napamule wrote:I use a USB Targus 10-key pad ($15) and map a bunch of commands to it. It is strudy enough to last 5 years (so far) whereas the $55 G13 will only last 9 months (average) if used daily (according to reviews). Thumb switches go first. And the keys are below wrist level so you have to cup your hand to place fingers on keys on lower level (not ergonomic as claimed). Expensive junk!
Interesting. Two people with totally different experiences.
I bought mine from Amazon, and wrote about it on Sat Mar 23, 2013 8:42 pm in The poor mans sim pit - PART 5 Extra Keys
This thing is as solid as a rock and still works.
Like you, I bought a separate numeric keypad. I used mine to control the onscreen GPS. It worked out exceptionally well. . .
MS Windows treats ALL connected keyboards and keypads as the same thing. For instance the number 5
on one keyboard can't be programmed differently from the number 5
on another board plugged into the same machine.
That is, normally
There are ways to get around this. I used the free program HIDMacros
to get around this. With HIDMacros
you can have as many keyboards as you have room for, and everyone of them will be treated completely different. So, for an example, you CAN program the 5
on each keyboard to do different things when pressed.Simple and easy to use
Another such program is JoyToKey (AKA Joy2Key)
. It's a shareware/free program that is both small, simple, and yet powerful.
Don't overlook some of the simpler solutions. ANY USB device can be used for your flight sim. This cheap USB GamePad can be used to control anything that you want, like setting the numbers on your radio or autopilot.
Or, because they are so cheap, strip it down and use the board to add buttons to something else.AND
, if you're feeling inventive & adventurous, you can make your own controllers FAR cheaper than you can buy them using Arduino controllers..(Mine, but without the labels)Or something simpler like this (not mine).
Don't want to build your own? For about $100 (shipping included)
you can get a DSD FLT1
.This is mine after I put labels on itIn short - You've got a LOT of options.