The world of racing sim enthusiasts (read: go fast fanatics) is much
like the real world of racing in that driving fast is a very tactile
experience--the connection between the driver, his car, and the road
blurs until all three are seamlessly connected.
A powerful PC
with enough grunt to render beautiful cars and authentic tracks and a
killer surround sound system able to reproduce the aural clamor of big
time racing go a long way toward suspending a driver's disbelief--right
up to the moment he slips his hands onto a keyboard instead of a
leather clad steering wheel.
Logitech is easily the most
respected PC peripheral manufacturer on earth and today, we look at their
latest and possibly greatest racing wheel package--the G25. It includes
a force feedback steering wheel, a three pedal assembly, and a six
speed shifter. I can almost smell the high octane fuel and burnt rubber.
Grab The Wheel
The wheel "console" just reeks of quality from the very first moment
you touch it, and the first thing you touch is the hand stitched 11"
leather wheel. The next thing you become aware of as you pull it out of
the box is its beefy weight--if weight equates to quality, then
this is very high quality.
The brushed stainless of the
wheels' 3 spokes and the shifter paddles delights the eye and furthers
the impression of quality. At 3:00 and 9:00 are a pair of red buttons
within easy reach of either thumb and with just the right amount of
pressure and tactile feedback.
unit to your desktop is accomplished with a pair of screw down clamps.
Twist the knobs till the unit is secure, then push them in flush and
out of the way--easy, and tool free. There are also a pair of threaded
holes for those who wish to frame mount--a very welcomed feature.
brings me to one of the few complaints I have about the G25. It mounts
much as the MOMO Racing Wheels--also from Logitech--and because the
surfaces of the clamps' jaws are hard, the wheel can slip off during
difficult maneuvers--becoming a writhing force feedback powered boat
anchor. The inclusion of a rubber matting surface is easy to fix (I
an old heavyweight dish glove and a pair of scissors), but this should
have been an
obvious and included design element.