You have got your gaming computer, and you’ve got snacks and your energy drink. But there really is no other way to experience a high-end full-HD racing game than with a racing wheel sim screwed firmly onto your desk or game room floor.
The visceral satisfaction you’ll glean as you lean into the VR G-force is magnified as you find yourself in the cockpit of a Chevy SS or a souped-up Dodge Charger. Sure, it's hard switching from the old keyboard and mouse or joystick routine, but you know what they say: once you’ve experienced racing wheel sim, you’ll never go back (or something like that).
How Much is it Worth to Drive the Logitech G27?
- The powerful, dual-motor force feedback mechanism with helical gearing smoothly and accurately simulates traction loss
- Six-speed shifter with push-down reverse gear allows you to quickly choose exactly the right gear.
- RPM/shift indicator LEDs integrate with racing game software to indicate when the user should shift gears.
Well, if you go by Amazon standards, that’s about $985.87 clams. But, we doubt that will even be a speck in your rearview as you expertly drift around the next corner with a look that says, “yeah, I got this.”
DiRT 2 is a great example of how good force feedback can rock your world in the context of the driver sim universe, and you can actually feel your perform - the acceleration, the breaking, the tires, the handling - enabling you to increase your reaction time and responding to visual cues with actions, not simply relying on the dexterity of your thumbs.
A proper six-speed gear-shifter is recommended for any driving sim, and the Logitech G27 includes this along with your wheel and steel gas, brake, and clutch pedals. If you want the best driving experience, though, you’ll also need a cockpit-style driving seat, and that will cost you around $380 bucks.
- CONTROLLERS SOLD SEPARATELY. DESIGNED, ASSEMBLED AND PACKAGED WITH ATTENTION TO DETAIL IN USA.
- COMPATIBLE WITH ALL RACING WHEELS: THRUSTMASTER, LOGITECH, FANATEC
- ALL MOUNTING HARDWARE AND TOOLS INCLUDED. READY TO USE RIGHT OUT THE BOX
But don’t worry, the seat comes with all of arms and mounts you’ll need to hook up your Logitech G27 or G29 gear. You’ll really feel like you are in the game then, and it will bring you back to a time when sim racing arcade games were all the rage. Plus the seat, from OpenWheeler, comes in colors like blue, green, orange, red, and classic black, so you can easily show off your team colors.
The Logitech G27 is Very Close to the G25
- Exclusive carpet grip system provides a realistic experience when the G25 is placed on the floor
- Sequential shift mode provides backward compatibility
- Dual-motor force feedback transmission delivers powerful, high-fidelity force effects
One review actually claims that the Logitech G27 “is definitely a wheel for the enthusiast,” adding further that the casual gamer is likely not going to appreciate the marvelous amalgamation of plastic, leather for what it is. But we wonder it is a $600-dollar distinction.
Make no mistake the Logitech G27 is a slick performer, to be sure. However, comparing apples to apples, the GG25, is just as slick and well-performing, and it is available on Amazon for about $400 – half the price of this latest wheel. The only differences, according to the same review, are the six programmable wheel buttons not available on the G25.
Interestingly, the G25 came with a gear that changed the gated gear shifter to a basic sequential shifter, and that feature, oddly, cannot be found on the new G27. There are also some issues with stability in the new model, and the clamping system can let go if not mounted to an optional seat.
This becomes an issue as you are feeling the G-force around a corner and have a tendency to jerk the wheel. Plus the gear shift, too, is perhaps lighter than it should be when not mounted to a gaming chair. Nevertheless, the leather-bound wheel is a nice touch, and the shifter is really impressive.
A Closer Look at the Logitech G27
The leather covered wheel gives it just the touch of realism you would want from a racing sim and its diameter measures about 28-cm in total. Small puncture holes in the leather provide extra grip for white-knuckle driving.
However, the metal used in much of this simulator is not rust-proof (as no metal truly is), and, unless you are religious about keeping moisture away from it (e.g. moldy game rooms, a friend who refuse to take off their shoes), then you will inevitably find small spots of rust. Most of it, though, is little more than surface rust which should be cleaned immediately.
About the wheel, there are six programmable buttons and two paddles, and the unit ships with a six-speed shifter (with 8 buttons and a D-Pad) and shifter paddles (brake, throttle, and clutch). According to one review, the shifter paddle is quite nice, and neatly fit into an average-sized hand.
Also, you will find that the paddles turn with the wheel as they are attached to it. The Thrustmaster T500RS Racing Wheel, by contrast, offers paddles that are affixed to the wheelbase. The result is a Formula 1 / IndyCar feel, and a wheel that many believe holds up better over time.
In terms of force feedback, it is kind of what Logitech is known for, and as you drift and skid your way around the racetrack you could very well vibrate items off of your desktop, as the wheel is that interactive. The dynamic relationship between you and the wheel will lead you to begin to feel the road, the hand-eye coordination relationship takes on a whole new dimension. You can adjust levels of force feedback but, for beginners, you should start with it on.
