On many occasions over the last couple of years, I’ve come extremely close to yielding to temptation and buying the Logitech G25, which was widely considered to be the best consumer-level simulation racing wheel on the market. But each time, I managed to resist in the hopes that Logitech would finally release its long awaited successor. That has now finally happened, and after waiting a long time, I finally got my hands on the Logitech G27. As expected, this wheel doesn’t come cheap, and at Rs 25,000, this one is only for the most hardcore sim racers. But is it enough of an improvement over the G25?__STARTQUOTE__At Rs 25,000, the G27 is only for the most hardcore sim racers.__ENDQUOTE__ If you keep the G25 and G27 side-by-side on a table, it might take you a while to tell the two apart. They look almost identical, and considering that the G25 wasn’t the best looking wheel around, it’s disappointing that Logitech didn’t put enough time and effort (if any) into a newer design. But look closer and two differences jump out at you. The top of the central portion of the wheel features a sequence of LED lights which act as an RPM meter to aid in shifting gears. Secondly, there are now six customizable buttons on the wheel, as opposed to two on the G25. While more is definitely better, the buttons seem a little too close together, and in the thick of the action, the chances of pressing the wrong one are quite high.
While it isn’t the best looking wheel around, the build quality is top notch. The wheel grip is made of high-quality leather, while the central portion and the paddle shifters behind it use brushed metal. The pedal unit looks almost identical to that of the G25, but it feels less flimsy now, and you can now make subtle adjustments to the spacing of the pedals as well as the resistance they offer when pushed. One major complaint about the G25 was that all three pedals were at the same height. In the G27 though, the accelerator sits a little deeper than the clutch and brake, which works a lot better if you like to perform heel-toe shifts.
Another major change, and one that might irk many purists, is in the gear shifter. The G25 gave you the option to choose between sequential shifting and the H shifter (which you commonly find in road cars), with a knob that let you switch between the two. The G27 ditches the sequential shifter entirely, so the H shifter is all you get. In doing so however, they’ve improved the shifter tremendously, and gear shifts are a lot more natural and reassuring in the G27. I personally don’t mind this change, because anyone who likes sequential shifting can use the shifter paddles that are located at the back of the wheel.
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Oct 20, 2016
Oct 20, 2016