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Logitech Steering Wheels: Focus on the cheapest Sim-racing brand

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Of all the accessories needed to get started in SimRacing, steering wheels are the cornerstone of a professional experience. As with any car, this is one of the most important pieces of equipment for a true driving simulation experience.

Logitech, which was not initially predicted to have a future in the sim-racing market, has become one of the most successful brands, thanks in part to its product line that is priced for all audiences.

In this article, we will analyze the Logitech brand steering wheels to help you determine which one is right for you. You’ll learn about the history of the brand, what makes Logitech such a great brand, and we’ll tell you everything you need to know about how to choose your Sim-racing wheel.

Logitech Brand History

The seed of Logitech was forged in 1976, at Stanford University, where Swiss student Daniel Borel and Italian Pierluigi Zappacosta were studying for their Master’s degrees in software and computer engineering.

On October 2, 1981, Borel and Zappacosta joined forces with Giacomo Marini to found Logitech S.A., which opened its first office in the Swiss town of Apples, just outside Lausanne.

From then until the 2000s, after initially focusing on software, the Logitech brand revolutionized the world of hardware with its many models of mice, keyboards, cameras and webcams.

In the early 2000s, Logitech made a strong commitment to gaming devices with the launch of the Logitech GT Force steering wheels for PlayStation 2, marking the development of a full line of joysticks and accessories for gaming consoles and PCs.

This product line was so successful that it created its own identity within the company known as Logitech G, placing itself at the forefront of keyboards, mice and accessories for gaming and esports.

Even today, Logitech G series steering wheels are among the most popular in the sim-racing market.

Why buy a Logitech steering wheel?

You may be wondering why reviewers and gamers recommend Logitech over a competing brand. That’s simply because Logitech wasone of the first manufacturers to distribute affordable steering wheels with features that allow for elite driving pleasure.

Indeed, the Logitech brand has built a reputation in the Sim-racing world for being the manufacturer offering the cheapest products on the market for several years now. And despite its prices that defy all competition, the brand does not skimp on the quality of its steering wheel models, since you can for example find some equipped with very powerful force feedback.

This company offers gaming products under the Logitech G series, which distributes everything from mice to headphones. Buying a Logitech G steering wheel offers a guarantee of quality in terms of performance and durability of materials.

How to choose your Logitech steering wheel?

When you’re looking for a sim-racing wheel, no matter which brand you turn to, there are a few things to keep in mind when making your decision.

First of all, it is important to define your budget. Depending on the price you want to invest in your steering wheel, you can target models from one range or another. Logitech steering wheels are very affordable compared to other brands, even at the top of the range, so their prices shouldn’t break the bank.

Next, you need to know more or less how long you plan to play with your wheel. There’s no point in investing a lot of money in a steering wheel if you’re only going to use it once in a while. In fact, if you think you’re only going to use it so little, you might even want to consider buying an entry-level steering wheel or no steering wheel at all.

To determine which type of steering wheel is right for you, you need to consider the style of racing you like to play the most. Indeed, if you are a big GT fan, it is better to have a wheel model adapted. Same thing if you prefer Formula 1 or rally racing. Some models of steering wheels are more adaptable to certain styles of racing, so consider that before you buy anything.

Finally, it’s very important to make sure that the wheel you choose is compatible with the platform you use to play. Not all steering wheel models work on all platforms, some are exclusively compatible with PlayStation consoles, while others are compatible with Xbox consoles or PC. Make sure your steering wheel is compatible with your console or PC to avoid unpleasant surprises when you arrive.

Logitech steering wheels for less than €250

Here we present the most affordable Logitech steering wheels since they are in the entry-level category and you can get them for less than 250 €.

Logitech G29

The Logitech G29 steering wheel is ideal for beginners to intermediate Sim-racing due to its good value, which for a reasonable price offers some basic features of a Sim-racing wheel.

Indeed, it is equipped with force feedback and it is made of quality materials to be able to play both in arcade and simulator.

It is compatible with the main platforms, except for the Xbox and some PC games, for which you will have to go for the Logitech G290.

Here are the main features of the G29 steering wheel:

It is made with quality materials that guarantee a good durability. The bearings of the steering wheel and pedal shaft are made of stainless steel, as are the gear paddles, which, in addition to being more durable and reliable, offer a more realistic experience than those made of plastic. The G29 steering wheel is covered with hand-stitched leather, giving it a more realistic and luxurious feel.

The Logitech G29 steering wheel has good reviews and ratings from its buyers. While this is not a very high quality wheel model dedicated to advanced simracers, it is a wheel with very good reviews considering its range and price point.

It offers a rotation of up to 900°, that is up to two and a half turns, for a better accuracy of your trajectory. The steering wheel was designed with anti-rollback hardware, including ball bearings in the steering wheel column, as well asa Hall effect steering sensor to track the movement of the steering wheel.

This model featuresrealistic force feedback from two motors and a helical gear system for smooth, quiet steering and realistic driving, allowing you to simulate the car’s steering and wheel movements.

