Ratings: Ease of Use, Performance: 23/25, Look & Feel: 24/25, Features & Software 21/25, How much I enjoy 23/25
Logitech is the computer and console gaming peripheral giant manufacturing a wide variety of computer and console peripherals including joysticks, racing wheels and controllers. The Logitech G25 Racing Wheel is the shining example of the lavish style that can be achieved in a simple computer peripheral such as a racing wheel.
The Logitech G25 Racing Wheel is a USB racing wheel not only for the PC but can also be used on the Playstation 2. The G25 is a precision racing wheel with plenty of features including a 900 degree turning radius and force feedback. The wheel also has automatic centering using the two motors that also allow for better and more realistic force feedback.
The G25 Racing Wheel is crafted with metal, plastic and a real leather steering wheel covering. The wheel itself is a very sturdy and solid metal wheel with a plastic base. The floor pedals are made of stainless steel with a plastic base and a convenient retractable spiked bar to keep it from sliding around on carpet. The shifting console is also metal and plastic with a real leather boot. All three components connect at the racing wheel base with one cord leading to a USB connector for your computer or console connection.
The racing wheel comes with the wheel, the pedals, the gear shift console and a power cord. The drivers are on a CD with some other software such as a Gamespy setup and several other programs that are not necessary for your wheel but handy to include.
Here are the G25 Racing Wheel features straight from Logitech:
Choose exactly the right gear for the turn, or select Reverse with a realistic ‘push-down’ action.
Leather-wrapped shift knob
Drive in style!
Sequential shift mode
Switch between 6-speed and sequential shifting modes.
Logitech’s exclusive carpet grip system
Holds fast to the carpet, to provide a secure driving experience when you’re driving fast!
Stainless steel gas, brake, and clutch pedals
Eliminates flex so you can brake and accelerate with more precision. The clutch pedal is positioned for heel-and-toe downshifting, keeping your gear changes quick and your RPMs high.
11″ leather-wrapped steering wheel rim
With the 900-degree wheel rotation and hand-stitched leather, the wheel provides a realistic driving experience. The dual-motor force feedback mechanism is smooth, quiet and powerful.
Setting up the G25 takes a few minutes for the driver installation and in game setup will take a bit to set all your variables and preferences. When you install the drivers for the G25 Racing Wheel you will see the controller in Windows Game Controllers. You can check out the various buttons and make sure everything works here after installation.
Each game will have some tweaking that you will have to set for maximum efficiency of your racing wheel. I set the wheel up and tried it out on Test Drive Unlimited, a very good racing game. The wheel has a 900 degree turning radius so that was one of the first changes I made.
Test Drive Unlimited uses a variety of town and city driving and having that much of a turning radius is not really necessary. I turned mine down to about 700 and found this to be pretty good. I continued to tweak things like the force feedback to not push so hard against me but to let me know when I was hitting something or off the road.
For those who do not know what force feedback is there are two motors inside the steering wheel that push against the wheel turning it to simulate forces exerted on your vehicles body and wheels. This is exactly like a car rubbing against a curb and you feeling the push against the steering wheel while driving. This same effect is brought to the sim games and is a very nice effect that adds to your driving experience and the enjoyment of the game.
The G25 wheel has a very smooth turning as well as good control of your vehicle. The wheel also has two buttons on the bar in the middle of the steering wheel as well as two pull levers that act as two other buttons. All the buttons and controls can be assigned in any game or you can setup profiles with game specific presets using the included Logitech software.
The software to install your racing wheel will uninstall any previous Logitech race wheel programs and install the new ones so you need to write down your old settings so you don’t lose them. You can set the separate game profiles up and use different settings for each game before going into a game.
The game profile program has three different main functions that is very handy for your gaming. The first chooses the gaming controller you want to setup while the second selects the game you want to use with that controller. The third of the main menu items starts the game that you have loaded into the program as a quick start, this way you can go straight from setting up your controller assignments and into the game without leaving the setup program.
The wheel, gear shift and pedals are all programmable from the software included as well as the calibrations for them. The gear shift has the most buttons for viewing and other assignments. The gear shift console has four buttons in a diamond pattern on top of the hat button and four in a line below it. The gear shifting is either a six speed shifting or a two position sequential shifter. The six speed shifting works just like a regular standard transmission shifter. The two position shifting is for the games that you cannot use the six speed shifter or as an automatic shifter.
The gears worked well and even the automatic settings of using only a forward and reverse worked just fine when in an automatic transmission vehicle. I really enjoyed reviewing the Logitech G25 Racing Wheel and also tried it out in the demo for Rfactor. The brakes, throttle and clutch also worked very well and were fully configurable for many different gamers, even PlayStation 2 games.
The Logitech G25 Racing Wheel is truly an enthusiasts racing wheel and not for the faint of heart, currently it is priced at $299.99 on the Logitech website. This may seem like an expensive toy and it is but it is definitely worth the cost for enthusiast sim fans. The G25 Racing Wheel is the premiere racing wheel and Logitech can be proud of this stylish driving peripheral.
I highly recommend the G25 Racing Wheel from Logitech for racing sim fans and would be happy to include it in my computer peripherals. Now if I could only talk my wife into the cost.