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Steelseries SRW-S1 Steering Wheel review

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Shirty 25th April 2012, 12:01 Quote
Shame, it looks like a nice bit of kit.
Madness_3d 25th April 2012, 12:03 Quote
read the line

"a steering wheel that uses accelerometers"

and died a little inside...

Thought maybe you could swap it onto another one of their wheels for more buttons and a better grip, but this? disappoint :(
MrCraigL 25th April 2012, 12:26 Quote
@Madness_3d the accelerometers are accurate, but because there's no fixed base it's impossible. There are holes in the back to bolt it on to bases, so you might well be able to swap it in, but that's a lot of bother for not much gain.
xxxsonic1971 25th April 2012, 12:39 Quote
i lol'ed reading the conclusion lol!
feathers 25th April 2012, 12:41 Quote
I bought this a few months ago. It lasted precisely 2 days and on the 3rd morning when I switched PC on, the line of rev lights on the wheel were all lit up (normally they only light in compatible game). Upon booting into windows the wheel was not detected any more. Unplugged, plugged in again, same. Tried on a second PC, same. The wheel had died after 2 days and what amounted to 2 hours total use. I got it RMA'd back to overclockers and then looked for an alternative... Was considering the Logitech G27 but was concerned about the cheap plastic pedals and this non-removable deadzone people were complaining about on the forums.

Then I discovered Fanatec (never heard of them before). Was so impressed and when I saw they had Porsche GT3 with clubsport pedals at £309 I went nuts and purchased!

The Fanatec is now bolted to my desk and the pedals are solid metal and don't slide around on the floor.

I agree with Bit-tech... Simraceway is awful. Graphics are about the worst you will find (the simbin sims such as Race07 and GTR look way better).

While the simraceway wheel was working, it was most playable with F1 2011 but otherwise not natural to use and not much fun without force feedback.

It was my first and last Steelseries product. Took me 3 days to register fault on the steelseries website because that too wasn't working properly.
The_EXorcist 25th April 2012, 14:15 Quote
Had my G25 wheel for years, love it, thinking about upgrading to the G27, but will probably wait till this one dies. I wouldnt consider any wheel without seperate H shifter and seperate steel pedals.
Niftyrat 25th April 2012, 14:18 Quote
I would like a wheel that was not as bulky but as good as my g25 (would like more buttons as well) and could be easily removed off my desk when I don't need it
feathers 25th April 2012, 14:53 Quote
For me I wanted to avoid having to remove wheel from desk every time I wanted to use the keyboard. The solution turned out to be a monitor/keyboard arm that holds the monitor and keyboard above the desk. The wheel is fixed in position and the keyboard floats above it. Works great.
true_gamer 25th April 2012, 15:12 Quote
They could have done so much more with this...I.E They could of allowed it to be fitted to a G25/27. So then you would still get the force feedback, and use of the G25/27 pedals.
That would make a nice upgrade to my G25 when playing games like F1 2011.
Cleggmeister 25th April 2012, 18:32 Quote
Looks like I'll keep using my MS Sidewinder (non force feedback variant) for a while to come!
fdbh96 25th April 2012, 18:40 Quote
how did it get 30%?
misterd77 25th April 2012, 19:31 Quote
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Originally Posted by fdbh96
how did it get 30%?


really ?....trololololol
Canon 25th April 2012, 20:03 Quote
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Originally Posted by feathers
I bought this a few months ago. It lasted precisely 2 days

DUDE. That's a huge step forward for steelseries, you're lucky if you product comes out of the box in one piece.

They are appauling!
13eightyfour 25th April 2012, 20:28 Quote
At first i thought it was an add on wheel for existing proper steering wheels which would be great, the only other affordable one i can think of is the ferrari wheel for the t500rs (dont know if it'll fit other wheels).

