my Thrustmaster FCS HOTAS pack. (TWCS is the throttle, FCS is the combo)
Default bindings for the throttle aren't there (since it's brand new) but the stick that comes with it is among the most popular (Thrustmaster T16000M). Another advantage of this, if you decide to go dual stick, you already have an ambidextrous one.
If you're on a budget, the Thrustmaster HOTAS X isn't half bad, but it is decidedly entry level.
Edit: corrected TWCS to FCS and added Amazon links.
Here's a good entry-level HOTAS that a lot of people like using with Elite. It hovers around $50.
You can use various buttons as modifiers (like shift or control on a keyboard) to get many different keybinds out of the different button combinations available. A quick search on the ED subreddit will give you many keybind options.
Other good HOTAS options that are a step up from that one are the Thrustmaster T16000M, the X52, and X52 Pro. I use an X52 pro and I love it.
Thrustmaster is down to $99.99 at Amazon now. Best price I have ever seen it:
Honestly i used to do stuff like this all the time. But it still felt way too busy for me. So i bought a mouse with 12 buttons on the side as i play a lot of mmos. It's honestly so nice i only use my keyboard for WASD, CTRL, ALT and Shift. Everything else is bound to my mouse. I could never go back now.
If you're looking to get one i recommend (like many) the Razer Naga. Or if you're on a budget (Like me) I found this one on amazon:
It does the job and I've no complaints with it. It even comes with it's own program so you can change the macros on it.
Here is my UI in game: https://imgur.com/2MCLAr0
Same price on Amazon as well: https://www.amazon.com/HyperX-Cloud-Gaming-Headset-KHX-HSCP-RD/dp/B00SAYCXWG
I have this one but I really want this one
Just a tip for everyone. Try to keep similar abilities bound to the same button across all characters. Example: all my interrupts are bound to Q. Any health steroids are on R and quick healing spells are on E. It’s helps because then it becomes muscle memory rather than memorizing spells.
I highly recommend this joystick and throttle for ED. It's a more reasonable price (was actually $35 on Amazon when I got mine), and there are enough buttons to control everything with the right control scheme. I got my Rift a couple of weeks ago and ED is pretty much all I've been playing since then.
Yes, I used rubber dome for years, and a mech was my last end game upgrade.
Did it make me better no, but it did make me more consistent and get rid of the times I'd mess my counter step up and my first bullet would be inaccurate . Also I can easily work out on peeks widening a step at a time much more efficiently with tighter movement. Same with shoulder peeking to draw out awp shots.
If your wanting to try one pout you can get a brand called red dragon for 30-40 on amazon. Im using one, put some rubber o-ring under it and it feels great.
There is also a full keyed one for a little more. Idk how long it will hold up, but it's recommended a few places as a good entry level on to try out mechs.
I bought this when COVID shutdowns began and I love it - gotten a solid what 15-16 months of use and no issues at all:
HyperX Cloud II - Gaming Headset, 7.1 Surround Sound, Memory Foam Ear Pads, Durable Aluminum Frame, Detachable Microphone, Works with PC, PS4, Xbox One - Red https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00SAYCXWG/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_fabc_N0TK9RAH80G1AABSHWAS?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1
Logitech g600 all the way, had it for a few years and still works like new.
There's a direcr link to amazon, I recommend it over every single one.
They on Sale right now on Amazon for ~$42 Brand new. Got mine a week ago. Cause my G700s just doesnt have enough buttons for me anymore. Still love it cause its wireless though.
Ultrawings has a virtual flight stick (its only control scheme before it added HOTAS support).
It is capable, but it is simple, and it is still occasionally frustrating to use even though it is only a little more than the virtual stick.
My belief is that a virtual HOTAS is possible but that it would not be very pleasant.
Unlike steering wheels (I still want a wheel with modern force feedback for under $200, sigh), a good entry level HOTAS is affordable. The HOTAS X is $50 on Amazon.
Those who are accustomed to super high end sticks would object to it but I've found it a great entry point for Elite, and likely far superior to a (nonexistent) virtual HOTAS.
The same deal is on Amazon for those with Prime.
Yes. I noticed that when I pulled ip rhe galaxy map. I feel like I need to stand up and walk back and forth in front of that map.
I've only played for about 15 minutes so far. We'll see how it goes.
The experience was enough to sell me o. Star Wars Squadrons in VR when it comes out.
