|SteelSeries Simraceway SRW-S1 Wheel|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Input Devices|
|Written by Steven Iglesias-Hearst|
|Tuesday, 03 January 2012|
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Simraceway SRW-S1 Detailed Features
In this section we will get a closer look at the detailed features of the SteelSeries SRW-S1 steering wheel.
As you can see there are plenty of control options available with the SRW-S1 steering wheel, many of which are simple to bind in your game of choice. The driving assist dials (middle and right) only work with Simraceway at this point but the steering sensitivity works regardless of which game you are playing. Having these dials available on the fly is great but they are all options that are customizable in the in-game menus. Of all three dials the one I found most useful was the steering sensitivity dial, not that it made it easier to control the vehicle per se, but just so I could match up precisely the movement of the SRW-S1 to the on screen wheel in the car thus making the whole experience more authentic.
The SRW-S1 is tethered to a SteelSeries signature 2.4m braided USB cable, while this adds to the quality look and feel of the product it is quite unnecessary. A simple bog standard detachable 1.5m USB cable would have been quite sufficient and could have possibly brought down production costs.
A close-up here of the accelerator paddle, the SRW-S1 is constructed from hard plastics but the whole unit has been finished with a soft rubber feel urethane coating. This gives the wheel a nice (difficult to put into words) feeling when you hold it in your hands possibly best demonstrated by actually holding one for yourself. All of the paddles have grooves moulded into them to prevent your fingers from sliding off during extended use.
The small but informative manual confirmed exactly what I thought when I saw these mounting holes, an optional detachable desk stand/mount. The word from SteelSeries is that the R&D team are working on something at the moment but our contact doesn't know if or when such a mount might be made available. It is in my nature to modify things or try to makeshift something so with this in mind I set out to attach the SRW-S1 to my trusty camera tripod. It was a simple case of finding a different size bolt to attach the camera quick release bracket to the wheel and attaching it onto the tripod, I slid the pan lock off to allow the wheel to move while keeping the tripod still and that was that. I had a semi stable platform for my wheel, there wasn't a lot of difference in game but for comfort purposes it made a big difference. I can only imagine that a properly fixed stand might make all the difference.