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The Best Racing Wheel

Racing Wheel Roundup
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Which racing wheel takes our top prize? Which one has proven itself to be the best there is? Our scores are based on strength, speed, force feedback, feel, and control.

For performance and design alone, picking today’s best racing wheel is a challenge. They each have likeable and regrettable qualities. The G27 has a mediocre mounting clamp and has a light pedal board. The S Wheel and GT3 RS both have poor accommodations for their shifters, while the Fanatec's shifter feels like a toy compared to Logitech’s. Finally, the GT3 RS is shaky and has poor paddleshifters.

The perks are also rare. The S Wheel plays on all consoles, so if you enjoy racing games like Dirt 2 or Forza Motorsport 3, you won’t be left out. It also connects wirelessly to your PC or PS3, so having cables spread across the floor won’t be a problem. The G27 is a complete package with everything, and because of Logitech’s support infrastructure, most racing games natively support it.

But let’s not forget about the pink elephant in the room: price. Once price is introduced, it becomes very clear who should buy which wheel. At $170, the GT3 RS is just as powerful as Logitech’s older Driving Force GT, which now retails for $110. Or for the Clubsport Edition, the retail price is $300, like the Logitech’s G27. Fanatec’s S Wheel retails for $350, or $250 for the Xbox 360-only model (which doesn’t include the shifters, pedals, or RF dongle for PS3 and PC gaming). The Clubsport Edition of the S Wheel retails for a whopping $500.

If the question were price, we’d easily say Logitech’s G27 is our clear winner. It offers the most bang-for-your-buck, even with its few faults. But we set out to find the best commercial racing wheel, and thus our problem. The Porsche 911 Turbo S Wheel Clubsport Edition is simply marvelous, with excellent steering, speed, strength, control, and the best pedals you’ll find anywhere, and it works on all consoles. But the shifters feel very cheap, especially compared to those that Logitech offers, which are excellent.

So while we are extremely impressed with the S Wheel and Clubsport pedal board, at $500, it’s a serious investment. With a questionable gearbox and the high price, and such a close comparison to the much less expensive G27, we have to award Logitech’s racing wheel with our top prize.

Logitech’s G27 racing offers users the most realistic driving experience. It has an excellent steering wheel and gearbox, is compatible with most PC and PlayStation 3 racing games, and is a well-built device all around. For those with unlimited budgets, the Clubsport pedal board can be plugged into your PC with a USB cable in the place of the G27’s wheel, or an additional cable can be purchased from Fanatec to plug it directly into the wheel. While we wish the G27 worked on all consoles, racing games have until recently appeared on all consoles or the PS3/PC, while the only recent exception is Forza Motorsport 3.  

Were it not for the price difference between the G27 and Porsche 911 Turbo S Wheel Clubsport Edition, we would crown Fanatec’s bundle as king. We can’t recommend both enough, as Logitech’s G27 and Fanatec’s Porsche 911 Turbo S Wheel Clubsport Edition are both excellent, top-notch racing wheels and we can’t get enough of either.

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