There are plenty of simulator racing wheels and pedal sets on the market today – all with seemingly similar performance and looks. This can make it hard to know which wheel and pedal is the best for you, especially if you’re new to the semi-complicated world of sim racing. Today we’re going to review one of the most popular sim racing wheels on sale today and one that this author has a wealth of experience with – the Logitech G29. We’ll tell you all about what it’s like to not only use this wheel, but to own it over a long period of time so you can shop with an educated opinion.
Logitech G29 Driving Force Race Wheel
Logitech is a well-known purveyor of computer accessories. It’s likely that you’ve used one of their products before – be it a keyboard, mouse, monitor or computer speakers. The fact that Logitech manufactures the G29 Driving Force Race Wheel is one of the best aspects of the wheel and pedal set. Whereas other manufacturers of sim racing wheels aren’t well known outside of the sim racing world, such as Thrustmaster and Fanatec, Logitech is a reputable company trusted by professionals all over the world.
With a big company behind it, the G29 immediately feels like a solid product when you pull it out of the box. The wheel rim is trimmed in thick faux leather with thick stitching holding it to the metal rim. Your eyes are drawn to the blue metal 12 o’clock marking, which not only helps you keep track of how much steering lock the wheel has, but also gives it a neat racecar-style look. The small, chunky wheel has integrated buttons and a d-pad, which is joined by a rotary wheel that can be used to adjust a vehicle’s brake bias or traction control in-game, as long as the game supports custom button mapping. Metal gear shift paddles and metal pedals complete the well-built construction of this wheel.
So it all looks and feels nice, but how does it perform? The belt drive system provides strong force feedback that truly mimics what it’s like to drive a car quickly. Depending on your in-game force feedback settings, your arms may even begin to feel a bit tired after long sessions. The wheel base doesn’t get hot when driving for long periods of time, either, so you can use this wheel for hours on end and not worry about the durability of the product. The paddle shifters are responsive and have a very solid ‘click’ when you select a gear, but the travel is fairly long compared to what you may find on some real-world cars.
As for the pedals, they leave something to be desired. While the metal covers are nice, the base is still plastic and pedal feel isn’t the best. The gas and brake feel a bit weak and loose – especially when compared to a real car. Some online stores cell ‘load cell’ mods for the G29 pedal set that provide a stiffer, more communicative pedal feel, so it’s clear that many people find this to be a downside of the G29 pedals. That said, the pedals perform fine and should be more than adequate for entry-level sim racers or those not looking to take the hobby too seriously.
Another complaint is that the belt-drive system used by Logitech doesn’t provide very detailed or communicative steering feel compared to more expensive wheels from Fanatec or Thrustmaster. The steering always feels a bit numb, but this can be at least partially remedied with in-game force feedback settings,
What the wheel and pedals lack in realistic feel they make up for with durability, however. Some wheels and pedals prove to be troublesome if used frequently, but the Logitech G29 will keep going and going. This is the perfect wheel and pedal set for the sim racer that wants to just drive instead of constantly messing with their setup, swapping in new wheel and pedal combos trying to get a more ‘realistic’ driving experience. Just plug it in, drive and enjoy. I’ve owned this wheel and pedal set for over a year now and it’s never given me any problems of any sort – an ownership experience many others have echoed. Try saying that about a Thrustmaster or Fanatec product.
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Our Final Verdict
If you want to just race and don’t want to waste your time and money trying to find the utmost in realistic steering feel, this is the wheel for you. It can be used for hours on end and won’t overheat, it’s reliable, well-built and in the off chance that something does go wrong, it’s backed by a solid 2-year warranty from a major electronics company. The chunky wheel also feels nice in your hands and the metal paddles are downright addicting to shift with. This is one of the best sim racing wheels on sale today, in our opinion, and it’s very affordable to boot.
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