Logitech G29 Racing Wheel Review

Packaging and Pedals

Logitech G29 Wheel Review

Packaging and Pedals

Considering how much is contained within the box it's surprisingly compact. The Logitech blue is in full force though, with all sides in the same searing brightness that backs the specifications on the previous page.

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Not including a shifter in the package is made even more galling when it comes to removing the G29 from the box. The wheel fits beautifully in the top right, the pedals beneath, and the power supply on a compartment which is empty, but perfectly sized for a H shifter. It's almost like the hardware version of Bethesda's Horse Armour, with the box being designed to include the shifter which was then removed and sold separately in a last minute decision.

If you have a standard sized office desk, the ones with the hole in the corner for the cables, then the power cable is perhaps two inches too short for comfort unless you mount the power brick part of it on the top of the desk. It's by no means short, and because it takes a standard figure of eight input you can buy longer cables for pennies if it's genuinely an issue.

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The pedals themselves are a massive step up from the offerings of old. If you're only used to non-Logitech pedals then the all metal construction will really bring a smile to your face and a new level of immersion to your racing exploits. The clutch has a slightly firmer feel at the very end of its travel, the throttle has a lighter spring than the clutch and is wholly linear and the brake, well the brake pedal is described below.

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Brake pedal feel has been one of the biggest issues to solve in any serious racing setup. Bigger springs, heck even squash balls have all been utilised to provide realistic levels of feedback. The G29 brake pedal is extremely firm with a very realistic feel to it. The addition of sleeving to the pedal tubes has made them much quieter than earlier generations too. The days when you might as well throw the pedals away and buy a better set are long behind us.

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If you're fortunate enough to have a proper racing setup then the bolt holes on the base of the pedals will enable quick and sturdy attachment. Six M1 sized mounts are more than enough to ensure the pedals remain firmly attached. 

If, as is more likely, you're just attaching the G29 to your regular desk and putting the pedals on the floor then there are plenty of rubber feet to keep them in place or, if you have carpet, a retractable spike mount to help them grip into your tufted wilton.

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24-08-2016, 21:04:22

jimma47
Nice review Bryan.

I've had a G29 for a few months now and agree with most of your thoughts. Unless you're going to spend crazy money on a fanatic set up; and at only slightly more than half the cost of the Thrustmaster T500RS it's a solid mid range offering.

My negative thoughts are limited to the software and the USB - it was a nightmare setting it up and detecting anything as I only have USB3 on the front and back panels. Luckily the motherboard had a USB2 internal and once I switched out my xbox wireless controller dongle to the G29 the steering wheel has worked really well.
The internal header poking out through a rear w/c grommet is a bit ugly but it's functional. and saves me having to take the side of the case off every time I want to connect or disconnect the wheel.

Occasionally (well more accurately - rarely) it will turn hard left/right mid race and throw me into a wall. I think it has still to do with the usb detection and the software as the resistance to turn the wheel changes as well. Like losing your power steering or driving a car from the 80s.

I have a G502 Mouse and a G110 keyboard all running off LGS and the keyboard lighting and macros like to glitch out now and then since installing the G29 whereas they'd been bullet proof before so I'd be tempted to blame the software.

Hopefully they come up with a fix for the USB3 detection issues.

This being said it's a quality offering. The wheel feels awesome, response is great and the enjoyment levels in racing have improved immeasurably. I drive in socks as the pedals are a little too close for clunky feet but I can see this being part of my setup for a long time yet.Quote

25-08-2016, 08:21:17

SeekaX
I only skimmed through the review, so i might have missed the price, but the MSRP on these is 399 euros, just 30 euros less than a t500rs which is in a completely different league. To be fair, i can find the g29 for 275 euros on Amazon now, but on launch it really was that expensive. Considering that the g27 came with a shifter (a pretty flimsy one, but hey, it's cheap) i still think the g29 was a step back. It doesn't really offer any improvements over the g27 but it's more expensive, even with the discounts. They slapped a bunch of fairly useless buttons on it, dropped the shifter and called it a day. The g27 went for ~230 euros at the end of its lifespan.
Also regarding racesims, i disagree that there isn't much to choose from. There's Assetto Corsa, PCARS, Dirt Rally, Raceroom, Automobilista/Stock Car Extreme, Formula Truck, rFactor 2, iRacing, BeamNG, etc..Quote

25-08-2016, 09:07:27

jimma47
Yeah on launch it was way overpriced. I got mine for $350 AUD. The T500 is around $800 here. I wouldn't upgrade from a 25 or 27 but as I had no wheel it was a great choice.Quote

25-08-2016, 09:48:42

SuB
Quote:
Originally Posted by SeekaX View Post
I only skimmed through the review, so i might have missed the price, but the MSRP on these is 399 euros, just 30 euros less than a t500rs which is in a completely different league. To be fair, i can find the g29 for 275 euros on Amazon now, but on launch it really was that expensive. Considering that the g27 came with a shifter (a pretty flimsy one, but hey, it's cheap) i still think the g29 was a step back. It doesn't really offer any improvements over the g27 but it's more expensive, even with the discounts. They slapped a bunch of fairly useless buttons on it, dropped the shifter and called it a day. The g27 went for ~230 euros at the end of its lifespan.
Also regarding racesims, i disagree that there isn't much to choose from. There's Assetto Corsa, PCARS, Dirt Rally, Raceroom, Automobilista/Stock Car Extreme, Formula Truck, rFactor 2, iRacing, BeamNG, etc..
Gotta say I agree here there are LOADS of sims out right now, and the T500RS is in a completely different league. It's a shame they decided to separate the shifter, typical logitech really.

G25 had a H shifter that could change to sequential,
G27 changed that to h-shifter only,
and the G29 removed it entirely. lolQuote

25-08-2016, 10:15:33

Wraith
Have not owned a wheel since 1998 which was the Microsoft Sidewinder force feed back pro, it broke my desk! Only game to support it properly back then was world Rally Championship, my oh my how things have changed.. always wanted the Act Labs pro racer but damn even back then it was sub £1k.Quote
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