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Thrustmaster Ferrari Force Feedback Racing Wheel Review - Thrustmaster Ferrari Force Feedback - Page 2

With the recent rise in popularity of driving games, there has been great demand for a higher level of realism. Titles that come to mind are the Need For Speed series, the Nascar series and the Formula One series. While these games can be fun to play with a gamepad or keyboard, let's face it, playing a racing game using the arrow keys on your keyboard is no where near as fun as using a full sized racing wheel with pedals and a gear stick. Come join Asher "Acid" Moses as he takes a look at the latest edition to the Thrustmaster range, the Ferrari Force Feedback racing wheel.

By: | Steering Wheels in Peripherals | Posted: Jan 15, 2002 5:00 am

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Inside the rather large box was the racing wheel itself, foot pedals, power adapter, manual and driver CD. The driver CD was quite plain, consisting of just the Windows drivers and nothing else. It would have been nice to see a few racing titles included with the package so you can use the wheel straight out of the box, without having to go out and spend more money on a new game. Although this should not be a problem if you're racing fan that already owns all of the good racing titles. However, people that are new to the racing scene may find this a bit of an inconvenience.


The User's Manual that was included is detailed and well written, explaining what each of the wheel's functions do and how to install it into your PC. Another thing to note is that everything was well packaged and wrapped nicely. The wheel arrived at my home in excellent condition.





Unlike some racing wheels, installation of the Ferrari Force Feedback wheel was a very simple affair. The underside of the wheel features a clamp-like device that clamps down onto your desk. Suction cups on the underside of the wheel ensure a strong, stable grip. This installion system makes the wheel very versatile, being able fit on most desks, no matter how big or small they are.


After the wheel is clamped onto the desk, the pedals should be placed on the floor and then plugged into the wheel. Next, plug the power adapter into the power socket and then into the wheel. Finally, plug the wheel into the USB port of your PC and set the switch on the back of the wheel to the "On" position. Upon booting into Windows, the wheel will be detected and you will be prompted to install the drivers. Then it's just a matter of inserting the driver CD and telling Windows to search the CD-ROM drive for the correct drivers and you're ready to play.



The only complaint I have regarding installation of the wheel is that everything (pedals, AC adaptor and USB connector) connects to the wheel itself, meaning that you have a heap of wires running over your desk that shouldn't really be there. Placing them on the pedals instead of the base of the wheel would have been a much better idea. This problem isn't too serious but I felt it was worth mentioning anyway.


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