by William Kelley on December 30, 2009 in Peripherals
Crave ultimate realism in your PC games? Setting yourself up with a real simulator is a tad expensive, but for racing fans, Logitech gives us the next best thing with its G27 racing wheel. Logitech has long been known as a quality producer of racing wheels, and with the G27, the best just got better. Vroom vroom!
Overall, I realize that while my testing is based mostly on personal opinion, I feel I should state my “credentials” when it comes to using a wheel on the PC. Racing and racing simulators have been my genre of choice for over 5 years. I started out with the most basic combo, and finally settled on the MOMO roughly 3 years ago. Sadly, I never got around to the G25 as I was unable to procure one when it was released.
I have played mostly rally style games between Richard Burns Rally and the entire Colin McRae series. As for road racing, I stuck mostly to simulation style games like Live For Speed and the GTR series. The TOCA Racedriver series (which spawned GRID) was also another favorite of mine. All in all I’d dare guess I have far too many miles logged racing a PC than I care to admit.
Anyone that enjoys PC racing will undoubtedly enjoy the G27. From the quality feel to the high level of control, you simply cannot get a better racing experience for less. Coming in at $299 US, you get what you pay for. From the real stainless steel wheel and pedals to the leather wrapping, there is a feel of quality that cannot be mistaken. The designers really did a top notch job when going after the effect of an actual automobile.
The force feedback mechanism is also a thing of beauty. Nearly silent in use, it seamlessly adds the effect of driving an actual car. The gear whine present in every other wheel I have ever used is just gone. All feedback is also nearly silent with only the biggest of bumps causing any gear noise. Each game I ran had no trouble simulating all types of road surfaces and the effects of hitting various obstacles.
Pedal feel has been duplicated about as well as I have had grace my feet when driving behind my desk. While it is almost impossible to fully simulate actual automotive style resistance, Logitech did do a very commendable job. This may seem like a small detail, but it makes a huge difference in not only your overall experience but also to the way you are able to control your car. Braking is now not just a slam it down and hope for the best affair since you now can modulate foot pressure with ease.
The only “downside” I can really find with the G27 is the price, and to be fully fair I personally do not see this as a downside. Sure, the $300 admission ticket will stop the casual racer from running out to get it, but the hardcore racers will not hesitate. Before the original G25 you could not even buy a combo like this for under $1K, and even now there is little competition in this price range. I give this product a very high rating and it is a must get for those who love the racing genre but are just not able to buy that high end pro setup. I guarantee you will not be disappointed.
Logitech G27 Racing Wheel
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