Gaming Steering Wheel Review

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Why Use a Gaming Wheel?

Imagine driving the sports car of your dreams. The soft leather of the steering wheel and the power under your feet as you rev up the engine are essential to that experience. Racing games and gaming technology can give you that powerful feeling in the comfort of your own home. Granted, you may not receive any jealous looks, and the only wind in your hair will be from a fan, but you can simulate the experience of driving the car you have always wanted.

The driving game market has dozens of games trying to get your attention and none of them need an actual wheel. Though if you are a hardcore racer or a casual novice looking for some more interactivity, there are plenty of devices that give you the complete racing game experience with accurate steering and acceleration. The best game steering wheels give you the most realistic simulation possible and will make you feel like you're actually experiencing the different road conditions.

A great racing wheel benefits the gaming experience in several ways. First, your reflexes are front and center as you realistically control the wheel and pedals. The second benefit is the force feedback. The peripheral lets you feel over-correction through vibration and wheel resistance, whether it's from a bumpy off-road course or the feel of your car sliding in the rain. To check out the best gaming steering wheels look at the G27 Racing Wheel, RGT Force Feedback Pro Clutch Edition and Driving Force GT. Also, for information on gaming accessories, check out our articles on Gaming Steering Wheels.

Gaming Steering Wheels: What to Look For

While comparing gaming steering wheels, we looked for attributes that put you behind the wheel and provide the best experience. It is most important to look for features that improve the racing simulation. The more impressive features a wheel has, the closer it will seem to actually being behind the wheel. Design is also crucial. The wheel and pedals need to look and feel right. Customization is also key on an accessory where settings can be changed at a click of a button. Lastly, a good manufacturer should have a system of help and support.

Features
It's very important that the wheel be easy to set up, use and store. The quality of the product will be determined by how accurate the control is and how much wheel rotation is allowed. The top wheels range anywhere from 270 to 900 degrees of rotation. One necessity is a pedal attachment, and higher quality products come with a clutch and stick shift. Not all wheels are compatible with all gaming systems, but they all work on PC.

Design
Putting your hands on a leather or high quality, rubber-cased wheel changes your outlook and makes you expect high standards. We evaluated the comfort level of each wheel and checked whether it is mountable and has a floor grip for the pedals. Most of the products have a cable attachment, but for those that are wireless it's important to test the life of its batteries.

Customization
This category covers everything that can be adjusted to your preference. We evaluate whether each button on the device can reprogrammed. The best devices allow the user to adjust the steering sensitivity, ABS and the feedback strength the virtual raceway provides.

Help & Support
As a failsafe, it's important to have a decent warranty. You'll want to be aware of how each developer responds to consumers if there is a defect. The best manufacturers also offer user guides and FAQs online to answer quick product questions. It's also important that manufacturers respond quickly to phone or email requests for help.

These are the main points to look at before purchasing your own Gaming Racing Wheels. These devices may be similar in appearance, but there are significant differences. Our reviews break down the differences to help you find the most realistic racing experience. And we won't even ask to see your driver's license.

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Features
Buttons (#) 16 10 16 11 11 8 15 11 12 14
Wheel Rotation (Degrees) 900 270 900 900 180 270 720 610 900 900
Accurate Control (%) 95 90 90 80 70 70 80 60 65 60
Force Feedback
  
Pedals
 
D-pad
 
Clutch
 
      
Stick Shift
 
   
Indicator LEDs
     
   
Shifting Paddles
      
  
Analog Joysticks    
      
Design
Comfort (%) 100 80 95 75 60 80 75 60 65 60
Weight (Pounds) 18.3 13.4 12.3 30 10.4 8.4 1.9 4 7.3 7.3
Wheel Diameter (Inches) 11 10 10.75 13 9.75 11 10 8 10 10
Floor Grip
 
Cable Attachment
 
 
USB Connection
 
  
Durability
 
   
Leather
         
Wireless    
     
Customization
Programmable Buttons
 
Rumble Support
   
Mountable Clamp
 
Pressure Sensitivity
  
Adjustable Steering Sensitivity
 
Adjustable Feedback Strength
 
 
   
Adjustable ABS Vibration
 
 
   
Adjustable Pedals
 
   
Headset Support
 
 
  
Adjustment Dials   
  
   
Help & Support
Warranty (Months) 12 24 12 .5 24 24 12 24 3 3
Online Community
 
   
   
Email Support
Phone Support
 
FAQs
User Guide
Supported Configurations
PC
Xbox 360    
 
    
PS3
  
PS2