|SteelSeries Simraceway SRW-S1 Wheel|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Input Devices|
|Written by Steven Iglesias-Hearst|
|Tuesday, 03 January 2012|
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Steering Wheel Final Thoughts
The SteelSeries SRW-S1 steering wheel has filled a gap that existed in the current marketplace, whether that gap needed filling or not is down to you the consumer. Are you happy enough playing on the keyboard or with a controller? Do you think that $119.99 is a reasonable price for this steering wheel? Or do you think this is just a gimmick? I have an advantage here, I get to test the wheel without committing any cash but in return I must write this review. I am in no way inclined to make out this is a good product when it isn't, and I wouldn't do that anyway.
With that being said, at first I wasn't convinced that the SRW-S1 was going to be able to cut it but after extended use on some good racing sims I became accustomed to it and was able to do really well. Sure it won't ever compare to a fully fledged wheel and pedal set but it isn't aimed at that sector. It is quite difficult to think who might actually want the SteelSeries SRW-S1 steering wheel because without a stand you won't be able to use it for a real extended period of time, and I can't see many people laying down $120 for a 'casual' wheel. I really hope that SteelSeries will work on an optional desk stand or even an adapter to attach this wheel to currently available wheel bases on the market (Logitech, Fanatec, Thrustmaster)
SteelSeries Simraceway SRW-S1 Conclusion
In this section I am going to write a brief five point summary on the following categories; Performance, Appearance, Construction, Functionality and Value. These views are my own and help me to give the SteelSeries SRW-S1 Steering Wheel a rating out of 10. A high score does not necessarily mean that it is better than a similar steering wheel set, which has been reviewed by another writer here at Benchmark Reviews that may have got a lower score. It is however a good indicator of whether the SRW-S1 steering wheel is good or not. I would strongly urge you to read the entire review, if you have not already, so that you can make an educated decision for yourself.
The SteelSeries SRW-S1 Steering wheel performs really well considering it a brand new concept unlike anything else currently available. The one thing that would possibly make it better is a fixed stand. I often find myself resting my arms on my computer chairs' arm rests while driving which restricts movement somewhat.
Appearance is usually a tough one to call because there are so many different tastes to cater for. But I'm pretty sure there will be a unanimous feeling towards the SteelSeries SRW-S1, and that is that it looks extremely professional and authentic indeed. It is styled on and F1 steering wheel and does the job really well, it is really clean looking too. The buttons initially look like a random rainbow assortment but the colors actually correlate to the functions to make them easier to remember.
Construction is second to none, and so it should be for $120. The entire unit is constructed form really lightweight but extremely strong and rigid plastic which is then coated with a rubber like soft feel urethane finish. The hand grips are perfectly sculpted for a really comfortable hold, the material used on these grips feels really dry and powdery after extended use but that is good in a way because that means your hands stay dry under the pressure.
Functionality is very good in Simraceway but in other games it is somewhat limited, the assist dials and shift LED's will not work in any unsupported games (which is everything but Simraceway). This just means that these options can't be adjusted on the fly in other racing sims but that doesn't stop you adjusting these settings in the in-game menus. For a motion sensitive controller I was initially sceptical, but after a period of use I was really quite impressed by the accuracy that the SRW-S1 has. The gear shift paddles have a nice audible and tactile click to let you know you have actuated the controls. The brake and accelerator paddles are spring loaded and pressure sensitive and allow for very precise control in trained hands. The close proximity of the rear paddles means you won't find yourself contorting your hands or searching for the various controls.
The SteelSeries SRW-S1 Steering Wheel is available right now for $119.99 (Amazon) or directly from the SteelSeries web store. At this price point there are some contenders but nothing with this level of customization. I personally think the price is just a little too high and $100 might be a better price point.
+ Very sensitive to movement
- Only fully functional in Simraceway
Final Score: 8.40 out of 10.
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