The First Great Expedition Forum
Thrustmaster MFD or G13 - Printable Version

+- The First Great Expedition Forum (
+-- Forum: Open Forums [viewable by non-members] (/forumdisplay.php?fid=27)
+--- Forum: Technical Department (/forumdisplay.php?fid=153)
+--- Thread: Thrustmaster MFD or G13 (/showthread.php?tid=3291)

Thrustmaster MFD or G13 - Matt Kowalsky - 30-12-2015 08:09 PM

I want to treat myself and upgrade my cockpit but I don't really know what to choose between a Thrustmaster MFD and a Logitech G13.

I currently have a Thrustmaster T-Flight X HOTAS so a G13 might get awkward to use next to the Throttle.
Also, I suppose the MFD will be easier to use due to the fact that I can easily print a template describing the function of each button

Any advice you guys could dispense?
Known combination that work pretty well?
Does ED support the G13's LCD display for anything useful?


RE: Thrustmaster MFD or G13 - Hellhawk - 31-12-2015 01:20 AM

I have not use either of the devices, although I do have a Razer Nostromo which is sitting unused in the closet, so I guess that means something Smile The Nostromo worked fine, but I bought it before text comms were implemented in the game and once they were it was more useful to have a full keyboard.

I don't think that ED recognizes any devices with LCD screens that take game output - it doesn't even recognize the screen on the Saitek X52, which is used by a lot of the devs.

My gut feeling is that the MFD might be more useful, but personally I'd prefer to stay with a HOTAS + kbd + mouse for simplicity.

I use the Thrustmaster T-Flight HOTAS X myself, and have done so for the last two years in ED. I'm always thinking of upgrading to "something better", but it works so well I'm reluctant to do so. I did buy an X52 Pro last year, but sold it on ebay very quickly - the cheaper Thrustmaster is a superior product IMHO. The only other HOTAS combo I'm tempted by is a CH Products Combatstick + Throttle + Peddles, but I would have a lot of "muscle memory" to retrain Confused

If you go ahead with either purchase keep us up to date - I'm sure a lot of the members would be interested to know how you get on.

RE: Thrustmaster MFD or G13 - Matt Kowalsky - 31-12-2015 09:23 AM

Well, I'm also going to throw in the mix Roccat PowerGrid.
Although I had installed it before but never got to use it because I didn't feel the inclination to spend ages messing around to define my own grid, and couldn't settle on a ready made grid that would suit me.
Voice Attack is another possibility but I'm reluctant to go that route because of the noise level

RE: Thrustmaster MFD or G13 - Matt Kowalsky - 04-01-2016 11:49 AM

(04-01-2016 09:40 AM)Hellhawk Wrote:  Oh cool, you got them - are they set up yet, and if so how do you find playing with them?

So, yes I decided to go for the MFDs. I've plugged them in and they look the part.

So far, I've set them up using the work done by another Commander (See here) but I haven't had a chance to try them out yet.
Certainly the Target software that comes with them looks like a real b*** to configure, so it may take a while before I'm happy with the results, but that's all part of the fun

RE: Thrustmaster MFD or G13 - AndySpawn - 04-01-2016 09:12 PM

I'm seriously tempted to pick up a set of these myself to go with my X-55 HOTAS. They're only about £47 on Amazon at the moment.

That leg up by the other CMDR looks like a good place to start for binding them. I have most of my most used commands bound to the HOTAS so the likes of targeting, wings, and comms might go to these.

RE: Thrustmaster MFD or G13 - Matt Kowalsky - 05-01-2016 06:17 PM

So far, they look like a nice piece of kit.
After reading through the programming user manual it's looks like we should be able to do some cool stuff.
For example, flashing an LED light while the landing gear is down or Cargo scoop is deployed. (That's what I've been doing over the last few days rather than playing Smile )
There are 4 LEDs which can be individually controlled as well as the intensity of the backlight.
But it's clearly aimed at developer type folks.

It would also be useful to have graphical designer skills to put together a nice looking template for the screens

PS: Don't worry though if you're not a developer. There's a GUI programme for folks who don't want to mess around with the programming guide. You won't be able to do all they're capable of but you can still assign each and every button to ED controls.

RE: Thrustmaster MFD or G13 - AndySpawn - 06-01-2016 10:12 PM

The number of times I've undocked and flown out with my gear down, or tried to engage SC with my scoop deployed... A glaringly obvious flashing led would be handy Big Grin

I don't mind fiddling about a little with the GUI or some simple scripts (I'm used to fighting with the Saitek/Mad Catz software, and have an indie game dev friend).

I might look at putting a template together for them, once I get a set and have them set up the way I want.