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SteelSeries Simraceway [S¹] SRW-S1 Steering Wheel Review - Final Thoughts

SteelSeries put me back in the driver's seat of my favourite race games and made me try out some new ones with the [S] SRW-S1 steering wheel.

| Steering Wheels in Peripherals | Posted: Feb 23, 2012 9:04 am
TweakTown Rating: 94%      Manufacturer: SteelSeries

Final Thoughts

 

There is so much about the SRW-S1 that I personally feel solved all my previous issues in making a decision on which wheel to buy. My issues were sliding pedals, the bulk of the wheel in general, as well as when not in use and this is nowhere near as rough on your body as the simulator chair setup that Chris owns. I do miss the rumble a bit that even my Xbox controller offers, but I was really having too much fun with the wheel while racing everything from Dirt2 and 3, to Simraceway, iRacing and many others I tried. Since the SRW-S1 installs without a driver, Windows picks it up and with a little tinkering in the options, the wheel sets up quickly and easily to any game that needs a wheel.

 

I put in a lot of hours with the SRW-S1 and I won't lie, for the first few days my chest and shoulders were a bit sore, but I haven't had to hold my arms off my lap to race in a lot of years. In perspective, when driving at Chris' house, the force feedback and the way that wheel sends you into needing to change your shorts mode, that setup is much more taxing on your body and will wear you down really fast. Now I know they are two completely different ways of accomplishing the same thing, but I really like the portability and overall feel that SteelSeries offers in the SRW-S1 steering sheel.

 

The pricing is a bit cheaper than some of the better fully equipped wheels, but the ones like in the setup I keep mentioning, those wheels are much more expensive, some into the $300 range and beyond. That in mind, the $120 pricing that we covered in the specifications doesn't seem so bad for what we do get in this wheel. The comfort of it, being light enough not to cramp you up, but still solid enough to make you still enjoy using it.

 

The only thing I think it lacks is rumble support; it seems it could have been incorporated to add just that much more response to an otherwise awesome creation. For me personally the [S¹] SRW-S1 steering wheel from SteelSeries has found a place in my "keepers" pile of toys and made a lot of my older titles well worth the reinstall!

 

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