It is a small and ergonomic steering wheel with easily accessible buttons. You have all the buttons and controls within reach of your hand and fingers, with a small size but quite ergonomic and offering a very realistic feel.

The Logitech G29 steering wheel includes a semi-automatic gearbox via the paddles on the wheel. These are made of steel with a really realistic touch. This allows us to make a sporting change.

If we are looking for a sequential or H-shift, for example, we will have to resort to compatible accessories, which we can use because this model includes a clutch lever.

The Logitech G29 steering wheel is sold with one of the independent pedals. It includes an independent pedal board with 3 pedals: the accelerator, clutch and brake pedal with steel bearings and automatic calibration. The brake pedal is non-linear, ensuring greater realism during the game. The pedal board is also equipped with a non-slip mat.

This model is compatible with PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4 and PC, as well as with all the new generation games of these platforms.

The Logitech G29 steering wheel is the best value for money steering wheel on the market in our opinion.

Its Advantages

  • Made from quality materials.
  • Equipped with a force feedback.
  • Equipped with a stable 3-pedal pedal board with anti-skid.

Its Disadvantages

  • The return of force is a bit unbalanced
  • A dead zone in the center is present

Logitech G920

The Logitech G920 steering wheel is the Xbox version of the G29 we just told you about. The technical and manufacturing specifications are therefore virtually the same.

The G920 steering wheel differs from the G29 only in the aesthetic section with color variations and in the buttons that are specific to the Xbox.

Indeed, the Logitech G920 has 13 customizable buttons, including LB and RB, “View”, “Options” and “Xbox” buttons or LSB and RSB buttons.

Like the G29, this model offers up to 900° of rotation and has been designed with anti-rollback hardware, including ball bearings in the steering column, as well asa Hall-effect steering sensor. It is also equipped witha dual-motor force feedback and helical gear system.

So you can enjoy all the features of the G29 that we have seen before but on your Xbox since it is compatible with the Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, but also PC and Mac, as well as with all the new generation games of these platforms.

This is an ideal wheel for intermediate simracers or for beginners who would like to get started in the world of sim-racing.

Its Advantages

  • Very good ergonomics.
  • Made from quality materials.
  • Equipped with force feedback and a 3-pedal pedal board.

Its Disadvantages

  • The return of force is a bit unbalanced.
  • Presence of a dead zone in the center.

Logitech steering wheels between 250 and 500 €.

In fact, this is a single steering wheel, since the Logitech brand has not developed more models in this price range. We present you the Logitech G923, the only Logitech steering wheel sold for more than 250 € at the moment.

Logitech G923 Trueforce

The Logitech G923 Trueforce is Logitech’s new steering wheel for the next generation of steering wheels, with greater compatibility than previous models and a new feedback system that provides greater fidelity and realism in simulation.

The Logitech G923 steering wheel has a diameter of 28 cm and is made of polished metal covered with leather. It has two rotating steel paddles at the rear of the wheel for shifting gears.

The Logitech G923 wheel can be rotated up to 900°, the equivalent of two and a half revolutions, which allows for better control of the vehicle.

This steering wheel is equipped with Trueforce, the next generation force feedback system. This new forced feedback system improves the feedback rate and connects directly to the game’s physics and simulation engines to improve fidelity and increase the level of realism of the simulation over previous generations.

It has a closed-loop motor control that, thanks to a new firmware, makes the motor torque more accurate. In this way, the engine more precisely adjusts the voltage to match the physics emitted by the video game, ensuring millimeter precision.

The Logitech G923 includes a 3-pedal pedal system, which includes a throttle, clutch, and brake with a progressive spring system for a more realistic racing feel. The height and spacing of the metal plates can be adjusted.

This model also offers a dual clutch programmed directly from the steering wheel with the Launch Control feature, available with compatible games.

This steering wheel model also has a built-in LED indicator. It is accessible directly from our point of view so that we can quickly see when we are reaching the right rpm point and use the gear shift more efficiently.

The Logitech G923 steering wheel has an ergonomic design with accessible controls. No matter what gaming platform you use it on, you have all the controls you need, easily accessible on a small steering wheel like its predecessors but with a very good feel. It includes a rotary selector with which to fine-tune all settings and adjustments.

The Logitech G923 steering wheel is compatible with PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox, as well as PC and Mac.

This model is highly customizable on a PC with the G Hub simulation software. In fact, Logitech has developed PC software that allows you to fully customize the steering wheel settings, sensitivity and the new Trueforce system.

Its Advantages

  • Equipped with advanced technologies.
  • Made from high quality materials.
  • Equipped with a 3-pedal crankset with improved braking system.

Its Disadvantages

  • Feedback force motorization a bit jerky.

Which Logitech steering wheel should I buy?

Now that we’ve introduced you to the different Logitech steering wheel models and determined together which parameters to consider when deciding which model is right for you, you’ve got the important part to do: choose your steering wheel.

As mentioned earlier, this will mainly depend on your personal taste and budget .

To get started in the world of Sim-racing, the G29 and G920 wheels are perfect, suitable for more or less all styles of racing and are sold at a very affordable price.

