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See Thrustmaster TH 8 RS Review Introduction Thrustmaster has been on a roll lately — a seemingly relentless campaign to assume the mantle of leader in the simulation controller industry.

Thrustmaster T500 Rs PS3 and PC Steering Wheel Review

Like any high-end product, owning your own copy of class-leading tech will cost you: Initial Impression The box arrived on my doorstep, looking and feeling more like it contained a small refrigerator than a gaming controller. Peering Thrustmaster T500 RS Wheel the box, these words started swirling in my mind: Product Manual The T RS comes with a page hard-copy instruction booklet, which is most appreciated.


The manual includes descriptions of how to set up the basic wheel, and how to configure and use the customizable features of the T RS. It also contains a listing of what parts should be in the box — which helped me realize what items had been left out of the box by the last media team to try out this particular review copy: The "realistic" brake pedal stop, brake protectors, a few Thrustmaster T500 RS Wheel, and two Allen keys.

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To make up for those omissions, the previous reviewers added enough dog hair sheddings inside the box and every inner-working of the wheel and pedals to make my own lap dog. How considerate of them. It is Thrustmaster T500 RS Wheel the elephant in the room or on my PC desk, anyway. The wheel housing takes up a lot of desk space. Normally when clamping a wheel to my computer desk, I attach the wheel housing to the sliding keyboard tray, then slide the tray in until the front of the wheel housing braces against the main portion of the desk.

With the T RS? The immense size of the T's housing sticks out so far that you cannot get the clamp under the keyboard tray.

As a result, I had to attach the T RS to the main surface of my desk, which is made of glass. That method feels a bit iffy, as the force feedback is very powerful on this wheel. Thrustmaster T500 RS Wheel worked for the review, but it doesn't feel like a permanent solution. The T RS's desk clamp is a big, u-shaped bracket that mates to wheel housing via sturdy T-handle bolt.

While this Thrustmaster T500 RS Wheel ultimately results in a firm attachment, getting the wheel to that point is Thrustmaster T500 RS Wheel awkward affair due to ungainly size and weight of wheel housing and the loose, free-spinning nature of u-shaped clamp during tightening. You're probably better off bolting this product to a wheel stand or sim cockpit, which is provided for with multiple hard points for bolting the wheel housing down. While Thrustmaster claims the wheel rim to be 12 inches 30cm in diameter, my tape measure shows it to be That said, the wheel looks wider due to a thinner diameter rim, and also features nicely finished, brushed metal spokes in basic black.

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The wheel itself is also detachable from the housing unit, supposedly to allow for future upgrades. With a larger housing, it feels as though the components inside are stronger and larger as well.

This would make intuitive sense, as I have heard from wheel developers that the larger the wheel's diameter, the greater the loads placed on the internal components. Like many current-gen sim controllers, the T RS dispenses with mechanical potentiometers that quickly wear out, and goes instead with contactless magnetic Hall Effect sensors, called H. Thrustmaster claims this makes Thrustmaster T500 RS Wheel T RS an ultra-precise wheel, endowed with bit resolution, or 65, discreetly measurable steering values.


Or something like that. The T RS makes use of a 65 Thrustmaster T500 RS Wheel industrial motor driving two belts at up to rpm. It never felt like the wheel was about to be jerked from my hands.

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The forces exerted made the game feel Thrustmaster T500 RS Wheel like a real car than anything I've ever tried. Typically when you can crank up the FFB level on a sim racing wheel, it just feels like more force, and often the outputs get a little harsh and abrupt. Normally all that Full really adds is an engine vibration to the wheel.

In other wheels, this engine vibration presents itself as an irritatingly jerky wobble or shake that feels Thrustmaster T500 RS Wheel like an engine. But with the T RS, the wheel purred like a cat, and when driving at speed the sensation conveyed a feeling of being in touch with the road and the car's vibrations, even if the feeling is completely artificial.


Thrustmaster has also clearly found a way to minimize the need for on-center reduction in FFB strength necessary to prevent divergent wheel oscillations felt as a softening of FFB outputs when the wheel is nearly Thrustmaster T500 RS Wheel. This giving the T RS more consistent rotating resistance all from lock to lock which feels very good indeed. When driving straight, there's no backlash from the FFB system, giving the wheel a very realistic feel.

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After just a half hour of driving, the wheel's cooling fan kicked on. It's a loud fan, much more so than anything on a Logitech or Fanatec wheel.

Then again, this wheel is clearly packing a heavier punch in terms of FFB and vibration strength than its competitors and no doubt generates a lot of heat during a gaming session. The new benchmark force feedback wheel!

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Realistic Simulator, with official GRAN TURISMO®6 & PlayStation® Licences. Your wheel's Firmware version appears in the top right in the Control Panel's tabs. How can I verify the T RS/ Ferrari F1/ Ferrari Challenge wheel is.

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