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Friday, 18 November 2016

Thrustmaster T150 Racing Wheel - Long Term Review

So I've been using Thrustmaster's entry level Force Feed Back, PC compatible racing wheel for the Playstation 3 and 4, the T150 for six months now. I've used it on a variety of sims, including iRacing, Assetto Corsa, Project CARS, DiRT Rally and older titles like GTR 2 and GT Legends as well as a handful of other racing titles.

For iRacing and the newer racing titles, there's very little in the way of setup needed, but for GTR 2, GT Legends and older F1 titles you'll need to go into the game settings and play around with things. That aside, the Thrustmaster T150 is a great entry level FFB racing wheel that will give you far more immersion into any racing game than a gamepad ever will.

I have my T150 wheel and pedals on a Wheel Stand Pro, but the wheel base comes with a desk clamp which is very secure with no fear of movement during your racing, even with titles like DiRT Rally.

For a racing wheel at this price, the force feedback is excellent and for titles like Assetto Corsa and Project CARS, you may which to turn the FFB  down a touch until you get comfortable with it. The wheel itself is non-changeable, which is understandable at this price. The blue rubber grips on the wheel may not be to everyone's taste, it certainly wouldn't be my first choice, although there is a Ferrari licenced version also available, which I would have preferred at the time of purchase - yes I bought this wheel out of my own pocket!

The rest of the plastic rim, does unfortunately give the wheel a bit of a "toyish" feel which for the more serious sim racer wouldn't be a good feature. But that said, if you're a serious sim racer then you're more likely to go for Thrustamster's T300 model. The paddle shifters though are very good quality for this price of wheel. They are all metal and provide a very positive "click" when operated. As a side slight side note, I did have a slight issue on a couple of occasions with the up-shift paddle where the micro switch stopped clicking and I couldn't up-shift. This, without my intervention seemed to cure itself and all has been fine ever since, so maybe it was a dirt particle or something, I can't say. The wheel also has 1080 degrees of rotation, another positive feature for a wheel in this price range.

T3PA pedal set - upgrade option for £80
Now on to the pedals that come with the wheel. Thrustmaster's standard pedals. that come with the T150 as well as the TMX (the XboxOne version) and it's non-FFB wheels, really aren't that great. That said, the brake does have some resistance/progression around 2/3rds which is a good feature for an entry level pedal set. But there is a slution. The T150 is a "modular" wheel, so at a later date, you can upgrade the pedals to the T3PA or T3PA Pro pedal set. You also add on the TH8A shifter. All this makes the T150 a great value wheel with the option to upgrade parts of the package.

Final thoughts...

All-in-all, the Thrustmaster T150 is a great entry level force feed back racing wheel. Designed for the Playstation 3 and 4, but also PC compatible, with metal paddle shifters, 1080 degrees of rotation and superb force feed back you really can't go wrong for the price. The only three things I can really say that let the  T150 down are the look and feel of the wheel rim and the pedals, but the fact the you can upgrade the pedals and add the TH8A shifter at a later date give this wheel a great selling point.

Positives

  • Price - Now available for less then £130 on the internet.
  • Force Feed Back - excellent feel for a wheel in this price range
  • Compatibility - compatible with PS3, PS4 and the PC, the TMX for XboxOne is also PC compatible.
  • Upgradeable - You can upgrade the pedals to T3PA or T3PA Pro's and add the TH8A shifter
  • Desk Clamp - Very solid, even at high loads found in DiRT Rally
Negatives
  • Look and Feel - Wheel rim looks and feels a little "toyish"
  • Pedals - Entry level pedal set not the best although there is some progression in the brake pedal, but the pedals can be upgraded.
Honest Bob's Rating 8/10


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