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Thrustmaster T150 Steering Wheel : Test & Review

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Thrustmaster T150

Benefits

  • Very good force feedback, powerful and precise
  • Good value for money for an entry-level model
  • Easy to mount and install, configurable on Playstation and PC
  • Rechargeable batteries to play without being connected to an outlet

Disadvantages

  • Pedalboard supplied with the steering wheel rather bad and fragile
  • Plastic design that lacks realism
  • Connection cables (USB and power) too short
  • No gearbox included
  • Not fully compatible with Playstation 5

The racing games have always been popular among different types of video games. Over the years, the technology has evolved a lot, making them more and more impressive of realism and developing more and more elaborate game accessories.

Playing with a joystick or a mouse and keyboard has finally become almost obsolete. Especially since today you can find high performance wheels at very affordable prices. And once you have tasted the sensations they provoke during the game, it will be very difficult to return to your good old controller.

But how do you choose a steering wheel, and more importantly, which one to choose? We decided to focus on a model that caught our attention and that we tested for you: the Thrustmaster T150 steering wheel.

In this article, we will tell you everything there is to know about this model. You will discover all its characteristicsits advantages and disadvantages, where to get it and at what priceor even for which type of player it is best suited.

The characteristics of the Thrustmaster T150

The T150 steering wheel is one of Thrustmaster’s great references in the world of racing simulation games.
We have compiled a list of its main features features :

  • Release date: 2015
  • The Thrustmaster T150 is officially licensed by PlayStation 4 and PlayStation. It has been designed with the official logo and buttons for PlayStation4.
  • The diameter of the steering wheel is 28 centimeters and the handles are covered with rubberwhich offers a great great versatility and allows to adapt to all kinds of games (F1, Rally, GT, etc.).
  • The Thrustmaster T150 has a 1080° dynamic force feedback base base and is equipped with TouchSense Immersion. The force feedback and the rotation angle are adjustableThe optical reading is of high precision (12 bits of resolution, 4096 values on the direction axis). The mixed mechanism works with a belt and gears with a shaft on metal ball bearings.
  • This steering wheel has 2 large fixed sequential gear paddles on the 13 cm high wheel which are entirely made of metal.
  • It has 13 action buttons and a multidirectional cross.
  • The Thrustmaster T150 is compatible with PC, PS3, PS4 and works with PS5 games.
  • It is also compatible with T3PA and T3PA-PRO and the Thrustmaster TH8A gearboxgearbox, which are sold separately.
  • The Thrustmaster T150 steering wheel is black and blue with a Playstation logo in the middle.
  • This model has, in terms of connectivity, an incoming power supply, a connection from the pedal board to the base, an outgoing USB to the console and a connection for gearbox.
  • Dimensions 33.5 x 33 x 30.5 cm
  • Weight of the flywheel2.2 kg – Pedal weight: 1.5 kg

For what type of person?

Whether you are a beginner or a more regular player the Thrustmaster T150 steering wheel is very simple and quick to use. With its affordable priceIt allows people who equip themselves for the first time to do so at a lower cost.

Even though this model is licensed for Playstation, it works very well and is very easy to configure for those who want to to use their wheel on PC.

The steering wheel’s different technologies and ergonomics allow all players to take advantage of it and adapt it to all styles of play (GT, F1, Rally, etc.).

Whatever your size, the Thrustmaster T150 offers you the comfort you need comfort for long hours of play.. This model is suitable for all types of players, male or female, and can even be used by children.

Its advantages

One of the biggest strengths of the Thrustmaster T150 in our opinion is its very good force feedback. Indeed, the Thrustmaster T150 is one of the most affordable force feedback racing wheels for the PS4. It is particularly powerful and precise, it imitates perfectly the force feedback felt in reality. As it is very pleasant to use, it gives you incredible sensations during the game, whether on F1 or on GT.

This steering wheel also has the advantage of offering a very good value for money. For an entry-level model, its build quality is very good, although the steering wheel is mostly plastic. It is of good quality and resists well over time. The rubber grip adds to the quality as it allows you to have a very good grip in Mayn.

For a budget of less than 200 €, all players, even beginners, can afford quality equipment with this model. Knowing that for this price, you have also included adjustable pedals and a large footrest.

The Thrustmaster T150 is very easy to assemble and install, connecting the cables is easy, following the instructions in the manual should only take a few minutes, even if you are a beginner. It is also easily configurable, on Playstation of course, but also on PC.

An interesting point with this wheel is thatit works with rechargeable batteries. Unlike other models that require you to be plugged in all the time, with the Thrustmaster T150, you can recharge the batteries to play without being connected to an outlet.

Its disadvantages

Having tested it, we can’t help but admit that the Thrustmaster T150 does have a few drawbacks.

First of all, the pedalboard that comes with the steering wheel is unfortunately quite bad and fragile. There is no no progressive braking or clutching and the pedal feedback is not really good. All the protections are made of plastic and the spring of the pedals is not really solid. In the long run, if you use them intensively, the pedals may get damaged and not last you very long. We advise you to take a look at our article on the best simracing pedals if you choose this wheel.

In addition to the lack of solidity of the pedalboard, the Thrustmaster T150 steering wheel is clearly not not the most beautiful on the market. It has a rather “cheap” plastic design that makes it look like a children’s toy rather than a high-tech hardware. In terms of realism, we are not there at all.

It is important to note that the connection cables (USB and power) of the Thrustmaster T150 are, in our opinion, far too short. To charge it, you have to place it really close to the socket, because the length of the cable does not allow you to do otherwise. If you thought you could play while recharging it, unfortunately this will make it very difficult for you.

This model does not include a gearbox. This is not very surprising considering its price, but it is a parameter to take into account if you want to have one, you will have to buy it separately. ( Our gearbox ranking is available here )

Finally, it should be taken into account that this model is not officially recognized by the interface of the Playstation 5. Indeed, since the Thrustmaster T150 was released in 2014, it is not not fully compatible with this console. You will be able to use it in game, but not for the console menus. This means that you always have a controller at hand to play. If you are on PS5, we advise you to opt for a 100% Playstation 5 compatible steering wheel model.

Where to get it and for how much?

The Thrustmaster T150 steering wheel is sold new for an average price ranging from 160 € to 230 €.

You can get it on the official Thrustmaster website for €229.99, but it is also available for sale from retailers at prices that are often more attractive.

For example, it is currently on sale on the site of Amazon.fr .

Even if it is not necessarily something we recommend, it is also possible to buy this steering wheel second hand, on buy-resell websites for example. If you decide not to buy your equipment new, be vigilant about the actual condition of the product to avoid scams.

Conclusion

For a steering wheel that was released 7 years ago, the Thrustmaster T150 still keeps its promises and remains a solid competitor in the current steering wheel market.. Our test revealed that this entry-level model at less than 200 € is, against all expectations, of good quality.

You have to ignore its plastic design and its pedalboard that clearly does not work miracles to focus on its positive points. Without having to break the bank, you can afford this powerful and precise model, which is equipped withone of the best force returns in its class.

Our advice Combine the Thrustmaster T150 steering wheel with another pedalboard like the T-LCM for optimal results without necessarily having to break the bank.

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Thrustmaster T150

A steering wheel with an excellent price/performance ratio

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