Logitech WingMan Formula Force GP Wheel with Pedals
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- Rubber handgrips for comfort and precise control
- Gas and brake pedals for a realistic driving experience
- 4 programmable buttons for quick and easy control of horn, lights, view changes
- 2 wheel-mounted gear shifters
- USB port connection provides easy plug-and-play installation
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Now you can feel what really happens on the racetrack. This steering wheel by Logitech lets you feel all the bumps, collisions, and wipeouts?without wiping out your budget. And the space-saving console design takes up minimal room on your desktop while holding the wheel securely with a dual clamping system.
With Logitech's WingMan Formula Force GP Wheel with Pedals, you can experience what really happens on the racetrack. The force-feedback steering wheel lets you feel the road, bumps, walls, and crashes. The custom-designed wheel shape includes rubber handgrips for comfort and precise steering control. Two wheel-mounted gear shifters allow for quick gear changes while staying in control. Four programmable buttons provide easy control of car functions and view changes. The space-saving console design takes up minimal room on your desktop and holds the wheel tight and secure with a dual clamping. The WingMan Formula Force GP Wheel includes realistic gas and brake pedals mounted on a weighted base and a nonslip, textured floorboard to provide your feet with better traction and to prevent slippage. The WingMan Formula Force GP Wheel requires a USB connection and works on the PC platform.
Top customer reviews
I highly recommend this Logitech product through amazon. The 2nd set I ordered had faulty shift paddle contacts and amazon was quick to replace without extra charges or too long a wait even though it was out of stock 2nd time around. Yeah its a bummer when you cant play with a new toy, but this is the world we live in. Now I'm going to buy another one so three can play at once.
The new one works great and does exactly what it claims. Although the new one didn't come with the game anymore and the cord design is still the same mess as mentioned by other reviewers. The axis choices and calibration controls are excellent for both sportscargt and NFSPU as well as the older NFS games I picked up on ebay for real cheap. The reviewer who had problems with pedal controls either didn't calibrate the set or didn't calibrate the game to work with the set or both. The settings are specific to the game and some setup is required in the game as well. Even if only to select the wingman as the device default. Some times the settings get messed up for one reason or another and need to be re-calibrated in the game itself. A pain yes, but not that big a deal to fix.
As far as the realism critics, the rumble and the plastic may not be like a real car, but being a porsche owner, I can tell you from real world driving experience in both snow and rain that these cars respond just like the real ones. This set lets you practice techniques without damage to your own car. Also a Great way to see how different porsche models handle if your thinking about getting an older porsche, especially with older even more rear heavy 911's. You may decide that you don't like steering with your gas pedal.
The performance for the price from Amazon is a no-brainer. Buy it and have fun. For the most realistic driving experience, move up to GTR2!
Anyway, I was now addicted to this stupid game, so I searched Amazon.com for a "real" steering wheel. After checking the customer reviews I settled on this one. I don't plan on using it all the time, so I didn't want to spend a fortune, and for a few extra bucks the force-feedback feature seemed like it would be fun. It is.
The unit installed easily in Win 98, but I have to agree with another reviewer that the wiring on this thing is nuts. The pedals are already on the floor, so why not attach all the cables to that, then run one cable to the wheel? Also, the USB cable from the wheel to the computer isn't very long. I'll probably pick up an extension, and you may need one, too.
I had no problems with the pedals moving around, as some others said, but I have this really cheap carpeting in my office that I think helped. Also, the wheel clamps securely to just about any desk, but if you have a slide out keyboard drawer, like I do, you may have problems. Many games require use of the keyboard, and I can't pull mine out when the wheel is attached. I had to move the keyboard out of the drawer to get to it.
As for play: The wheel makes driving games a lot more fun. It has a good feel to it, the feedback isn't bad, but like another reviewer admitted I'm also spoiled. I have a Porsche 911, and this wheel and a game can't come close. I can tell when I'm off the road, and I can tell when I've hit something, and there's even some road feel (when I drive over cobblestones the whole desk shakes), but it's not even close to the real thing. Not that I would know what it feels like to hit a lot of trees, fences, and other cars. We're simply talking road feel here.
Still, it's a lot of bang for the buck, and they even give you a free game with it. You'd think they'd give you something that would really show off the wheel, but they don't. However, for [the price]the combination of the wheel and the game is a damn good deal. Even better when you discover that older versions of Need For Speed, and similar programs, are really cheap.
I should admit that I have not compared this wheel to any others. The four star rating is based on the four star grin on my face, and the fact that I felt it was a bargain. At least if it winds up on a shelf after awhile I won't glance over at it thinking about all the money I wasted.
Oh, yeah. I ordered this from Amazon with the free shipping option and it arrived in only two days! That kind of service is hard to beat.
The mounting brackets are a little slick and my desk is also, so it kept slipping out of place.
I also could not get the pedals to stay put, again on a slick floor, but I suppose one could rig up a system to keep it solidly planted.
The feedback is nice, but merely shaking the wheel isn't the same as real road feel. It's still impossible to feel when tires are about to let loose, so the feedback is mostly just a gimmick, not an aid to driving well in a sim.
All force feedback wheels and pedals are bulky and cumbersome to store when not playing. With the various cords running everywhere, it's just not pracical to set up to play on a whim.
This is the problem with any computer driving simulation, not the wheel, however. It's simply not possible to design a system that can realistically simulate driving a car. And when I stopped to think about it, I realized that I didn't really need to play at driving. I have a car, a BMW 540i! I guess I'm spoiled by that. It can be fun to drive at super fast speeds on a computer, but for me, the fun wore off fast. I prefer more reasonable speeds and reality. No force feedback wheel can recreate the emotional and physical rush of accelerating from 0-60mph in less than 6 seconds, or carving corners smoothly w/o the jerkiness of a computer sim.