I bought this at Christmas: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01KCHPRXA/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_ay5fFbFKD7SPM
The buttons on the throttle are super easy to figure out, they're all pretty different in feel and shape.
The buttons on the joystick are another matter though. I havent figures out their feeling yet, they're all so similar
It's like gaming back in the 90s before light up keyboards, and voice chat, where if yoy want to smack talk someone in a death match game, in your poorly lit room you needed to memorize tbe keyboard and type fast between kills.
Yeah, I wish I had that one. I have this HOTAS X. There are a couple of other models with the identical setup for PS4 and Xbox One. They are all currently $75-120 on Amazon, so I'm just grateful for now that I'm only out $7.
Five Bucks more on Amazon gets you a brand new one.
I feel pretty weird about used peripherals personally, same goes with console controllers.
You know, I actually bought this same exact keyboard about 2 months ago and I love it. It's the first mechanical keyboard that I've bought and although I didn't look closely enough at it on Amazon and I bought one without a number pad, I still don't regret it. I've been using this mouse for about two years too and their stuff, although cheap compared to other brands, actually seems alright.
You can get one with chinese switches on amazon for REALLY cheap
it's not the best, but the quality is still 1000000X better than a regular keyboard
A lot of people say the Hyper X Cloud II. I just bought it and I’ll get some play time in this week with it.
On sale for $69.99 on Amazon right now
HyperX Cloud II Gaming Headset for PC & PS4 & Xbox One, Nintendo Switch - Red (KHX-HSCP-RD) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00SAYCXWG/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_qxVgAbERE0CSW
I use the T16000m Hotas with my VR. Price fluctuates around $100-150, but ie currently on sale on amazon for $97.00
Thrustmaster T16000M FCS HOTAS https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01KCHPRXA/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_mkakCb41RAAV6
It's got enough buttons to map almost everything you need to the joystick without modifier buttons, but if you use 1 or 2, then you can map everything to it. I only use the mouse/keyboard now to search for system names.
Wow this looks like a straight knockoff of the HyperX Cloud II headset I have, down to the colour
HOTAS (hand-on-throttle-and-stick) is a setup in which you have one hand on a flight stick and the other on a throttle controller, while HOSAS (Hand-on-stick-and-stick) is using two flight sticks, one in each hand.
Mem-Chanical meaning not mechanical. You can get a Reddragon Kumara K552 for much much cheaper
45 on Amazon with coupon
40 on CC
What's your price limit for a joystick? This is the model I have, it's fairly cheap and it's been working great for me for over 5 years now.
If you're using Knossos then setting up an Xbox controller should just be a matter of linking it to your computer and then going to joystick settings and selecting the controller. If that doesn't work or you have other questions or problems then I recommend going over to the Discord, where the Freespace Open devs will be able to help.
Redragon on sale for $23.99 on Amazon
I've used an older version of this:
Worked OK with Star Wars Trilogy Arcade. May have to tweak a bit.
Affordable at under $40.
Extreme 3D Pro Joystick for Windows https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00009OY9U/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_fabc_GS92J9PWDQ6NQBWK7B4X
That’s what most people using a PC start out using. Not sure what people using apple products can and can’t use?
Also check out VATSIM if your researching simulating realism in a simulator. There are lots of shortcomings vs real life, but it’s a network that try’s at least :)
Check out /r/eliteVR and /r/elitedangerous for guides. If you have never played I would recommend playing on a flat screen until you are comfortable with game mechanics. Flying is difficult and you'll want to learn before trying in VR. You can use a controller, which is preferable to kb/m in VR, but there aren't enough buttons so you'll have to bind some dual presses. If you enjoy the game enough, get yourself one of these throttle+stick, they used to be 50 bucks but they're scarce now thanks to ED and squadrons.
Couple of questions:
Are these worth double the price of these Redragons
If I am not in a rush, should I wait until BF for something better?
Yeah, that's U.S. pricing.
Canadian conversion would be $48, but it's currently listed for $59.99 on Amazon.ca.
That being said, the Seer is better and around the same price in Canada (once it comes back in stock) if you're ok with 60%.
Budget sub $50 CAD wired mechanical keyboard in Canada, you're probably looking at Redragon primarily.
edit: For example, $43.99 CAD after coupon.
I got an email from Amazon and also checked New Egg. Not sure what's going on.
