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Logitech G27 Racing Wheel Review
The most advanced video game racing wheel ever?
The Logitech G27 is the latest top-of-the-line racing wheel from Logitech. It follows up on the G25, which was a revolutionary wheel put still had some tacky plastic parts that reminded you it was a toy. The G27 is a higher quality product and seems more like something they would use to train real racecar drivers.
No other video game racing wheel can come close to the feedback offered on the G27. It has dual motor force feedback that can accurately simulate what it's like to lose traction. It does this so smoothly that you can hardly even hear the wheel moving, which is something that can't be said of most video game racing wheels, where you can hear the noise of plastic hitting plastic or metal as you steer. The G27 has mostly metal internal parts and feels just like something that would be in a racecar with no corners cut.
In addition to having LED lights to indicate the RPMs and a shift indicator, this wheel is actually wrapped in leather, so it will actually feel like the steering wheel in your high-end sports car. Unlike most other wheels, the G27 includes a clutch pedal to go along with its six speed shifter. The clutch pedal is not compatible with all games, and unfortunately Gran Turismo 5 is one of them. The Gran Turismo 5 developers blame Logitech for this, but since the G27 was out first I think it's probably the video game developer's fault. Whatever the reason it's a disappointment, but at the same time I don't know any competitive video game racers who would use the clutch and shifter, especially when the paddle shifters are so much quicker to use.
The G27 is compatible with the Playstation 3 and Playstation 2, but even more importantly it can be used with a PC running Windows XP or Vista.
The G27 is very expensive, running anywhere from $300 to $400 depending on where you buy it. If you're going to splurge for the whole realistic driving experience, you might as well put down some money for a Playseat Evolution Gaming Seat while you're at it, and don't forget to get the gearshift mount. It might seem expensive, but for under $1,000 you could have a really incredible racing cockpit.
I can't recommend the G27 to everyone, because it's just so darn expensive. For those of you who are really serious about racing games, and especially those of you who are into racing simulations on the PC, this G27 is worth it and really impressive. If you want a less impressive but much cheaper alternative, go for the Logitech Driving Force GT racing wheel.