Review (July 2007)
By Kevin Nakano
While gaming consoles and computers have made huge leaps in performance and realism, the human interface often gets left behind. Advanced game consoles such as the PS3 still make use of a standard controller. While they do offer motion sensing and are wireless, they do not give the user the real-world experience like the more expensive simulators. Gamers can now rejoice with the realism offered by Logitech's new G25 Racing Wheel. The G25 is a premium package that features a premium force-feedback steering wheel designed for simulated racing and includes the worlds first dual-configuration gaming shifter that changes with a flip of a knob. In one of the modes there is a six-speed gated shifter with a separate reverse gear and in the other mode a sequential up/down shifter. This enables the system to deliver a great experience on games that dont support a full six-speed shifter. Out of the box, the G25 is designed to deliver an experience to remember with impressive performance and a great feel.
The G25 package includes a high quality 11-inch steering wheel wrapped in leather for the best driving experience. Even the leather smell gives you that feeling of a real steering wheel. The spokes and two paddle shifters on the steering wheel are made of stainless steel. A full 900-degree wheel rotation (2-1/2 turns lock-to-lock) give the G25 the feel of a real car. While the look and feel of the G25 is superb, the real advantage is the Two-Motor Force Feedback system, which features the industrys first two-motor force-feedback mechanism. This design provides a stronger and more precise feedback to the user. Logitech claims that with the second motor, the directional forces are more realistic and evenly distributed throughout the wheel. Now the driver can feel everything from the bumps in the road to impacts with walls, structures and other cars. Much like a real driving experience, the G25 always tries to center the steering wheel position. While it wasn't perfect on the PS3, it did give us some nice feedback while driving the Formula-1 racing game.
The Logitech G25 shifter offers a sporty short-throw design that includes six forward gears and a reverse gear. Once mounted to a solid surface, the shifter provides a stable and high-quality feel thanks to the steel latch pins and shifter shaft. The shifter snaps into each gear and stays in place with the steel ball and spring-loaded detent design. If sequential shifting is preferred over the six-speed shifting, the user can place the shifter in neutral and rotate the mode selector knob located just above the shifter. This mode moves a set of latch arms into place that restrict the shifter movement allowing only forward and backward motions. Switching back to the six-speed mode is as simple as pressing down on the shifter knob and rotating the dial 180 degrees back into the original position. The narrow design of the shifter allows it to be optimally placed on a variety of surfaces. Since the steering wheel, shifter and pedals are completely separate, racers can customize their racing environment to fit their personal preferences. Ideally users may want to mount the shifter at a lower position than the steering wheel.
- Kevin Nakano
Mitsubishi HC5000 Full-HD 1080p LCD Projector
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