Logitech G25 Racing Wheel Review
The big five hundred is a lot of hard work to spend on the steering wheel. How can Logitech justify asking us to spend that much?
The G25 starts a good start when you open a box that isn’t large because your sense of smell hit with a distinctive skin scent. Of course, the same level of excitement can be obtained from dismantling the Logitech steering wheel, which is cheaper under the Momo brand, but the wheels don’t come with a beautiful G25 paddle and metal drive. Close your eyes & you will imagine that you are behind the wheel of a Ferrari, Lamborghini or Aston Martin. And then, there is also a sense of sturdiness and weight for three separate components of the G25: steering, pedals, and gearshift-cum-joypad controller.
It is All opportunities and ground G25 connected to the base of the steering wheel, including the power package and USB cable. Connectors for all these cables are in the cavity at the core of the steering wheel. This design allows the G25 wheel unit to maintain a good and clean profile – an impromptu reviewer goes a step further by calling it “like a car” and “aerodynamic.” However, we imagine that most G25 settings will require the owner to package and unload the steering wheel between uses continually, and this is where tucking cables into their runners is quite annoying, especially on the first few occasions.
Both the steering wheel and gearbox have adjustable clamps so they can be securely mounted to the table. If you use the G25 with PS2 or PS3 in the living room, be prepared to do a bit of room rearrangement because, unlike the Logitech Driving Force Pro steering wheel, which bundled with PS2 and Gran Turismo 4, no attachment allows you to use the G25 between the two your feet. Even if you have an older wheel attachment, it works very well with the G25.
Combined with brushed metal bits and the use of liberal dead cows, the other main features of the G25 are the clutch and six-speed gearbox. Like the steering wheel, the knob wrapped in leather and, thus, feels excellent in hand. The gearbox operates in two modes, either as a sequential tap-up, tap-down shifter, or a gated six-speed box. In a six-speed option, the gate is minimal – imagine stirring a spoon through a cold barrel, old porridge – that choosing the wrong gear is too familiar.
Offering a 900-degree movement, or 2.5 button-to-key turns, the G25 makes a good start on its journey to realism. Although stepping from another wheel, it takes several races to familiarize yourself with the extra steering effort needed, especially at low-speed turns. After acclimatization, the G25 presents you with feedback that is close enough to the original – the ripple strip feels very, well, the ripple strip is not like an electro-mechanical hut that tries to pull your arm free from its socket.
When we married the G25 with the Gran Turismo HD Concept and Gran Turismo 5 Prolog on PS3, we almost fell out of our seats, so we were dizzy with delirium. Choose the Integra Type-R, and you can feel the steering tighter under acceleration, growing into a kind of torque-steer-wink-wud-nudge-nudge. But with Lotus Elise, the wheels are lighter and talkative so you can feel when the back of the car will come out.
The weight of the pedal combined with the carpet grabber (studded flick-down tab) ensures that the lever does not move even under the most challenging braking. However, one or two deficiencies are obtained by the whining sound made by the G25 motor. That is slightly annoying but only visible when the wheel is winding from lock to key during calibration or self-centering.
So how much is AU $ 500? Well, if you are a dedicated race fan and your backyard not located on a large number of thawed dead dinosaurs, yes and no. Yes, because for many of us, it will be the closest we will be fanging a Ferrari or GT-R around. And no, because it’s fast
The Bad > New York winters are less sloshy than the gearbox. Steering wheel motor more whiny than a day old puppy. Pricey for casual racers. Clutch and gearbox are gimmicks. PC and PlayStation only.
The Good > Leather and brushed metal feel (and smell) exquisite. Steering feedback bears striking resemblance to real life. Pedals don’t budge under hard braking. Did we mention that the steering is just awesome?.
Conclusion > Fancy yourself as a virtual racing driver? This leather-clad, brushed metal extravaganza will transform you from Mark Webber into Stirling Moss.
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