1.) take the money you are going to spend on that internal HDD and the external HDD and get you a "large as you can afford" internal SSD. I'd look at either a 1TB or (2) 500GB. Maybe something like this.
2.) Dont waste your money on that keyboard, if you are building a 'red' build, go to amazon and look at the 'red dragon' keyboards.
3.) also, stay away from off brands, IMO. It ain't worth the savings if you have to RMA the part. Mainly looking at the RAM you chose, but the SSD falls in that category also. read reviews. If there are only 2 reviews for something, I personally wouldn't trust it.
I use a Razer Naga knock-off that I got on Amazon about 3 years ago for €25. Works great.
I purchased the T.1600M FCS from Amazon and absolutely love it. The throttle works great, you will need to tweak the settings to your preference but I would absolutely recommend it. No clue on the voice stuff since I don't do the virtual stuff. Except for typing/chatting all of it can be done on the two controls. I especially like the mini joystick to get off the pad quickly. I also bound the flapper in front to forward and back thrust when the landing gear is down....
Its cheaper that when bought it....
HyperX Cloud II are highly recommended by this community. Picked one up for myself a few weeks ago and they are great, very comfortable for long gaming sessions
Here is amazon link: https://www.amazon.com/HyperX-Gaming-Headset-Nintendo-Switch/dp/B00SAYCXWG/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1494099812&sr=8-2&keywords=hyperx+cloud+2
The TM 16000 HOTAS - I use this for ED - Super awesome for the price. Most HOTAS are overpriced. This one is fantastic for the cost. TONS of buttons and neat features on the throttle you won't see anywhere else! I love the little throttle finger joystick, it makes for perfect lateral and vertical movements to mix with the joystick movements. The X52 will match the in-game model better, but honestly while in VR and doing stuff you're not going to be starring at your joystick and throttle in-game model...like at all. Best budget HOTAS imo.
amazon link - https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01KCHPRXA/
Redragon Perdition. I picked this up for $35 last December, intending to use it for a couple of months. It has since seen a month of playtime in FFXIV, and plenty in other MMOs. I use it every single day and can't recommend it enough.
And it's 4.5 stars on Amazon with 2.5k reviews, which is petty crazy.
I use the Hotas X, its a pretty good joystick. You can also find it on amazon a bit cheaper
This is asked a lot, but I saw the Thrustmaster T-Flight HOTAS X, which was the previously recommended budget HOTAS is now out of stock on Amazon.
What are some equally good budget ones? Maybe a list could help.
There are some mech cloneboards on Amazon that'll go as low as the high $20s or $30s, but in the wild (like reddit) you might find a set of keycaps for $20 shipped....
The G600 I have is pretty great.
That said you can check amazon for cheaper ones as well.
Just to be clear, the only HyperX wireless headphones are the Cloud Flight, nonetheless, as stated in Amazon by a HyperX agent, they just work wired with the Nintendo Switch.
I just bought the HyperX Cloud 2 wired and they are amazing for the price, really comfortable. Amazon has them as a prime deal
HyperX Cloud II
I use the Hyper X Cloud II headset. Amazon link Don't worry about the price, it's often on sale on Amazon for maybe 60 bucks.
I've tried a couple of different headsets and they all pinched my ears. The Hyper X is sooo soft, it covers my whole ear and is like a soft cushion around it. I'd recommend it a hundred times, also for its quality all around.
Not bad for keyboard, you really should invest in a joystick
I recommend the Thrustmaster T-flight Hotas X it’s is good for beginners.
Hello, and welcome to the community!
I don't think you'd be able to get anything custom in that price range. You could try lurking on eBay to see if any older models of a Corsair show up with brown switches that are cheap enough.
There are also a bunch of lower-end mechanical keyboards listed on Amazon that fit your requirements, like this. If you just search 'rgb mechanical keyboard' and sort by price, you'd see there are a decent amount of results. You probably won't get actually Cherry MX switches, and most of the listings seem to be blue or red equivalents, but those certainly beat your membrane keyboard!
Update: found this guy with brown switches! Now hopefully that ships to Canada...
There are a ton of cheap mechs on Amazon that are actually decent for the price. Here are a couple that seem pretty nice:
I also have a couple old mechs that I could sell you, send me a PM if you want.
I got the Thrustmaster T16000M when it was on a sale.
I've also heard good things about the Thrustmaster T-Flight which is a cheaper option.
