Logitech G29 Review By The Sim Racing Garage
Barry Rowland of the Sim Racing Garage has shifted his review channel in second gear. Barry used to focus on exclusive high-end sim racing gear, but lately also reviews sim hardware products aimed at the lower end of the market.
In his latest review, Barry takes a closer look at entree-level Logitech G29 which is suitable for use with the PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, and PC. While the G29 offers only minor improvements over the famous Logitech G27, this little set might be a sensible choice for the beginning sim racer.
The Logitech (Driving Force) G29 racing wheel is the successor of the popular now classic Logitech G27. The wheel features a dual-motor force feedback system and a stainless steel pedal set including throttle, brake, and clutch. As its predecessors, the G29 is fitted with a set of paddle gear shifters. Logitech decided not to include a sequential shifter as they did with the G25 and G27. However, Logitech is marketing an optional six-speed “Driving Force Shifter”. Owners of a Logitech G27 can use their current shifter but have to keep in mind that the shifter console buttons will not work in tandem with the G29.
As usual, Barry guides us around the product features and took the time to disassemble the wheel and pedals, so we can have a look at the inner workings. Finally, Barry performs a hands-on test session and shares his final thoughts.
While initially costing €399, these days, you should be able to pick up a Logitech G29 for as low as €200.
Logitech G29 Features:
FOR PLAYSTATION 3 AND PLAYSTATION 4
Enhance your console experience – You will never want to race with a regular controller again after you add Driving Force to your controller selection.
The G29 game steering wheel is designed for the latest racing games for your PlayStation®4 or PlayStation®3 console. G29 Driving Force also works on your PC using Logitech Gaming Software.
DUAL-MOTOR FORCE FEEDBACK
Feel every weight shift, and tire slip – Feel your tires on every turn and type of terrain, sense under- or over-steer drifting and more. Powerful dual-motor force feedback realistically simulates force effects so you can respond with precision.
Race-ready materials that can handle it all – Driving Force handles the stress of racing action and is built for long-lasting reliability. G29 has solid steel ball bearings in the wheel shaft and stainless steel paddle shifters and pedals. The racing wheel is covered in high-quality, hand-stitched leather, giving it the look and feel of a high-performance racecar wheel and giving you a more comfortable, durable experience.
HELICAL GEARING WITH ANTI-BACKLASH
Tight, smooth, precise control – You get an exceptionally smooth, quiet steering action. Helical gears are modeled after gears used in automotive transmissions to reduce unwanted noise and vibration. Anti-backlash keeps the wheel and pedals tight, maximizing your control. G29 Driving Force Racing Wheel features a long-lasting, reliable hall-effect steering sensor, using magnetic fields to sense the position of the wheel.
RESPONSIVE FLOOR PEDAL UNIT
Adjustable for maximum control – Maintain a more realistic driving body position with the separate floor pedal unit with the integrated throttle, brake, and clutch pedals. G29 Driving Force lets you comfortably accelerate, brake and change gears with the feel of an actual car.
The nonlinear brake pedal mimics the performance of a pressure-sensitive brake system for a more responsive, accurate braking feel. For even finer control, reposition the pedal faces to make heel-toe maneuvers easier to perform. Rubber feet for hard surfaces and a patented retractable carpet grip system help your pedals stay right where you put them.
Performance that stays where you want it – Drive fearlessly knowing the wheel won’t shift during aggressive maneuvers. The racing wheel mounts securely to your table or racing rig via built-in clamps or screw mounting points. Take your racing to the next level with a Playseat® racing simulation cockpit.
For realistic turns on the track – The 900-degree lock-to-lock rotation of the G29 Driving Force means you can turn the wheel two and a half times. It’s the same degree of motion as a steering wheel inside a car.
STEERING WHEEL STRIPE
Stay oriented in the right direction – Easily see if your steering is dialed in using a visual cue within your peripheral vision. The steering wheel stripe is a visual indicator of which direction the wheel is pointing.
WORKS WITH DRIVING FORCE SHIFTER ATTACHMENT
Pinpoint gear selection – Complete your racing rig for the most realistic experience. Add the 6-speed manual Driving Force shifter to your racing wheel setup.
Official Webpage – www.logitechg.com