Today I am going to check out the Thrustmaster 2x MFD Cougar. This is a package with a pair of the MFD Cougar cockpit panels made by Thrustmaster for flight simulation fans. These are very cool and if your flight sim of choice is Microsoft Flight Simulator, you will really love these things.
The MFD Cougar x2 pack has a pair of USB panels that connect to the Pc. The panels ship with various cards that simulate MFD panel screens from real aircraft. The buttons on the MFD Cougar are backlit and each has 20 buttons and four switches in all.
The MFD Cougar are designed mostly for gamers who like Microsoft Flight Simulator X or 2004. The things have cards that are pre printed and profiles made by Thrustmaster that are specifically for different types of aircraft in the game. There are profiles for Generic, Light Aviation, and Airliner.
When you choose these profiles, the controls and buttons are mapped to mimic those in the games and it makes your virtual flight much more realistic and puts the controls you need at your fingertips. One of the big issues with the MFD Cougar is that you can’t make your own profiles, which is surprising. I hope that Thrustmaster will offer software in the future that allows you to program the MFD Cougar with your own profiles.
The buttons can be bound in each of your games to specific controls as long as the MFD Cougar screens are recognized. In Flight Simulator X the MFD Cougar are great. I was worried that the screen would move around on my desk during use.
Thrustmaster weighted the base that holds the screens so unless you press hard movement isn’t an issue. The screens can also be removed from the base to lay flat on your desk or to be mounted inside a cockpit of you create. The MFD Cougar is a great complement to go along with the T.16000M joystick or one of the HOTAS systems that Thrustmaster and other companies make. The MFD Cougar are backlit for easy viewing in the dark and the intensity of the backlights can be adjusted.
- Adds to realism
- Puts controls at your fingertips
- Very cool
- Can’t program your own profiles
The MFD Cougar pack is a great addition to the flight control system for virtual pilots. The MFDs add a lot of realism and are fun to use.
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