According to reviewers, the Logitech G27 Racing Wheel has nearly everything you could possibly expect from a steering wheel controller. Its force feedback and six-gear shifter and clutch are considered the best in the business, and the 900-degree turn capability and leather wheel all create an impeccable feel and the utmost realism. The G27's durable metal components particularly impress reviewers, enabling the wheel to hold up to the abuse the force feedback dishes out as you swerve through another tight curve, although one frequent grumble is that the lightweight pedal board moves during use unless you secure it. Unlike the Fanatec Porsche 911 GT3 R3 Clubsport Edition (*Est. $330), another well-regarded high-end racing wheel, the G27 includes buttons on the face of the wheel so you can perform game actions while keeping your eyes on the monitor.
The G27 is compatible with Sony's PlayStation 3, and its buttons are programmable, so you can set the wheel to behave exactly as you want for different games. The biggest drawback noted by critics has nothing to do with performance; instead, reviewers ponder aloud whether the G27 adds much value over the older, cheaper -- and discontinued -- G25 Racing Wheel. If you're looking to spend a little less money, and don't mind using a merely very good rather than a great steering wheel, the Thrustmaster Ferrari GT Experience (*Est. $50) gets positive reviews.
SimHQ.com provides a detailed, multipage review of every aspect of the Logitech G27 Racing Wheel. A number of publications -- Wired, TechRadar.com, GamingShogun.com and TheGamerAccess.com -- provide shorter, yet still detailed reports on the Logitech G27 Racing Wheel, all of which cover nearly every aspect of setting up and using the device. TomsGuide.com pits the G27 against a couple of high-end Porsche-inspired Fanatec wheels in a comprehensive head-to-head matchup. A number of users offer their opinion of the steering peripheral on Newegg.com and Amazon.com.
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This review of the Logitech G27 Racing Wheel goes into much more exacting detail than any other critique available. "Chunx," a long time simulation fanatic and real-life racer, goes on in depth about esoteric tidbits such as helical force feedback gearing and paddle shifter switch geometry. At the end of the day, he calls the wheel superb, but laments the fact that the wheel doesn't work on the Xbox 360 and ditches the optional sequential shifter available with the older Logitech G25 Racing wheel.
Review: Logitech G27 Racing Controller, "Chunx", Aug. 17, 2009
This article compares the Logitech G27 Racing Wheel against the highly regarded (and now discontinued) limited-edition Fanatec Porsche 911 Turbo S wheel in several different categories. Although the Fanatec model ekes out victories in a couple of categories, the Logitech wheel is named as the best steering wheel overall, thanks in part to its lower price and excellent customer support services by Logitech.
Review: Side-by-Side Racing: Logitech G27 vs. the Fanatec's Porsche 911 Turbo S, "Chunx", June 7, 2010
James Pikover reviews the Logitech G27 Racing Wheel, the Fanatec Porsche 911 GT3 RS Clubsport Edition, and the basic Porsche 911 GT3 RS Wheel in this head-to-head matchup. While he doesn't like the lightweight construction of the G27's pedal board, he says it has the best gearbox he's ever seen, and that it feels great on the virtual road.
Review: Racing Wheel Roundup, James Pikover, Nov. 6, 2009
Konrad Gawronski's review of the Logitech G27 Racing Wheel is comprehensive in a couple of different ways; not only is the text portion of the review amongst the longest we could find, but he also includes 15 minutes worth of video showing the wheel in action, and his impressions of it. He doesn't appreciate the mess of cables that come with the wheel, but that doesn't lessen his appreciation of the peripheral. "If you're a fan of racers then this is the steering wheel to get," Gawronski writes.
Review: Review: Logitech G27 Racing Wheel, Konrad Gawronksi, July 25, 2010
Terrence Russell reports that using the Logitech G27 Racing Wheel actually feels like driving a car. A few things keep the racing wheel from a higher score, however (Russell awards it a 7 out of 10). He says the pedals are too small and too close together, and he doesn't like the mess of wires or the lack of Xbox 360 compatibility. Most of all, he's not sure that the G27 adds enough value or features compared to the older, cheaper G25 Racing Wheel.
Review: Logitech's Racing Wheel Will Thrill Armchair Andrettis, Terrence Russell, Sept. 24, 2009
In this reprint of a PC Format magazine review, Dave James ponders the value of the $300 Logitech G27 Racing Wheel. While he says the peripheral's realistic performance and force feedback can't be beat, he feels that only hardcore racing fanatics should spend the money on this high-end gear. He recommends more casual enthusiasts to shop around and try to find the older, cheaper -- and discontinued -- G25 racing wheel instead.
Review: Logitech G27 Review, Dave James, Jan. 20, 2010
The response to the Logitech G27 Racing Wheel is overwhelmingly positive at Amazon.com -- over 90 percent of users give the wheel a 4- or 5-star rating. The few negative reviews are mainly issued because the wheel isn't fully compatible with "Gran Tourismo 5" on the PlayStation 3 -- a limitation that won't bother PC gamers.
Review: Logitech G27 Racing Wheel, Contributors to Amazon.com
The Logitech G27 Racing Wheel maintains a strong 4-star average score at Newegg.com, with users praising the excellent performance and sturdy build quality of the peripheral over and over again. A number of small nitpicky cons are listed, but few are mentioned repeatedly except for one: users complain that the pedal springs don't provide enough resistance and are too easy to press.
Review: Logitech G27 Racing Wheel, Contributors to Newegg.com