There are similar problems with the throttle, which is on the left. The hand-rest itself is pleasant enough to use and the movement is long and accurate. The wheels can be activated without too much difficulty and they can be assigned a choice of weapons or display modes, which is quite practical. The small shaft that is supposed to enable mouse emulation is unusable, however. The rudder is positioned at the back of the shaft, making it really hard to be accurate when using it because the fingers cannot grip it naturally.
Of course, if you want to program all the functions available for each button, you need to use the software supplied by Saitek. Although installation poses no problems, it's hard to figure out how to use it. It will take you a good hour to discover how to enable each of the functions.