I would search for HOTAS threads over at /r/EliteDangerous to get some other opinions.
HyperX Cloud II Gaming Headset - 7.1 Surround Sound - Memory Foam Ear Pads - Durable Aluminum Frame - Works with PC, PS4, PS4 PRO, Xbox One, Xbox One S - Gun Metal (KHX-HSCP-GM) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00SAYCVTQ/ref=cm_sw_r_other_apa_xvqRBbZM3VAZ8
Use this mouse. It's my go to and the buttons on the side are programmable, with a g-shift button that changes them to a different layout so the 12 buttons are really 24 buttons. It takes minimal movement, it would just be your thumb. If you end up getting it I can send you my UI layout that I use with it for XIV and my keybinds (they can be a bit finnicky if you don't get them just right)
Edit: it goes on sale very often! So if you don't like the price now, you may be able to get a better price in the near future.
I've used the Logitech G600 for years. Only just bought a replacement a few weeks ago after 4 years of hard use and only because it was on sale and I figured "why not?"
Beginner can never go wrong with a basic Thrustmaster HOTAS stick and throttle. Here’s the one I’ve used for YEARS that took me through sim enthusiast through practicing patterns and emergency engine out glides during PPL training. https://www.amazon.com/Thrustmaster-T-Flight-Hotas-Flight-Stick-PC/dp/B001CXYMFS/ref=mp_s_a_1_13?dchild=1&keywords=t-flight+hotas+pc&qid=1624747552&sr=8-13
I’m just now trying to figure out a rig for yoke and t-quad.
Gotta agree with this as well.
If you want to keep your function row, grab a Keychron C1 (65$ sorry don't know how to find the price in Euros).
K552 is also an option, though there are cons to this. If you plan on it being your only keyboard without ideas of upgrading in the future, then I don't recommend unless you are on a tight budget. Still many ways to modify just more limitations.
> back when I still clicked in MMO's lol.
I was gonna comment on that lol. First time I played an MMO, WoW back in 2012, was largely by clicking and rebinding hotkeys. After two weeks I bought a 12 button MMO mouse. Still using that same exact one and I can't imagine playing any of my MMOs without it.
What country are you in?
The Redragon K552 is a popular budget board, found one version with RGB just under 50€.
Any particular thoughts on RedDragon's Keyboards? I'm looking to get a 75% keyboard with Red Switches and I was looking at this keyboard specifically and it's perfect for what I need, but I'm still a newbie in the world of mechanical keyboards and haven't heard much about them, so I came on here to check.
Red Dragon stuff is fine. Using this one right now for 14 and it's been pretty great. Lightweight, sized perfectly for my smaller hands, not too ugly, software is easy, etc.
(Sorry for ugly link)
Logitech Extreme 3D Pro + some keyboard controls for landing gear, lights, and other non-essential things will likely be sufficient IMO. $40 is pretty good price.
I've also used the T16000M HOTAS found it to be overkill for a not-VR setup.
You need HOTAS for VR, a simple joystick (or two) is good enough for playing the game on a normal screen.
I've been using my Hyper X Cloud 2s for years now, love them
Only note is it came with the weird Plether ear cups on it, and the cloth ones are way more comfortable
If it's in your budget, I'd strongly recommend getting an MMO mouse like this one. It has a dozen -- literally a dozen! -- buttons along the side that you press with your mouse-hand thumb, which frees up your keyboard hand (somewhat) to focus on movement. In practice, you'll still need to bind the keyboard keys near the movement keys to cover all of your abilities, but you can assign those keys to abilities you use less frequently (meaning ones that have longer cooldowns), and assign your main rotational moves to the mouse buttons.
It's a little hard to get used to at first -- 12 buttons is a lot for one digit -- but after a few hours, if you're anything like me, you'll be wondering how you even played before.
Once you get pretty comfortable, I'd also recommend starting to look into using the modifier keys -- shift, ctrl, and alt (in case you weren't aware) -- through macros. Macros are their own separate (and large) subject, but setting up a few to use modifier keys isn't too difficult, and they'll essentially multiply the number of buttons/keys you have available for stuff.
Oh, and definitely rebind the keyboard-turning keys as others have suggested -- I actually forgot that was a thing, since it's basically the first thing I did.
This one is £40 new on Prime - first one I received died in a month and got returned, second one has been used almost daily for over 3 years going strong. Quite good quality for the price imo.
