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Fanatec Porsche 911 Turbo Wireless Steering Wheel

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"very good bargain at this price"
5 stars"
Purchased on Mighty Ape

Advantages:

1/ Accuracy. Extremely prercise steering and gas/brake. I used this wheel for GT5P, I managed to beat all S class in Spec II (much harder than Spec III), I got silver in S10.

2/ Quality built wheel. Leather cover, very solid build, single large powerful motor to emulate life like force feedback

3/ Wide range of adjustments. Can save 5 different config profiles, of which you can change force feed strength, sensitivity (900, 360, 180), and vibration.

4/ Good design. The wheel is a true piece of art, it makes Logitech wheels look like mere toys. Buttons are LED lighted, very nice. Wireless allows you to have the wheel several meters aways from your TV (very good if you have a big TV and big lounge). the shift nob can be installed on either side of the wheel, this is a very good feature comparing to logitech Driving Force GT, which has the nob fixed on the right side (i.e. the wrong side for us kiwis).

Disadvantages:

1/ Pedal losing signal. I first thought it was a wireless issue so I took out the batteries from the pedals and used the cable, I still lose signal from time to time. It is very annoying when you have been driving hard for a 15 minute race to keep in the lead, and then suddenly lose power and the race.

2/ Compatablity. Because it is not developed with Sony in close relationship (compared to Logitech), it is suspectable to incompatiblity. When GT5P Spec III was released, the wheel stopped working, you have to update the firmware. Now it is affected by the christmas bug. no firmware fix is avaliable at this point of time (15th Jan)

3, No Screws. The set comes with a screw driver, seemingly intended for installing the steel pedal weight plate, but inside the the box I can find no no screws! I am about to contact Mighty Ape about it. Maybe it is just me.

3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.
"Manufacturer: not of merchantable quality."
2 stars"

See also http://www.scribd.com/…wheel-review

From my point of view, having used a number of force feedback wheels, this one is in need of both design and software driver development.

It looks great, is easy to install but lacks the robustness in design expected for the money. The device does not hold the confiiguration settings for either steering or clutch which makes using serious driving sims such as GT Legends or GTR Evo difficult at first and frustrating later. It could be good with improved, (ie not Microsoft) calibration of X, Y and Z coordinates. It is not clear whether the problem is with the wireless signal dropping out (flashing dongle LCD) of the hardwiring failing (no or late responses to clutch or wheel) or the software drivers just lacking robust configuration settings (need for frequent reconfiguration).

The gear shift is so stiff as to be unsuitable for kids using console gaming systems or adults attempting any sort of skilled driving.

I will be returning this device and paying the extra for another Logitec G25 Wheel.

Conclusion: get the next release, when the problems are fixed.

2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.
"Excellent driving simulator"
5 stars"
Purchased on Mighty Ape

Bought this wheel set up for use on PS3 and was VERY impressed. The force feedback, vibration and gear shift give a very realistic feeling. Also came with sequential shift.

I have been using it with Gran Turismo 5 Prolougue and a few need for speed games. The NFS games unfortunately don't support the clutch but still allow the H gear set up.

Haven't had any issues with the wireless and no complaints with the wheel. Definately better when secured to a desk or frame. I was originally using the wheel on the lap but the force feedback cracked the lap stabilisers and I had to mount it.

Bought over a year ago and Never looked back.

Description

The 911 Wireless Wheel is compatible with both PC and PlayStation 3.

Key benefits
  • The original reproduction of a 911 leather steering wheel gives you the genuine Porsche feeling
  • Wireless USB technology which provides latency free signal transmission to the PC/Console and is very robust against interference (Power supply to wheel still needed)
  • 3 Force Feedback motors and smooth belt drive deliver sensational realism
  • Authentic wireless pedals with clutch and soft-stop brake
  • Two gear sticks included: 6+1 Speed H-pattern and sequential
  • Compatible with PC and Playstation 3 (6+1 gear stick is only supported on PC and Playstation 3)
  • Additional exchangeable sequential gear stick included
Full Features Porsche 911 Turbo Wheel
  • Original Porsche 911 Turbo steering wheel design
  • Licensed by Porsche Lizenz- und Handelsgesellschaft mbH
  • Authentic metal Porsche logo on wheel
  • Hand stitched leather wheel manufactured according to Porsche quality standards
  • Compatible with PC and Playstation 3 (all games which support ForceFeedback wheels)
  • 6+1 Speed H-pattern gear stick with realistic shifting feel
  • Additional exchangeable sequential gear stick included
  • Wireless pedals with + 100 hours battery life time (low battery warning on display and optional power supply cable for simulators)
  • Realistic clutch pedal with declining resistance
  • Pressure sensitive brake emulation with soft-stop
  • Diameter of wheel is 300 millimeters
  • Gear sticks are interchangeable and can be mounted on the left or right side
  • Turning angle can be adjusted in the wheel to 900°, 360° or 180° or in 1° steps by software
  • For PC: Strong table clamps with quick release, special non-slip rubber pads, and Velcro strips on the pedals
    keep everything in place. Integrated nuts allow the strong fixation on a gaming cockpit
  • For Playstation: Attachable lap wings and the attachment of the gear sticks to the wheel allow comfortable game
    play in the living room without the use of a table
  • Illuminated button symbols switch automatically between PC and Playstation
  • Powerful Mabuchi RS 550 Motor as used in RC cars delivers extra strong ForceFeedback effects
  • Additional 2 Force Feedback actuators in the wheel simulate motor vibrations
  • Extra smooth and silent belt drive without mechanical dead zone
  • High resolution wheel sensor
  • TUNING functions with LED display
  • Saves up to 5 wheel set-ups
  • Adjust ForceFeedback strength during game play
  • Adjust sensitivity independent from the game
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July 2nd, 2008
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1563248

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