It’s been several years since Logitech last introduced its widely popular steering wheel (before the arrival of the G29). During that period manufacturers took advantage of Logitech’s steering wheel absence by introducing models boasting newer technologies at a not-so-friendly price tag.
It would seem logical for a manufacturer like Logitech to answer right back. And they did. Logitech brought in the all-new G29 Driving Force— a worthy gaming steering wheel that can square up against some of today’s high end competitors.
Logitech G29 Driving Force Review – What’s in the Box?
Contents of the product include:
1x steering wheel
1x set of pedals (with corresponding cables)
1x power adapter
1x user guide
The Logitech G29 – Force Feedback Racing
The steering wheel is nicely covered with hand-stitched leather, which offers a look and feel similar to that of a NASCAR racing wheel. The wheel has dimensions of 260mm x 270mm. A running blue stripe can be found at the top front.
Its internal hardware consists of a dual-motor force feedback and a helical gear system.
Buttons on the wheel include a directional pad, stick buttons (left and right), view buttons, and a menu button. The A, B, X, and Y buttons are designed similar to on the latest PlayStation gaming console. A series of buttons can be seen running along the bottom part of the G920. These come buttons are labelled as “share,” “option,” and “PS.”
The Logitech G29 also has a front +/- buttons and a 24-point selection dial. Indicator lights are positioned right above the central portion of the wheel.
Weighing a little over 3kg, the pedal board is considered to be a bit heavier than the wheel. Faces of each pedal are made up of brushed stainless steel. Its arms and frames are constructed from rolled steel. The board has a 3-pedal setup consisting of a clutch, brake, and acceleration. The structure comes patented with a carpet grip system.
A cable management system running under the wheels can help store a large number of cables. It also offers convenient routes for the pedal cable, wheel cable, power cable, and the optical shifter cable.
Another critical functionality is its mounting system. It contains quick clamps and permanent bolt mountings for those utilizing M6X1 bolts. By pressing down and rotating clamp knobs at the same time, both can be configured to the required height. They’re also fitted with clamp extensions and can be easily be detached (in a case a thicker desk is used).
Aside from its strong pedals and buttons, the G29 has an LED display sitting right over the wheel center. It functions as a counter — informing the user as to when it’s time to properly switch gears. It’s useful if the user has lowered the sound.
Shifting gears is done via the racing-styled paddles situated behind each wheel side. They’re shown to be clicky and solid. This gives the user the right blend of gear switching movement.
The D-Pad has an LED indicator that informs when to begin shifting gears. This is particularly useful for those who prefer using manual shift controls. A 24-point selection dial aids in navigation. A +/- button switches from one camera view to the next.
If a user hasn’t utilized force feedback properly, then users will love what the G29 is offering. It gives a direct sensation of controlling a vehicle. Unlike in a gaming pad, the user is only dependent on visual and audio cues to determining when a car is about to steer too little or steer too much.
There’s nothing fancy to add to the pedal board. Even if the base is plastic-based, the board on its own is substantial and entails less time in getting it secured.
Pedals are arranged in a three-pedal system. These cover the clutch, brake, and accelerator. Each feature a different form of tension — mirroring that of a real-life vehicle.
The biggest improvement the G29 has over its competitors is its brake. The brake is progressive and has increased at its depression end to offer enhanced control over the brake force. It’s also a significant upgrade over older wheels.
Using the Product
The process of installing the G29 is as follows:
Connect the pedals to the steering wheel via an RS-232 connector.
After the pedals are securely connected, connect the steering wheel to the desktop PC via a USB 2.0 connector.
Connect the 5v DC plus to the steering wheel.
Once the steering wheel is fully connected to the desktop PC, the wheel is will purposely maneuver to the left (twice) and then to the right (once).
Setup the Logitech gaming software.
The Logitech G29 is capable is faring well against competitors that make use of rubber grips, which tend to get uncomfortable and hot after long gaming periods. The leather offered breathability while giving users that “real-life” grip.
Its paddle shifters provide a double-clutch shifting. They’re resolute and click sensitive thanks to their metallic build. Steering wheel rotation is surprisingly smooth and with an added “gritty” feel.
The wheel base appear to be strong enough to provide stability. It goes against the “wobble” typically experienced by users when force feedback is sent throughout the wheel.
No shifting was experienced when the wheel was mounted on a hard and sturdy surface. The wheel base is heavily pressed towards it bottom and pack portions. This ensures the central mass to be positioned against the user’s grip downforce.
When it comes to force feedback, the Logitech G29 executed perfectly. Cutting through each corner prompts the wheel to naturally fight back. This greatly contributes to the level of gaming immersion.
Gaming on Project Cars without any customizations made, the force feedback remained strong enough to cause slight soreness on each arm over half an hour of gameplay— a clear sign that the wheel is operating on powerful motors.
Its pedal actuation adds enhanced resistance when they’re pressed further. It gradually adds more breaking power with increased depth. The brake pedal is surprisingly quiet and gives off a great feel as resistance is increased.
Height: 270 mm (10.63 in)
Width: 260 mm (10.24 in)
Length: 278 mm (10.94 in)
Weight without cables: 2.25 kg (4.96 lb)
Height: 167 mm (6.57 in)
Width: 428.5 mm (16.87 in)
Depth: 311 mm (12.24 in)
Weight without cables: 3.1 kg (6.83 lb)
Software Support (at release): Logitech Gaming Software
As what many would expect, Logitech’s own software is very intuitive and has a great user interface. Its home menu displays images of a wheel and pedals. Parts that can be customized are highlighted in blue.
The wheel menu offers a number of adjustments. It lets a user create an endless number of profiles. A user can scan for any stored games in the computer and can choose which configuration to deploy for the Driving Force wheel.
Sensitivity of the steering wheel can be changed if such option isn’t available within the game. Pedals can be modified. But it’s a bit hard to imagine a user making a number of changes in this aspect.
The steering wheel is a powerful product that’s both robust and simple to utilize. Its dual force feedback motors allows for a life-like driving experience that won’t put down a user’s gaming experience. For a hardcore race gaming fan, it’s worth picking up Logitech’s latest steering wheel controller. It’s guaranteed that anyone using the Logitech G29 can play drive any driving title like they were meant to be played.
Where to Buy
If you are looking to take racing games to the next level you can pick up the Logitech G29 racing wheel for $499AUD from the official Logitech website.