Logitech G27 Pedals and Shifter
The pedal top is pretty nice and is comprised of high-grade stainless steel. The housing and spring cylinders, however, are made of ABS plastic. All in all, though, the pedals are quite stable, and, by many accounts, hold up for a long time.
Now, you can probably image setting this unit up at a computer desk or unused table in your man cave, the race sim enthusiasts agree that gaming race seats are the way to go. And, luckily, many fit perfectly with the Logitech G27 pedals and wheel, including the Playseat Evolution M or the iconic Playseat F1 Red Bull.
Believe it or not, sitting back in a cockpit-style racing chair can actually make all the difference when it comes to getting you racing grove on, as the clutch and brake pedals are raised slightly to support toe and heel shifting.
All three pedals use linear-style springs instead of the hydraulic ones in your own auto, so it may take some getting used to, as, at first you will assume driving to two are the same. The 6-way shifter may, as well, take some getting used to, especially with the added
The lack of resistance and stick travel feels really foreign at first, especially to someone who has never experienced a wheel sim. But, overall, it is a pretty realistic experience, and you will be surprised at how fast you get used to it. And while reviewers tend to love both
the G25 and G27, the price gap makes us tend to love the G25 even more, especially since it comes with almost identical technology.
Logitech G27 Cool Down
One of the things we were a bit disappointed with was the lack of a built-in cooling system, fans, or anything to help dissipate heat. Unfortunately, passive cooling is all you get for $1000, and you may have to let your wheel may cool down after a rigorous driving session.
Much of this has to do with the energy the force feedback system sucks down, and people have use fans, cool packs, and ventilators to try to gain a few more hours of drive time. Eventually, though, you will be disappointed when you are just getting to know your inner Mario Andretti, and you are forced to take a timeout on the bench while your system cools out.
There are, evidently, plenty of hacks and even mod instruction to add active cooling gear to your wheel. These recommendations, however, will void your warranty and include less invasive tutorials - drilling holes in the plastic and removing the cosmetic front grille - to adding gaming heat sinks and liquid cooling systems.
I Bought the G27, Now What?
Well, mounting is pretty self-explanatory, and with adjustable brackets, thick and thin desks are supported, and the pedals tend to stay put on carpeted floors. If your carpet is not an option consider abutting the pedals to a wall or solid piece of furniture.
A race seat will cost you an additional investment, but consider that with all of the mounting arms - for pedals, shifters, and the wheel itself - your gear will stay up off the ground and in a fixed position. Plus, the Logitech G27 supports a broad range of gaming seats, and you have already dropped a G anyway so you may as well protect it.
Also, consider a routine cleaning schedule. Any duster will do, and a soft rag sprayed with water and vinegar will keep dirt and grime from building up. And if the metal gets rusty, and it is prone to, just use a little WD-40 to get rid of surface rust. Silicon spray, we hear, is also nice.
Finally, fine-tuning the machine may be needed to get it to fit your exact specifications, and there are some tweaking options to go over. Button labels, for instance, are nice, even though the more you use your wheel the more it will become like second nature. To start out this is really handy so you do not have to keep referring to the owner’s manual.
Tweaks and Upgrades for Your Logitech G27
The Bodnar cable is D-Sub on one end and USB on the other. Basically, it splits off decouples the wheel/shift and pedal-cables instead of running them all together. The upshot is that your brake, clutch, and accelerator pedals will enjoy a jump from 8 bits to 10 bits (256 increments to 1024 increments - think in degrees of precision here).
It may seem like a small increase, but, when you are in the heat of the race, the simulated race car will seem more responsive as a result, and the cable is an inexpensive, relative simple upgrade anyway.
Additionally, in terms of realistic feel and performance, the Nixim mod offers upgraded springs for your G27 racing pedals. There is nothing wrong with the springs that come with the Logitech except that linear breaking is not very realistic. Think of linear breaking as a one to one relationship with acceleration, as if they were connected at opposite ends of a
string; if one goes up the other goes down.
Nixim springs work with the G27 system to create what is known as progressive breaking, which allows the break to work exclusive of the accelerator. Now, think about the principles of drifting and why that might be handy. Now you have got it.
The GTEYE mod will also turn your wheel sim into a hydraulic-petaled driving machine, and your Logitech G27 wheel will perform much more intuitively with GTEYE or Nixim springs.
Logitech G27 Wrap-Up
The Logitech G27 is a great entry-level wheel machine for the racing sim enthusiast. It offers precise steering across varied road conditions and lasts a long time, providing years of driving enjoyment. Plus Bright LED lights tell you when you need to shift. Moreover, the unit is extremely quiet, which is not surprising with the lack of any kind of active cooling system, and various possible modifications make it even more exciting to play.
However, we can’t help but wonder if $1000 bucks is worth the experience when you can buy the Logitech G25 - featuring almost identical technology - for less than half that cost. We guess that is just what 6 programmable wheel buttons cost these days.