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Microsoft SideWinder Precision Racing Wheel (USB)

3.3 out of 5 stars 18 customer reviews
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  • Realistic, rugged, and durable styling
  • Customizable with profiling software
  • 8 programmable buttons
  • Easy-to-release wheel clamp
  • Sturdy antislip pedals
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  • Minimum RAM: 16 MB

Product Description

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The SideWinder Precision Racing Wheel is a complete driving system including a compact yet rugged state-of-the-art PC steering wheel. The wheel includes an easy-to-release clamp for quick attaching and removing, sturdy nonslip pedals, and 8 buttons, including 2 shifters-triggers that you can program and customize with SideWinder Game Controller software.

Product Information

Product Dimensions 14.2 x 16.6 x 11.9 inches
Item Weight 9.4 pounds
Shipping Weight 10.2 pounds
ASIN B00002JXBC
Item model number C22-00003
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3.3 out of 5 stars 18 customer reviews

3.3 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #2,295 in Electronics > Accessories & Supplies > Computer Accessories > Game Hardware > PC Game Hardware
#16,204 in Video Games > Accessories
Discontinued by manufacturer Yes
Date first available at Amazon.com October 29, 1999

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By A Customer on March 28, 2000
I have had problems from the start with this steering wheel. Sometimes Windows (98) recognizes this device and when it does, it works fine; however more times then not I have to spend hours re-loading drivers, re-booting, etc.. to get this to work (if win98 recognizes this device it will be listed by clicking the game controller icon from the control panel window). Problem is its a USB device which means its plug and play. Once I intially install the device it should work 100% of the time. I have a gravis USB game pad as well as a USB scanner both work great so I know the problem is not with the computer (which is a month old) nor the USB port(s) but with the steering wheel. When I attempted to contact Microsoft to troubleshoot the only way they would talk to me was if I paid $35. I could not even contact them via email! Needless to say I am returning this product. I have no intention of ever owning another microsoft product other then want comes pre-loaded on my current and future PC's. If they cannot offer free online support for their customer's I cannot recommend any of their products escpecially for products less then 30 days old!
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Bought one of these a couple months ago, works great everytime. Just plug it into the usb and away I go playing the game, no rebooting no hassle unlike with some. the software it comes with is really cool too cause it has preset settings for a lot of games that you would use it with to control the sensity in the game... however if money is no object get the force feedback one which is the same just better, and double the $, I figured I wouldnt use it like everyday so the extra 60$ wasnt worth it to me, but if your a hardcore gamer go for it.
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The sidewinder precision racing wheel is by far a very good deal for the price. I originally bought one for my brother, and after testing it i ended up buying two more. I have read some complaints about the functionality of the wheel, but I have not experienced ANY problems with it at all! Considering the fact that i have installed it on 3 different machines without a problem, i feel that some of the complaints may be due to improper installation and/or configuration of a user's pc. The pedal unit is very solidly built, and does not slide when pressing on the brake or accelerator. The wheel itself is highly configurable with the software to accomodate the user's preferences. Overall, an excellent piece of hardware!
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By A Customer on June 19, 2001
I don't know why so many people have written about problems with this wheel. It works great for me on my 500Mhz Micron. I have used it with NASCAR 4, Midtown Madness 2 and NHRA Drag Racing 2with no problems at all. You just have to make sure it is first on the controller list with some games that default to ID#1. That means I usually unplug my sidewinder joystick when I use it, no big deal...
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I called around and I never got a definite answer. I just wanted to know if the wheel would work with Windows 2000 Pro. It's fantastic. I have recommended it to all my racing friends.
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I've gotten two of these, the first one as a gift for my stepfather (who is a huge NASCAR fan) and one for myself courtesy of my wife for Christmas (I'm becoming a NASCAR fan). I couldn't get the software to install on my stepfather's Dell Dimension tower system (Windows Millenium Edition), nor to get the OS to manually recognize the wheel through the Control Panel, but when I loaded "NASCAR Racing 4" by Sierra Sports, the game recognized and calibrated the wheel without any fuss and it worked just fine.
Two days later when I set up my own wheel on my Dell Dimension tower system with Windows ME, the software installed just fine and the wheel was recognized by the OS. I was happily surprised. Then when I installed "NASCAR Racing 4", the game wouldn't recognize the wheel and wanted to keep using the CH Combatstick that was plugged into the gameport on the soundcard. I found that the only way to get the wheel to work was to have the OS not recognize the Combatstick, so that the game would see only the wheel (there were no other controllers attached to my stepfather's PC). Once that was done, the game and wheel worked fine. When I get ready to fly a flight sim, I'll have to reinstall the Combatstick again, which isn't too difficult but is annoying as its just one more step to perform before playing Combat Flight Sim 2, my favorite flight sim.
My Sidewinder wheel came with a free game (Midtown Madness 2), but my stepfather's came with a rebate, so I suspect that I have newer software than he does. Next time I'm at his house I'll bring my disk and reload his wheel to see if that resolves what is now a moot problem.
The Sidewinder wheel's software includes a schematics feature for games that allows you to map functions to certain buttons.
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By A Customer on December 5, 2002
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WE bought this for our son for Christmas last year and we haven't been disappointed. It's not difficult to program to any game you want to play and it clamps on the desk in such a way that it doesn't move at all. Though a little pricey, it is definitely worth the money if you're looking for a good racing wheel. We had bought another racing wheel before this one and it was junk. We couldn't get the pedals to work and compared to this one, it was [poorly built]. Microsoft makes a great product. We also own the Microsoft Sidewinder Force Feedback Pro joystick and that has held up wonderfully for 4 years now. We've gotten a lot of use out of both of them and I recommend them if you're looking for a wheel or a joystick.
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