Top positive review
30 January 2018
I've held off on reviewing this because I wanted to give it a proper testing, and I've now been using this pretty heavily for a year (largely drifting on Assetto Corsa with some racing here and there, so it's gone through some pretty strenuous testing), and it's so far held up almost perfectly (more on that later). I upgraded from a DFGT, and the FFB is a huge improvement from that, and having a clutch is a huge advantage. I would have liked a few more buttons though, the G29 is much more similar to the DFGT in terms of buttons but I chose this one because it looks less like a toy. Also, I really miss the stick shifter from the DFGT, it sucked as a shifter but it made a great hand brake so it would have been nice to see it return on this.
The first problem I encountered is one I've seen a lot in the reviews, so it appears to be a fairly common fault, and that's that after a while the wheel started to develop a squeak when turning left. It was beyond the return period for Amazon however so I decided to just stick with it, it was irritating but the wheel still worked. HOWEVER, after a little while the squeak disappeared again, and it's now working perfectly, so my guess is it's just brand new bearings that needed to be broken in a little. If the problem comes back then I'll edit this, but so far so good.
Another problem was the brake pedal. Some people despise the brake on this, saying it's impossible to use, and I'll admit that when I first got it I was basically unable to use the brakes because they were so stiff, I would press on it and my chair would just roll backwards. However, after some use (and jamming something behind the wheels of my chair, lol) the rubber bumper has softened up and I now don't have any real problems with it, I actually like the feel of it, because the amount of pressure required increases through the travel range you quickly learn to gauge how hard you need to press the pedal, rather than just how far, so it's a little more intuitive if you're used to real brakes (though it's important to note that it still doesn't feel like a real hydraulic brake pedal, it just behaves a little more like one than a simple sprung pedal). And if you don't like it, you can simply remove the rubber bumper and the pedals will be basically identical to the G27
Another thing I noticed is that it does get a little hot when being used heavily. As I said earlier the main use it has seen has been drifting, which puts the motors under a lot more stress than usual, and I have noticed that the casing can start to become a little warm, though so far it hasn't caused any problems, I just let it cool down for a minute or so every now and then if it's being used heavily.
Using it on Win 10 as well, I saw a few 1 star reviews saying it doesn't work on Win 10 but I assure you that it does, and has done flawlessly for the past year.
All in all, while this wheel did have a few problems, I would probably still recommend it, you could buy a cheaper wheel but they're generally not worth it. Another decent alternative in the same price bracket is the Thrustmaster TMX Pro. Both are good choices (Edit - the TMX Pro is now pretty expensive compared to this)