Logitech G29 Racing Wheel Review

Software and Dirt Rally

Logitech G29 Wheel Review

Software

The Logitech software has come a long way since the early days with my Momo Racing. With thousands of pre-built profiles you'll be up and running in moments. Obviously the majority of customisation happens in game, but the ability to bind macros can be handy for the "thanks/sorry" chat necessary in online racing.

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Dirt Rally

Like Project Cars, Dirt Rally has a prebuilt profile for the G29. Considering Codemasters history with wheels this is something of a surprise. Dirt 3 and Grid Autosport certainly want no part of wheels, but then with their arcade physics there isn't really a need. Dirt Rally is no Richard Burns Rally, but it's at least a lot nearer the sim end of the spectrum than other Dirt titles.

Unlike the relatively serene world of Project Cars, which we'll get to on the next page, the control of your fire-spitting rally car is much more frenetic than a track based car. Rallying is fast paced, with corners coming at you at an incredible rate, and you might thing that the force feedback would be detrimental to your ability to quickly flick the car around because you're always fighting against the centring force. Such is the quality of the helical gears and dual motors in the G29 this is never an issue, and the trees fly past whilst you gobble up corners in a flurry of gear changes and delicate throttle balances.

Although my old PBs weren't particularly fast, mainly due to a lack of seat time, they were quickly annihilated by my efforts with the G29. You have to remember that there is always an adjustment period when you have a new controller, and muscle memory being what it is a wheel is one of the biggest adaptions to make - although anyone changing HOTAS or even mice will know how you go to click buttons that no longer are where you expect to find them - but the feedback, linearity and absolute control afforded to you by the G29 makes that adaption period very brief. Probably the brake pedal is the thing that it's taken me the longest to get my head around, but for entirely good reasons.

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If there is a slight issue that the freneticism of Dirt Rally brings up when compared to the earlier Logitech models it's the lack of an H-Pattern shifter and, when comparing it to my old Momo Racing, the lack of an obvious handbrake. I used to use the built-in sequential shifter to mimic the handbrake you find in pukka rally offerings, and you could do the same by sticking the G25 in sequential mode, but the G29 relies just upon the on-wheel buttons which are within easy-ish thumb reach but not as handy as something sticking up.

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Most Recent Comments

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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