High Hopes but so far not really living up to the hype
25 April 2014
Summary: I will revise this review as I see fit. It is 25APR14 and I am writing the initial assessment right now. Background: I've own a G25 for 7 years now and I play Sims on and off during that time frame. Recently I've got back into sim racing playing primarily Gran Prix Legends (GPL) and Live for Speed (LFS). G25 was getting dated and I felt like I should upgrade.
Summary: I bought the Thrustmaster T500RS to play Gran Turismo 5 on my PS3. Now don't get me wrong, this is a fine wheel that deserves all the wonderful things most people say about it. That said, beware: Thrustmaster regularly updates the drivers for this wheel, but you can only upload them through Windows on a PC - you can't do it with a Mac.
Summary: The wheel is great -- provides great feedback and mounts easily to my racing cockpit via bolts that fit in holes on my mount. However -- for $500 I would hope for better pedals, because the pedals are really what make the difference. These pedals are nicely constructed, but provide no feel. For $50 less I was able to get the Fanatec CSR wheel and the Clubsport V2 pedals. The CSR wheel is about 90% as good as the T500RS, but the pedals are 300% better.
Great workmanship, but who's in charge of Quality Control?
23 September 2011
Summary: EDITED Sept 25th Issued RMA with Amazon at 11 PM Thursday night. Friday they shipped another one with Saturday Delivery. New unit works works great. AMAZON.COM IS AMAZING. Still waiting on UPS to pick up defective unit on Monday. I give Amazon 5 of 5, thrustmaster Quality 2 of 5, Thrustmaster 3 or 5 (they did reply to my inquiry, but just incomparable to Amazon! /EDIT Sept 5th I read a bunch of reviews before ordering the T500 RS and crossed my fingers.
Summary: This item was wrongly ordered by myself! I thought I had contacted Amazon soon enough (The same night I ordered I advised of the mistake!) but it had shipped. It turns out Thrustmaster has two steering wheels very similar......but NOT the same.....be careful if YOU do the same thing!? Anyway, Amazon had it returned the same time and I ordered it from someone else....a competitor!
Excerpt: На самом деле руль хороший, но своих денег не стоит совсем. да В GT5 он работает отменно, но в остальных играх он проявляет себя середнячком. вообще за эти деньги советовал бы брать Fanatec Porsche TURBO S - дизайн порше и немецкое качество, высококачественая кожа, дисплей, КПП,Вибрация педалей (например при АБС) и несчитанное количество приятных мелочей.. Так что не поленитесь, закажите немецкое чудо за теже деньги.
Pros: Легко купить, отлично работает с GT5, удобная баранка. довольно неплохой фидбек
Cons: цена, качество сборки. отсутствие КПП при наличии педали сцепления. сложно крепить к столу, пару раз были проблемы с подключением данных рулей на мероприятии. Занимает много места.