You will probably get some more help from /r/Gaming_Headsets if you want some people who probably know more about this stuff. But I would personally recommend some Hyper Xclouds they are really good for headsets, and mic is great at not picking up any external noise.
idk if hyperx is considered "mainstream" but i have their cloud 2's which are usually $100 but are 20 bucks off on amazon right now. they're extremely comfy and light, i dont get any fatigue with 6+ hour session. they have lasted me a couple years now with no issues. great sound quality, the mic is ok at best but it isn't bad and ive gotten no complains about how i sound. https://www.amazon.com/HyperX-Cloud-Gaming-Headset-KHX-HSCP-GM/dp/B00SAYCVTQ/
HyperX Cloud II, yo tengo los Cloud Core desde hace 4 años y son macheteros, súper cómodos.
EDIT: Antes los vendían en yoytec, parece que ya no.
Extreme 3D Pro Joystick for Windows https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00009OY9U/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glc_fabc_OdJ3FbXGMEXBE?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1
There is two links here.
I wouldn't bother. It's crap! :D
However 250 CAD for a HOTAS is...tricky. That's £143. You'd get a budget but okay stick and half a budget but okay throttle in the UK for that!
Your best bet would be the FCS flight pack from the TM but fekk me is it pricey in Canada! https://www.amazon.ca/Thrustmaster-663296420732-T16000M-FCS-Hotas/dp/B01KCHPRXA/ref=sr_1_2?dchild=1&keywords=thrustmaster+fcs&qid=1606161964&sr=8-2
That's £230! For T16000M and a TWCS. There's normally a bit of an effective discount on the individual items associated with buying that bundle! :D
So frankly, if your budget is utterly maxed out at 250 CAD then I think the HOTAS X is your only choice. It's pretty dreadful and it'll probably break sooner or later unless you're very gentler with it (and even then it'll probably break) but if it's what you can afford then...
Obviously the wise thing is to save up and buy something that will last and will be good quality but you sound in kind of a rush. ;)
$30 is a super tight budget, I would look for something that has either Red or Brown switches, as everything in that price range is gonna be more or less equivalent in terms of quality
Yeah, I should have been more clear, my bad. The red switch 552 is rainbow:
While the blue switch one is RGB:https://www.amazon.com/Redragon-K552-RGB-Mechanical-Keyboard-Construction/dp/B019O9BLVY/ref=pd_lpo_147_t_0/141-2938029-3710413?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=B019O9BLVY&pd_rd_r=e6e52522-88b6-4c78-86ad-fce2c1e846a1&pd_rd_w=ovShK&pd_rd_wg=l0...
On Amazon as well if anyone wants to buy there https://www.amazon.com/Logitech-Gaming-Backlit-Programmable-Buttons/dp/B0086UK7IQ/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=logitech+g600&qid=1604011015&sr=8-1
Are you looking for just a stick or a HOTAS?
The RSI forums have some good discussions on this topic, including this one.
I've personally tried a Logitech Extreme 3D Pro, a Cyborg 3D, and Thrustmaster T-Flight, and I prefer the Logitech primarily due to the ergonomics (though the quality also feels decent). For only $35 on Amazon, this is what I'd go with if you're just looking for a joystick without the HOTAS.
I use a HOTAS, but you can use a regular controller or KB+M
Highly recommend keeping an eye on this on Amazon if you want a HOTAS, it goes on sale quite often. Got mine for $30USD IIRC and saw it hit $20 once
Not sure if you can find this in Sweden, but this mouse has been great for me. It regularly goes on sale on both Amazon and Newegg for $30.
I have a pair of Hyper X Cloud 1st gen headset I love. After watching Linus Tech Tips review of them I bought them. The 2nd Gen is currently on Amazon for $90 and I think the first gen which I have are a bit cheaper.
Removable mic, carrying bag, extension cord, splitter, USB adapter thing I think, extra ear pads, great box. Very worth the money IMHO.
I use them almost everyday for ateast 4 hours and they are by far the comfiest I've used personally. Never have sweaty ears, head never hurts, etc.
Beach Audio is claiming to have them in stock via Amazon with free shipping.
Amazon, Newegg, and /r/buildapcsales are your best friends for sales.
For mice, if he's the type that loves a lot of buttons on his mouse, I highly recommend this piece of beauty. I've had it for a couple years now and while it's off-brand (making it $30ish cheaper than comparable mice), it's held up great. It frequently goes on sale for $30.
