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Saitek R220 Digital Wheel

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      22.09.2009 10:17
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      Easy to recommend this wheel to anybody,If I eventually manage to break it I will buy another!!!

      I have owned several gaming racing wheel and this has to be the best! The build quality seems good, as it has stood up well to even my gaming (which finished off the last wheel when still under warranty), with just the accelerator pedal feeling a little soft. The desk clamp is remarkable; it's fast to fix/ remove (only on purpose!), but still keeps the steering wheel in a rock solid position. Small disadvantage is needs room underneath fastening surface for the mount, so you can't mount it on the top table of a computer desk with a pull out keyboard section. (And I tend to catch the mount with my knees as it sticks down)
      The steering seems precise and accurate, although it doesn't feel too realistic, it still allows you to fully enjoy any driving game. The gear shift levers are a bit hard to grasp (and pull) while racing, but with practice you can get used to using them for slick gear changes.
      There are only 4 buttons on the steering wheel, which can be a bit limiting, as most games have more functions you might want to access while concentrating on driving.
      The pedals are easy to use. You may wonder how pedals could be difficult to use; but the last steering wheel I had didn't have a proper base for the pedals, so they 'ran away' from you when you tried to push them down. The Saitek's pedals have no such problems, and are a excellent to use in comparison.
      The steering wheel (and pedals) are recognised automatically in windows XP, with no driver downloads/ cd installations required. The problems come when you try and run a game which doesn't understand the 3 axis nature of the r220. In NFS prostreet I have to half hold down the brake pedal to stop continuous strolling of the menus (as if pressing down arrow on keyboard). I've tried downloading the Saitek drivers, which allow the r220 to be configured as standard 2 axis controller, but the problem still occurred. I'm sure the problem could be fixed by adjusting the settings with the Saitek drivers installed, so haven't rated the product down for this issue, as it is my fault.


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