Thrustmaster 16000M or Saitek X52?

  • I'm very new to Elite Dangerous. Bought it a little while ago and just started playing last week. I'm using keyboard and mouse, which is alright, but I want to try a HOTAS. I've never used one before, and I'm trying to decide between the 16000M and X52. I think I'd prefer the thrust on the 16000M, but the stick on the X52 seems to have more options, like the pinky trigger. I also like how the 16000M has the thrust and stick separate and they can be used with other gear. Is there a standalone stick available that's similar to the X52 stick for a decent price that I could pair up with the 16000M thrust? Or should I just get one full set or the other?

    Also as a side note, I'm probably going to get an Index VR set eventually, so that could have an impact on my control options.