13 September 2016
Thrustmaster T500RS Racing Wheel Review
First off let's go back to what I said about it being expensive because truthfully you'd have to be pretty into racing games and want as an authentic experience as possible to warrant purchasing a T500RS. Even though it's been over 5 years since initial release, prices start around £350 new or $600 in the US. However with the T500RS being a relatively old product, the second hand market should have a few used units for sale at cheaper prices but it's still a big investment for those wanting a physical wheel to play racers. Despite that, the T500RS does promise to be the best possible racing wheel on the market.
Next up is the pedals and both companies give you all metal pedals with an accelerator, brake and clutch, with the metal pedals giving a much better feeling to their plastic counterparts on the cheaper wheel sets. The T500 RS boasts an all metal construction on it's pedals with the G27/G29 having a plastic base with metal pedals. The shape of the pedals slightly differ between the wheels, the Logitech's are based on that of a road sports car whereas Thrustmaster's resemble that of a Formula 1 racing car (they can also be flipped to give you a GT racing car feel). Both the G29 and T500RS have gear stick attachments but they are optional extras so for the purpose of this review I'll ignore them.
So conclusion time, should you buy it? Well I will say the T500RS isn't a great starter wheel. By the time I got it I had worked my way up from a cheap Logitech DFGT which had plastic pedals and weaker feedback to a G27 and then the T500RS and after doing that I am sure if I got the T500RS first, I think I would have really struggled with the force feedback and the general feel of the wheel. I would recommend the T150 which is also made by Thrustmaster if you are just starting out on racing games like Gran Turismo or Project CARS as it is a lot cheaper and I've heard from other people it feels great for the price. However if you already own something like the G27 or one of Thrustmasters other cheaper wheels and want to upgrade then I would carefully consider the T500 RS. I would only go for it if you are fully prepared to pay the price, if you are even slightly doubting you might not get full use out of it I would not recommend it. Personally I have enjoyed owning the T500RS and regularly play the F1 games as well as Project CARS and because of it I am also anticipating new releases that support it such as GT Sport.