When playing Driving Games on your Pc, the main thing you're after is realism, and this steering wheel and pedal set give you that! The main feature of this steering wheel is the force-feedback which lets you feel every bump in the road and every car that you crash into. If while driving you hit the side curb, then you immediately know about it, with a sudden shock of vibration through the wheel.
The two red sections on the wheel are rubber handgrips, which prevent your hands sliding around on the plastic while driving. In from these comfortable handgrips are 4 small red buttons (2 on each side). These buttons can, on most games, be assigned to different controls e.g change view, horn, lights etc. and are positioned perfectly so that when you wrap your hands around the wheel, the buttons are at easy access by your thumb.
When you do wrap your hands around the wheel for the first time, you will realise that your fingers will sit naturally and comfortably on the other two buttons around the back of the wheel. These two buttons are bigger than the front 4 and are most commonly used for gear shiffting up/down, although they can be alterred on some games to other functions, such as left/right indicators.
The steering wheel unit can be attached to a desk or table, using the 2 clamp screws found at the back of the wheel. Just slot the clamps, over a flat solid surface (like the edge of a table) and tighten the screws up. Although this seems like a great feature, the screws do need to be very tightly screwed or the steering wheel will start to wobble around and eventually fall off.
The pedals are very simple to use. One pedal is accelarate and the other one is brake. The whole pedal unit is alot less solid than the steering unit and seems quite plasticey. You will also need to place the pedals with something solid behind them e.g wall or the pedals will just slide away from you, when you push them.
The steering unit is plugged into a spare USB, then the pedals and power supply get plugged into the steering wheel. You will notice that when you plug the power supply in, the wheel will centre and become more stiffer. When playing games the wheel will always center after turning a corner. This just makes the wheel more realistic.
For all the real car game enthusiasts a steer wheel is a must, for this price and performance its a must for anyone! If you can't guess i own one this wheels and i'm very happy with it. Got it as i had a bit of spare cash and and had just got a few car racing games as i was in that mood . . .
I was expecting a fair bit as even tho' its cheap it wasn't free but my expectations were more than met. When this is paired up with any good modern racing game (such as Need For Speed PC) it just amazing, not only does it make it feel more like your actually driving a car rather than pressing a few buttons it also has force feedback so when your going round corners the wheel stiffens the harder you turn and when you go over cobles it shacks its just amazing :) one of my best purchases in a long time . . .
OK lets try to make this post slightly non one sided, there are a few things which aren't the best. The wheel and peddles are plastic and feel quite plasticy but i would be impressed if you ever managed to brake them. There is also no gear knob but then again its got gear buttons on the back of the wheel it a similar idea as the flippers you get on top range sports cars. Also other slight minor thing with the wheel is that it does shake slightly when you use it, this is due to the wheel not being completely stiff to allow the feedbacks to work correct - this is barely noticeable once you start playing a game tho'. One major plus is that this item works with PS2 :) its just another very sound product by Logitech.