Logitech G29 Racing Wheel Review

Steering Wheel

Logitech G29 Wheel Review

The Wheel

As you can see there are plenty of buttons on the front of the G29. The G25 had two, the G27 had six, the G29 has a D-Pad, 14 buttons and a dial as well as the shifter paddles. You could happily run a car with DRS, KERS, brake balance adjustment, pit in, wipers, headlights and still have plenty of buttons left over.

The bottom of the wheel is slightly flattened, useful if you've got a low desk or large thighs, whilst the subtle blue ring at the top helps your peripheral vision keep the car pointing straight if you're in the middle of an arm-twirling spin.

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Although the front of the wheel is the least important part, the front of the G29 is designed like a muscle car. Perhaps a Camaro or a Mustang.

You might not be able to adjust the angle of the wheel, it's placed in a nice way that suits everything from single seaters to tin tops. You can also see the top of the bolt which clamps the wheel to the desk.

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Speaking of which, the G29 has enough room to be mounted to all but the thickest oak table. Just over an inch of space should enable you to fit it anywhere you wish. If your table is particularly shiny, or if you are one of those people who needlessly bullies your hardware, then it's just about possible to move the G29 even when the clamps are as tight as humanely possible. This can quickly be solved by attaching a tiny pad to the "feet" so that it grips the table properly, but in 99% of cases this wont be an issue.

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On the underside we have the power and pedal inputs, as well as a spare input for the optional shifter. The cables need to be routed through a small gap at the front to enable the wheel to be flush to the surface. There are also threads for mounting to a dedicated racing setup should you have one.

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Lastly above the paddles is the switch to move between PS3 mode and PS4/PC mode.

Hidden above the wheel boss is a shift light system which, as you can see here, works excellently. When you're hitting the redline, in Project Cars at least, it flashes red at you. We think this is enough of a reason to stick with the G29 over the G920. It also shows the accuracy of the throttle pedal, that we can hold it long enough to take a photograph without it bouncing up and down.

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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
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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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