Logitech G29 Racing Wheel Review

Introduction and Technical Specifications

Logitech G29 Wheel Review

Introduction

If the Nintendo Wii showed us anything it is that people are more willing to play games when there is a peripheral that matches the action on the screen. However, it very much was something limited to that particular console, as in the hardcore gaming world there are only two controllers that make a genuine difference to your performance as well as enjoyment and they are the HOTAS for flight/space sims, and a wheel and pedals for racing sims.

Wheel and Pedals have been around for a long time and have come a long way from their early forays. There are dozens of options around but with the cheap end of the market being beset by plastic offerings which last about as long as the backseat driver things toddlers have, and the top end of the market way beyond the price range of almost everyone, that professional but affordable sector of the market is unquestionably where the majority of us will make a purchase.

As an avid racing sim person, once an Online Champion and World Record holder in Grand Prix Legends, I've been through a fair few in my time. From the Microsoft Precision in the early 2000s, through the famous Red Momo and Logitech Driving Force Pro, to the G25, my desk has seen thousands of laps. There are two models in the latest iteration of Logitechs successful G-Series, the G920 which supports PC and XBOX, and the G29 we have for review today which supports the Sony range of consoles and the PC.

As both options work perfectly on the PC it makes a lot of sense to go with the G29 rather than the G920. You get more buttons and rev lights for a start. Neither are supplied with an H-pattern shifter, a decision which has caused much consternation in the simulation community, particularly given how the G25 and G27 were supplied with both sequential and H options.

Technical Specifications

Logitech G29 Wheel Review  

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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
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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