Logitech G29 Racing Wheel Review

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Logitech G29 Wheel Review

Project Cars

It would be ridiculous to test on anything other than Project Cars, particularly given that it was obviously developed in partnership with Logitech. Everything you can think of can be mapped, and the force feedback is tunable to incredible levels. If you want the wheel to fight you but don't like the judder over the kerbs, that can be done. If you're particularly demanding the 18 buttons (besides the paddles) should cover almost everything you'll ever need mid-race.

But, I hear you ask, is there really a benefit to using a wheel over a pad? And the answer to that is an unhesitating yes. Sure that might seem like a "well duh" answer, but it is worth pointing out why. Let's start with the sheer travel available. The G29 wheel has way more travel than the few mm available from the stick on a pad. Because you have larger travel you can use subtler movements. The amount of times that you'll spin with a pad and yet save it with a wheel are innumerable.

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There are similar benefits in the pedals. Sure in a low power car, or with so many assists that you might as well be watching a video, you can hustle a car around with a pad without too many dramas. But as soon as you play it properly - the only correct setting for assists is off - and in a car that requires constant gentle adjustments to balance the power and grip the game truly comes alive with the G29. Cars, and indeed championship series, which were previously beyond your reach are now not only in your grasp but vastly more fun to play. The ability to gently apply, or reduce, the throttle and braking in a manner way beyond that you can manage with the triggers on a pad helps keep the car under your control and the laptime tumbling.

I had used my Logitech Momo Racing for years, knew it like the back of my hand and had my muscle memory fully tuned to make the most of my setup and talent, or rather middling talent. With the G29 it might have taken me a few days to adapt to the vastly improved pedal setup, but even with such a brief time behind the wheel my PBs were tumbling. It's a testament to the quality and consistency of the components when allied to a force feedback engine that provides seriously realistic feedback. You get a much better feel for when the suspension is binding up, or you've been a little leaden-footed in your throttle application, or even just locking up a brake. This feedback works on an almost subconscious level letting you focus on the business of winning races in the shortest possible time.

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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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