Racing games let you careen and drift through turns with precision, all while traveling at breakneck speed. But just as an experienced driver would need the highest-quality car to race in, a skilled gamer needs the best equipment to have the best control and precision on the virtual road. We have found Logitech's G27 racing wheel to be the best gaming steering wheel and pedal sets on the market. The G27 receives the TopTenREVIEWS Gold Award because it is made from high-end materials and will give you the single best experience while racing.
This updated version of the G25 now includes added buttons on the wheel's face, noise reduction when turning the wheel and more compatibility with more recent racing games. The G27 racing wheel works on PC, PS3 and PS2.
This is the game steering wheel the rest of the competition tries to measure up to. It has the essential features and little extras to enhance the realism. The design is solid and attractive. The pedals and paddle shifters simulate a real car and offer enough customization to make each race a comfortable yet speedy one.
The G27 racing wheel boasts dual-motor force feedback with helical gearing. In short, your wheel will give realistic pressure according to your driving abilities. If you happen to throttle the gas too much you will feel, through the wheel, your tires start to lose grip on the road. It absolutely helps give a great simulated experience as you overcorrect your steering and lose control of the car's rear end as the wheel gives appropriate pressure to fight you.
Several competitors include a stick shift, but they become more of an afterthought because there is no actual clutch on the pedal platform. The G27 steps up with a six-speed shifter, a push-down reverse gear and, of course, a clutch pedal.. The shifter and clutch on Logitech's peripheral make racing games incredibly accurate.
It's the little things that also put the G27 over the top and make for the most enjoyment. Right above the horn button there are RPM/shift indicator LEDs. It enhances the entire experience as you not only hear and feel when the car should be put in the next gear, but you can see it right on your wheel. The wheel allows a 900-degree rotation, letting you steer hand-over-hand on the wide turns.
It may not sound like a big deal but the leather grip makes this wheel stand out. The comfort level and realistic feel are unmatched. Hardcore gaming drivers will be satisfied by the look and feel of the wheel. The G27 keeps the buttons on the wheel simple. There are three buttons on either side of the frame. Most of the device's 16 buttons are attached to the shifter device.
Mounting the peripheral is not difficult with G27's dual clamping. It easily latches to a table, computer desk or a TV tray. There is also the option to screw the device into a playseat or desk for a more permanent solution. There is a sturdy rubber floor grip beneath the pedals to keep it from actually sliding and it works. That is due to the weight of the device. We have found that when it comes to game steering wheels, the heavier, the better. No one can complain about how sturdy this wheel, shifter and pedal set are. The pedals themselves are constructed from steel and far enough apart that your feet won't be stepping on two pedals at once.
If there is a flaw, it's in the cable attachment. Each device needs to be connected and the appearance of the peripheral feels cluttered.
This gaming wheel has many buttons, which can be confusing. However, the G27 lets you customize each button. The Logitech Profiler shows you what each button does and allows you to change the function of any of the 16 buttons.
Each of the steel pedals can be easily adjusted to fit your comfort level. Also, if you don't like to use the six-speed shifter or are playing intense racers focused on Formula 1 or rally car driving, it's best to use the paddle shifters behind the wheel. Essentially, this entire device lets you change everything to match your preferences. It is a wheel and pedal set that requires an initial investment, but it is absolutely a device that will last.
Everything you see can be adjusted. While the force feedback is one of its stronger features, a few gamers may not want to feel it as strongly, so there is the option to adjust the feedback strength. Adjustable ABS vibration and steering sensitivity also give this device the edge on competing PC steering wheels.
Logitech provides a 12-month limited warranty for its game steering wheels. They provide quick responses by email support. Phone support is not a hassle and they are willing to answer any question that you may not have seen in the user manual or FAQs section of their site. They also provide you with an online community who have the same issues and questions you do.
The G27 racing wheel, shifter and pedal set is the best racing peripheral out there. If you are new to racing games and start out with this device, you will be spoiled and expect nothing less afterwards. If you are a hardcore driving gamer, you will be satisfied with the quality of features, design and customization the G27 has.
The G27's leather grip makes it the most comfortable wheel out there.
The cables for each device make the setup a bit messy.
The G27 racing wheel is the closest thing to driving a high-performance car, while doing it from your gaming room.