|Thrustmaster RGT Force Feedback Pro Clutch Edition|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Input Devices|
|Written by Larry Fraser - Edited by Olin Coles|
|Saturday, 12 April 2008|
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Thrustmaster RGT Closer Look
When your looking for a new wheel for PC racing you really need to ask yourself what features are important to you and just how serious about PC racing are you? There are always extreme options out there for those who have both the desire for the best and the bank account to afford it such as the ECCI6000 which I doubt I will ever have the opportunity to own. For the rest of us, we must decide whether we are looking for a wheel so we don’t have to use a keyboard to play our racing games, a wheel that feels right when driving, or are we looking for a wheel that will allow us to get the most out of our PC racing experience.
For the most part, there are four tiers of PC wheels, the $25-$60 range wheels that are better than using the arrow keys on the keyboard but really never give you a true driving experience. The $90-$150 wheels that can give a very nice driving experience but really never let your forget your are holding a wheel made of plastic and rubber, the $250-$400 wheels that can offer a very good experience in both performance and realistic feel (metal and leather), and the extreme wheels that may easily set you back more than $1,000 using parts that would feel at home in a real race car.
The Thrustmaster RGT Force Feedback Pro Clutch Edition is priced just over $100, so in order for this wheel to be acceptable I would require it to give a very enjoyable driving experience and help my game performance. Given the price of this wheel I should accept the fact that it does make heavy use of plastic parts and a rubber wheel.
While not leather, the wheel still feels nice in your hands. It is approximately 9.5" in diameter and has a very solid feel to it. It is almost identical in both diameter and thickness to the Logitech Momo wheel which makes sense given these two wheels are in direct competition. The wheel does include the addition of an instant off feature for the Force Feedback, although I struggled to get this feature to work properly. The strength of the Force Feedback is more than adequate. While not on the same level as the G25, it more than enough to give you an enjoyable driving experience.
The pedal unit is what distinguishes the Clutch Edition from both the Momo and the Standard RGT Force Feedback Pro. Just as the name implies, you get the addition of a clutch to the pedal unit. The brake and clutch pedals have a fairly stiff resistance while the gas pedal is a little looser. While the addition of a clutch could definitely add to the realism while driving simulators such as Rfactor and GTR2, I feel that the addition of a clutch without including a gated shifter seems a little out of place. On a negative note, the pedal unit is very light and will slide all over the place regardless of whether it is on carpet or a hard surface. The bottom of the unit has a few rubber grip pads whose only purpose may be to avoid scratching your floor as you are constantly trying to slide the unit back in place. Given that this problem seems to be a common one among pedal units from just about every wheel, I have a feeling it comes down to reducing shipping weight rather than designing the pedal unit like it needs to be designed. Weight is about the only thing that would really keep the pedal unit in place.