Top critical review
Get better wheel if serious [and wallet thick enough].
Reviewed in Canada on July 21, 2019
Well, I've been using this for approximately 1 month now. Not that long, but have enough hours on this wheel to make a decent appraisal of its qualities and flaws.
To understand the title and following 'review', please understand that my use may be different than your use. I enjoy racing games, but in a casual relaxing way. I play lots of Assetto Corsa and Project Cars 2, but not in a serious manner. I usually do practice laps with some music in the background just to relax. I don't even care about racing all that much.
What I do use this wheel for the most, and where my passion lies, is with the slower paced simulators. Bus Simulators, Truck Simulators (Euro Truck Simulator 2, American Truck Simulator, Bus Simulator 18, to name the popular ones).
So with THAT in mind...
...let's start with cons and finish with pros;
----- Price when not on sale.
---- Real crappy software profiler. Lots of issues with lots of games the profiler doesn't "support".
---- Center feels absolutely numb and dead; no feedback when steering is near center.
---- Near the center and within 5-10 degrees each side, you can feel the teeth of the gears.
--- G29 red turning knob is pure garbage, doesn't properly function, doesn't always register and sometimes registers as double for one click.
--- Rather rough/grindy-teeth feedback when cornering, not like a real steering input/feel.
-- Small steering, way too small. Looks/feels like a toy.
-- Gamepad button clutter. Looks like a fancy gamepad, not a "steering wheel".
-- Clutch pedal has too little feel or pressure to feel right. Not worth using if you've driven real manual, too toy-like.
- Short cables.
- Don't like that the flapping gear changers turn with the wheel.
- Pedals don't stick so well to the floor or carpet unfortunately...
- ...especially under heavy brake pressure, because brake pressure is way too stiff too early.
- A lot of fiddling around settings and tweaking in too many games. For a "starter" wheel, I would have expected such a popular product to have incredible out-of-the-box support with most games having the right settings. Not the case. Most games have horrible settings that don't feel normal to a real car driver.
A MATTER OF TASTE
-/+ "Leather" feels a little too 'hard', wished it was thicker (especially considering the full asking price, which I would never pay).
-/+ Always does its rotates when PC boots or wakes from sleep.
-/+ Cables are tidy underneath, but also makes it more of a chore to setup and put away.
-/+ big external power brick with short cable.
-/+ the back of the "wheel" looks like the front of a mustang. Childish look in my opinion.
+++++ The cons make me anxious to upgrade for a better wheel asap!
++++ Feels really solid and well built. I feel it will survive longer than I want it to, unfortunately.
++++ positive feeling buttons, they feel solid and not flimsy.
+++ Apart from the gamepad looks, the steering 'looks' good with the blue center bar.
+++ Nicely shaped wheel
++ Nice metal pedals
++ Works very well with Assetto Corsa with no tweaking!
++ Assetto Corsa is the only game that makes this wheel feel good (that I know of, too much tweaking and numbness in other games)
+ Won't break the bank too much if your looking for a taste at virtual driving.
If you can afford it, skip this wheel. Get something with a smooth brushless motor. The grindy feeling of the wheel is completely unlike driving a real car. No amount of tweaking feedback settings can fix this.. and the wrong settings actually even accentuate the toy=like feeling.
NEVER BUY THIS AT FULL PRICE!!! Not even worth its sale price!