Top critical review
Unreliable and disapointing, but a good starting point for your own sim racing project
23 January 2017
The downsides. Upshift paddle stopped working after about 2 hours of use and on investigation and much research it would appear that this is an incredibly widespread issue and the micro switches used throughout are known to be of an inferior type which are simply not fit for the purpose of absorbing the rigours of sim racing. The knobs around the center dial are nothing more than raised parts of the moulding and look completely unrealistic even from several feet away. The construction is just plastic and all the decals just scream cheap.
On the plus side, there is a huge modding community out there with a lot of information of this product with people that carry out bespoke modifications on this wheel in order to both improve it's performance and also it's aesthetics, but also plenty of information on how to fix and improve this thing yourself. I really should be returning this defective item but I've decided to cancel the return and instead work on it myself to improve it (which voids the warranty) as getting it replaced would be futile as I would expect the replacement to eventually fail too. The standard switches are only rated to 100K cycles, which just isn't enough on an item which you would expect to get some heavy and ham-fisted use. I've already ordered replacement Omron switches (cost, £3.50 each and rated to 20M cycles) and taking the wheel apart is actually very easy to do and so future maintenance is entirely feasible and not too fiddly. When it works, in use the wheel is actually pretty decent and feels very good and at a glance it looks the part, just don't look at it too closely or expect it to last for very long.
If you want an A1 quality product which will stand up to many hours of sim racing then look elsewhere, because this falls a long way short. If, however, you want a product which provides a starting point so you can either customise it yourself of get someone else to work on it for you then it's a not a bad piece of kit, but you WILL need to do some work on it. If you're competent with a soldering iron and you don't mind invalidating any warranty then go for it, otherwise I wouldn't go near it.