If he's the type to set up his laptop on a desk when at home and he wants a dedicated keyboard for it, I'd recommend anything mechanical. I have this one and the price it is right now ($90) is fantastic (if not in your budget, that's fine too - there are other mechs for cheaper, usually without the custom lighting)
I don't have them (YET) but everybody seems to love the hyper x cloud 2 and Amazon had them for 65 dollars.
Here's the link.
Yes, the HOTAS X is still a good unit. Though if you've got a bit more cash, the new Thrustmaster FCS would likely be much better and it's currently on sale on Amazon.
I've personally got one on order up here in Canada, though I won't get it for another couple weeks.
I concede on the KBM part. I agree, you can get stuff that will work fine for pretty cheap.
The T16000m by itself is around $40 on amazon normally. They recently released the new FCS HOTAS, which comes with the T16000m stick and a throttle, for $130. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01KCHPRXA or the same thing with pedals included for $200 https://www.amazon.com/Thrustmaster-T16000M-FCS-Flight-Pack/dp/B01N2PE8CZ
They are switching over production from the older green design to the newer gold design, so I wouldn't buy anything right now until it settles down again. I expect you'll be able to buy the stick alone again once they do (and people can stop scalping them...)
You're not the only asshole who thinks that, there's a whole large crowd of us. :)
I can't speak highly enough about the Thrustmaster FCS... Amazon looks to be out of them actually...
The T16000M joystick is one of the best ones out there (and can't be beat at its price point), and it's ambidextrous, so if you want to try dual stick, your already halfway there.
The throttle feels rather nice, and you have easy access to more buttons than you'll know what to do with. There's a good rudder for horizontal strafing, and a little joystick on it that I use fit vertical strafing.
One advantage that I get from a HOTAS vs HOSAS is that it translates well to atmospheric flight games (play some of them as well), so no need for extra peripherals.
I purchased a Thrustmaster 16000m with a throttle. It's arriving in the mail today. It was on sale at Amazon:
I was using a controller and I think that was just getting me killed.
I often forget to change the pips from weapons when I don't have the enemy in front of me. I spend a lot of time spinning and looking for my target. All the while, I'm getting shot to bits. There's definitely a learning curve.
I bought a redragon mechanical keyboard for $40 shipped yesterday. Looks decent for the price should be in tommorow. Not sure if Amazon Europe sells it or not https://www.amazon.com/Redragon-KUMARA-Backlit-Mechanical-Keyboard/dp/B016MAK38U
so, this is really all based on a person's preference. there are quite a few HOTAS's that are used for this game. they vary in price, quality, and number of buttons/hats/switches/etc.
here are some examples of "reasonably priced" ones:
Saitek X52 Pro (or you could go with a non-pro version to save $50)
You can always go to Amazon and/or do google searches for reviews and other HOTAS systems. I hope this has helped you though. Good luck, and fly safe, CMDR. o7
There are many low priced mechanical keyboards available on amazon. You're definitely going to want a mechanical keyboard over a normal one. Some of them are backlit if that is something your are interested in. I would recommend this one https://smile.amazon.com/Redragon-KUMARA-Backlit-Mechanical-Keyboard/dp/B016MAK38U/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1492473281&sr=8-1&keywords=red+dragon+mechanical+keyboard
There are plenty of keyboards at that price range. They may not be the best overall keyboard, but they sure as hell will be better than rubber domes.
Here is one of the first keyboards that I found on amazon for 31.67 Euros. It also has 790 reviews and a 4.5 star rating.
Highly recommend Kingston HyperX Cloud II. These are great at blocking out background (hard shell) and are so comfortable that I wear them all day without discomfort.
Right now Amazon has a sale on for 94.96 $CA, which is a good deal. They are normally "on sale" for 112 $CA.
I use the Logitech G430s. They're $40 on Amazon at the time this comment was typed. I've had them for the past few months and they're great.
The 7.1 surround sound is awesome, and there's a pretty nice amount of bass. The ear cups are removable and washable, and the headband has a sort of memory foam as cushion. They feel good to wear for long periods of time and they don't make me sweat at all. It also comes with an above average mic. I can recommend them in a heartbeat.
Amazon also has Logitech G430 Over-the-Ear Gaming Headset on sale for $34.99. Shipping is free. Note that it wont ship until June 21st