Then i realise its and 'air' controller and gave up reading tbh
Rhydian 25th April 2012, 20:37 Quote
Should get 100% not to buy it.
fdbh96 25th April 2012, 22:28 Quote
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Originally Posted by mingemuncher
really ?....trololololol

As in basically it said all the way through the review that it was completely not worth buying. Why bother giving it 30%?
Porkins' Wingman 25th April 2012, 22:40 Quote
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Originally Posted by fdbh96
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Originally Posted by mingemuncher
really ?....trololololol

As in basically it said all the way through the review that it was completely not worth buying. Why bother giving it 30%?

...because it works and provides an alternative option for people who don't want the bulky fixed option. So lap times can't match a G27, but not everyone is in the market for online laptimes. For casual gaming I'd say it might be worth considering... but for casual gaming the price, and the design, is probably overkill.
bushi 26th April 2012, 01:01 Quote
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Originally Posted by true_gamer
They could have done so much more with this...I.E They could of allowed it to be fitted to a G25/27. So then you would still get the force feedback, and use of the G25/27 pedals.
That would make a nice upgrade to my G25 when playing games like F1 2011.

Uh.. I don't think that would work...

Please correct me if I'm wrong, but that sounds pretty rediculous.
Showerhead 26th April 2012, 01:05 Quote
Seems odd they include so many features on a wheel that has no way to do force feedback. If the made a simpler and priced it around £30-40 i could see it appealing to the casual market.

Shame to looks like it could make a good wheel if it was fixed and offered force feedback.
feathers 26th April 2012, 10:51 Quote
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Originally Posted by Canon
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Originally Posted by feathers
I bought this a few months ago. It lasted precisely 2 days

DUDE. That's a huge step forward for steelseries, you're lucky if you product comes out of the box in one piece.

They are appauling!

LOL. I've not had any experience of their products before. To put things in perspective, I have an old Logitech formula force wheel and pedals I bought USED on ebay 12 years ago. It still works to this day!

The S1 had no rough handling in the 4 days it was with me. Was never dropped.
PureSilver 26th April 2012, 15:07 Quote
I think it is actually an interesting solution to a problem with traditional wheels (one, it's a pain to clamp and unclamp the wheel from your desk, two, it's a pretty embarrassing thing to have clamped to your desk) but I have always hated accelerometer-based wheels, even the one for the Wii. Good on SteelSeries for trying something new, but I still ain't buying one.
Rhydian 26th April 2012, 16:31 Quote
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Originally Posted by PureSilver
I think it is actually an interesting solution to a problem with traditional wheels (one, it's a pain to clamp and unclamp the wheel from your desk, two, it's a pretty embarrassing thing to have clamped to your desk) but I have always hated accelerometer-based wheels, even the one for the Wii. Good on SteelSeries for trying something new, but I still ain't buying one.

Simple...use a controller

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Snubbs 26th April 2012, 23:35 Quote
I'd be tempted to buy one of these purely for the purposes of hacking it into a new wheel for my G27... I doubt itll be up to taking the force-feedback thou - would probably shatter the plastic... Will have to see if anyone mods one though!
BLC 27th April 2012, 14:54 Quote
The "air wheel" concept isn't really that new or novel - it was done with the Wii a few years ago, and the 360 even has a u-shaped "wheel" with accelerometer control.

To put it as bluntly as possible: F*** THAT. I want a fixed steering wheel - with a permanent axis around which it rotates - with force feedback and separate pedals. I'd like having all the bells & whistles like the throttle lights, brake bias, fuel mix adjustments, etc, as F1 games are pretty much the only racing games I play. However, I can't see how you can get the same level of steering precision without a fixed axis, and modding this to work with a normal wheel seems like a lot of effort and expense for little gain.
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Originally Posted by Cleggmeister
Looks like I'll keep using my MS Sidewinder (non force feedback variant) for a while to come!

I picked one of these up a few months back for a really cheap price (although mine has force-feedback) - still a great piece of kit! Admittedly it would be helpful if it had a D-Pad, but there's always a keyboard (or Razer Nostromo) nearby.
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