Logitech G25 ReviewBosco -
TestingTesting a product out is one of the most exciting parts for me.
One thing that caught my eye right away was that there were no extra little rubber pads for the bottom of the pedals. So if they wear out, what are we supposed to do? There is an option for bolts, but I have hardwood floors in my office and don’t want to be bolting into that. My hardwood floors will become an issue later.
So I finally get everything bolted down onto my desk. To get ready to play, I have installed NFS:MW, rFactor, and TMNations.
I jumped into rFactor right away because I got to try it out at CES. The first thing that went bad was my shifting. I found that the gearbox is very tight going from 2nd gear to 3rd. Quite a few times I went from 2nd to 5th, but after a little while I began getting used to it. However, like I said, it’s pretty tight.
I found the steering very responsive, more so than I expected. I am so used to a keyboard and that delay you get when driving; there is no delay with the G25. The dual-motor force feedback gives you the thrill that you are actually flying down the track at 200kph. I have used force feedback before, but this is way superior to anything I have ever used and I suspect that it has to do with the dual motors.
There are two clamps that hold the steering wheel to the desk. I would have preferred to see three like the gearbox because it did move on me a few times. I tightened it down harder and it seems to hold better now. Quite a few times I found myself over turning or over correcting myself since I was not used to the wheel. I don’t think my buddies have ever laughed so hard like when they did watching me do 360s at 100mph on a sharp turn. Oh well, they are no better, what do they know... The force feedback on the steering wheel was very powerful and enjoyable to use. You could feel bumps and definitely knew when you hit a wall. Which, for me, was quite often.
The next thing I focused on were the pedals (gas, brake, and clutch). They are very responsive and the brake is stiff, just like in real life. This is where my hardwood floors became an issue. At high speeds, when I pushed hard on the brake, the base of the pedals would start to slide on me. Don’t get me wrong, with normal use they seemed to move very little, if at all. So what’s a guy to do? Well, thankfully I have a brace bar under my desk that I usually use for a footrest. Since I wanted to continue gaming but didn't want to renovate my desk, I grabbed my floor safe, dragged it under my desk, and put the pedals against that. Guess what? My pedals don’t move any more, no matter how hard I slam on them. Problem solved. Of course, if you don’t have a floor safe kicking around then you might have an issue to deal with if you have hardwood floors. There is an additional grip on the bottom for carpets. I tried using it on my hardwood, but of course, it didn't work but nor was I expecting it too. I then took it downstairs where there is carpet and it did do a decent job, but again, if you pushed hard enough you can make it move.
I switched over to TMNations, played that for a bit, and then I turned on NFS:MW. I am normally very good at this game but I again found myself trying to get used to the steering. Remember that NOS button I was talking about earlier? It comes in handy for this game, no doubt about that. After playing NFS for a while, I began to get used to the steering and found myself driving straighter then I used to and I also found the game more enjoyable to play. One of the main reasons for that is because there is more to do. From shifting gears and using the pedals, down to the steering, what more could you ask for?
I then headed across the street to my buddy’s house and hooked the unit up to his Playstation. After a few laps on Gran Turismo 2 and 3, I was in heaven. I allowed my buddy to try it out and he too was hooked. We both found it way easier and more fun to play the game with the G25 compared to the game pad.
I would love to spend more time testing more games, but there is only so much time in a day to test and I have to sleep sometime.