After a lot of hours on Grid, Dirt 3, and Simraceway, I got really comfortable with the feel and usage of the Speed Wheel 6 MT, and liked a lot of what I found in that testing. Most obviously, this wheel is very aesthetically pleasing with the use of the various textures, red accents and chromed touches around the entire thing - it is definitely a looker. Steering is mildly resistant from the force of the springs used to make sure the wheel will always rest at center. The paddle shifters are responsive, the gear shifter is solid and makes defined movements that you cannot mess up, and the unit very solidly clamps to any desktop with little time and effort involved.
All of these aspects are solid for Genius, and the new Speed Wheel 6 MT with vibration feedback. Oh, I almost forgot about that. The vibration system on this is very strong if turned all the way up and is much stronger in the hand feel than what either a PS3 or Xbox controller provides.
Checking off the boxes for what is solid and done well about this system, there were also some things that were a bit on the miss for me as well. I don't know about you, but I tend to make a mistake in the game, and maybe want to wrench on the wheel a bit in frustration. With the Nylon components inside, while strong and tightly build, the wheel will flex quite a bit if 'handled' incorrectly. What is more frustrating is the peddle system. With my larger desk, I cannot run the wiring behind my desk, and it left me running it through one of the clamps to prop the wire from the lower component to the wheel, and it was constantly rubbing on my leg. On top of that, my office is carpeted, and without something to block it from traveling, these peddles offer no grip on a carpeted surface. If you do have a hard floor under your desk, they do stay longer in one place, but in a fast paced game with a lot of heavy gas and heavy breaking into the corners, the peddles still have a tendency to wander away.
As long as you can find other ways to compensate for these couple of "small issues" as I will call them, it is easy to fully enjoy the benefits of a wheel over a controller with the Speed Wheel 6 MT. I know eventually when I got the hang of it, I was able to turn faster laps and feather the throttle more to keep me from dumping out the rear end as I exited corners.
For a price of $66 prior to any shipping costs, I will say you get what you pay for with this new wheel from Genius. It is cost effective, cross-platform compatible, offers paddle shifters or a gear shifter, and has a really strong vibration feedback incorporated to allow you to more enjoy any sort of racing game. Whether you are sliding the tail out on dirt courses, or hugging the striped bumper on the inside of a turn on a street course, moving to a wheel system from a controller is a huge advantage. Genius packs the Speed Wheel 6 MT with just enough to be able to please any style of racer, and make you feel at home in any style of car with the multiple shifter options.
I know my knowledge of racing wheels is somewhat limited at this point, but with what I have seen, along with some of the outrageous pricing associated with the more realistic solutions, I think Genius is offering an above average solution, and is worth every bit of its economically friendly pricing.
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- Page 2 [Specifications, Availability and Pricing]
- Page 3 [Packaging]
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