The Logitech Ecosystem

The Logitech brand does not offer many sim-racing accessories, unlike brands like Thrustmaster or Fanatec.

It is also important to know that the wheels of Logitech steering wheels are not interchangeable. You can still tinker with something but it will be at your own risk and you will lose the manufacturer’s warranty.

To complete your Logitech sim-racing set, you can add to your steering wheel and pedalboard, the only gearshift offered by the brand: the Logitech Driving Force gearshift.

Logitech Driving Force Gear Shift

This is the shifter that Logitech has unveiled with the G29 and G920 wheels. It is also compatible with the Logitech G923 steering wheel, both the PlayStation and Xbox versions.

This is one of the cheapest shifters on the market and we found it to work very well. Moreover, you can modify and customize it with Mods to improve it.

Logitech PS2 & PS3 steering wheels

Finally, we present the best Logitech steering wheels compatible with old consoles, for the nostalgic.

Logitech G25 Racing Wheel

The Logitech G25 was one of the first Logitech steering wheels to get serious about simulation racing. In fact, many virtual pilots have started with it.

This wheel weighs 3 kilos and has a diameter of 28 cm. Moreover, the rotation angle can go from 200° to 900° like in a real car. The hand-stitched metal and leather covering is much more realistic and pleasant than the classic combination of plastic and rubber. The paddle shifters are well spaced and do not interfere with the hands. They are very sensitive, light and easy to use.

This model is equipped witha dual-motor force feedback system that is powerful, quiet and smooth.

The Logitech G25 includes a 3-pedal aluminum pedalboard, weighing 3.250 kg, which is of very good quality and also very stable. The heavier weight is due to the larger and longer dimensions, better suited to large feet, and the greater number of metal parts.

The big advantage of the Logitech G25 is that it includes a gearbox. It is a remote control, with the option of sequential or manual speed in H, with six speeds and a reverse gear.

As far as the mounting system is concerned, the Logitech G25 steering wheel is equipped with screw hooks that ensure an excellent grip of the elements on the table.

Distributed in mid-2006 for the PlayStation 2 and PlayStation 3, it is also compatible with Windows 7.

Its Advantages

  • Powerful and fluid return of force.
  • Equipped with a pedal and a gearshift.
  • Made from quality materials.

Its Disadvantages

  • Limited compatibility with current platforms.

Logitech G27 Racing Wheel

The Logitech G27 Racing Wheel is the next best thing to the G25 and, of course, surpasses it in quality and functionality. Its success is such that it has become the reference in the world of small Sim-racing wheels since its release.

Weighing in at 3kg and measuring 28cm in diameter, the Logitech G27 steering wheel is a serious business. If we add to that a leather case for more comfort, it gives us an idea of the grip that this Logitech model offers.

The Logitech G27 Racing Wheel is equipped with a powerful dual-motor force feedback mechanism which simulates, with smoothness and precision, the losses of traction, the weight of the car and the roughness of the road, as well as a exceptional helical gearing system which virtually eliminates all noise.

This model also has shift/tachometer indicators so you know when to change gears for optimum torque effect (for games that support it only).

The Logitech G27 steering wheel is equipped witha 3-pedal pedal board that weighs 3 Kg and offers a “throttle-brake-pallet” trifecta. These pedals are all metal for maximum realism and strength. If there was a flaw in this pedalboard, it would be the proximity between the clutch and the brake. The line is thin on the big feet and this can prevent us from being more precise when pressing the gas pedal or the brake. However, the whole thing grips well, is stable and there is no risk of slipping during the races.

This model also has the advantage of being sold with a gearshift, which allows you to have a really complete equipment. The gearbox is H-shaped and offers 6 speeds with reverse gear engagement by simply pressing.

To mount the G27 wheel on a desk, Logitech offers a classic mounting system similar to other Logitech wheels. It consists of two plastic supports that are placed under the desk. But in addition, there are two anchor points under the steering wheel. To use them, you will have to make a hole in the table or have an adapted cockpit.

This model is compatible with PlayStation 2 and PlayStation 3, as well as PC.

Even though the G27 steering wheel is no longer very relevant due to its limited compatibility with the latest gaming platforms, it is a model that can delight retrogamers who want to enjoy the thrill of older games.

Its Advantages

  • Powerful and fluid return of force.
  • Equipped with a pedal and a gearshift.
  • Equipped with gear shift/tachometer indicators

Its Disadvantages

  • Limited compatibility due to its age

In brief – Conclusion

As we have seen together in this article, the Logitech brand offers Sim-racing wheels that have become a must-have due to their price, especially for less experienced players.

Despite its low price, Logitech’s steering wheels offer many advantages and do not skimp on the quality of materials used in its products.

Logitech’s ecosystem is not as extensive as that of its competitors, but this does not prevent the brand from maintaining its excellent reputation in the sim-racing market.
We hope this guide has helped to clear up any questions you may have about Logitech and its steering wheels. If you are in the market for a new model, this article provides you with all the information you need to make the right decision.

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