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SteelSeries Simraceway S1 Racing Wheel Review

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With input from experienced racing drivers, precision laser-mapped replicas of real tracks, and licensing of vehicles from the likes of McLaren, Bugatti, Ford, and Bently, Simraceway delivers to diehard fans of driving sims in a big way. SteelSeries has joined with Ignite Technologies to create a racing wheel like no other: The SRW-S1. Fine details such as brake balance adjustment, steering lock, and shift indicator LEDs make this device the perfect companion to world of Simraceway or other racing games of your liking. Let's take it for a spin shall we?

Overview

The Simraceway® SRW-S1 Steering Wheel co-developed with SteelSeries, provides a fully customizable driving experience where the steering, shift and pedal controls are in your hands on a free-standing, real-wheel design. The SRW-S1 will work with any major PC racing title*, but was specifically designed alongside some of the world’s top Indy Race Car drivers while using the Simraceway online racing platform. *Some functionality such as gear shift lights will operate only within the Simraceway game. Simraceway® SRW-S1 Steering Wheel key features include: 1. 15 fully programmable buttons and directional pad for a personalized set-up 2. Customizable steering sensitivity coupled with quick rotary dials for driving aids 3. Interactive in-game: RPM and Shift Indicator lights that respond to Simraceway online gameplay 4. Real-feel: Rubberized racing wheel comfort grips with realistic racing wheel shifters for true to life racing experience 5. Quick set-up: plug and play while racing in the online Simraceway platform.

 

Ready. Set. Race.

The Simraceway® S1 Steering Wheel is a high-performance, handheld PC racing wheel co-designed by SteelSeries and Ignite Technologies. The portable, motion-sensor wheel features a patented throttle and brake lever system that offers a fully simulated racing experience within hands reach. We’ve collaborated with and tested the SRW-S1 Wheel with top ranked Indy 500 race car drivers and Simracing World Champions.

 

Full Range

You can experience full-range acceleration and braking on the back of the S1 Wheel. The right paddle – for acceleration/throttle – allows you the ability to vary the amount of throttle input, from feathering to fully depressing it for maximum acceleration. The paddle on the left – for braking/stopping – allows you the ability to vary the amount of braking input from, feathering to fully depressing for full braking force.

 

What's Your Style?

The SRW-S1 wheel adapts to your driving style based on the way you steer. You’re going to do it in 1 of 3 ways: Over-steer, under-steer and neutral.

 

Over-Steer

Drivers who prefer over-steer like to have the rear of the car loose and the front dialed in. This allows drivers to use the throttle to correct their driving line or to use it to aid in steering. It also means there is more risk of losing control.

 

Under-Steer

Drivers who prefer under-steer like to have the rear of the car dialed in and the front loose. While it becomes harder to make a turn at higher speeds, it does provide stability and reduces the chances of losing control.

 

Neutral

Drivers who prefer a neutral setup like to have both the rear and the front of the vehicle dialed in. This allows drivers to compromise between over-steer and under-steer.

 

Get A Grip

The rubberized wheel grips have an ergonomic shape that allows you to keep a comfortable grasp to steer as you move around the controller to brake, accelerate, shift, look back, request a pit stop and everything else in order to drive and win.

 

Stay In Control

Everything you need, from brake balance controls to assist setting dials, are always in reach. No other wheel on the market combines this level of customization and functionality.

 

Brake Balance Control

Brake balance control (aka “brake bias”) allows you to change the brake balance to the front or rear of the vehicle. If a driver were to hit the brakes with a rear brake bias, he is more likely to spin out of control. However, if a driver were to hit the brakes with a front brake bias, his is more likely losing his ability to steer into a corner. A balance must be found. We have a button for that.

 

Total Flexibility

While the wheel comes preconfigured to operate seamlessly with Simraceway®, many of its controls can be customized*, so you can program them to match your driving – and gaming – preferences. Find out more about the simulated racing experience at www.simraceway.com.

 

In Your Hands

The wheel’s unique design means you can take it everywhere and use it anywhere. There are no pedal sets or bulky seats. The Simraceway S1 is a handheld joypad and wheel combined that brings a true-to-life race set-up to your laptop or desktop computer.

 

Plug-And-Race

Plug it in. Choose your game. Play. Sure, you can customize every button, but only if you want to. There is no complicated configuration required when used with Simraceway™ and most PC racing games.

 

Where To?

Everywhere. The Simraceway® S1 Steering Wheel can be used with all PC racing games including:

  • iRacing
  • Simraceway®
  • GTR
  • Live for Speed
  • DiRT
  • DiRT 2
  • GTR 2
  • Test Drive Unlimited
  • Need for Speed Shift
  • Need for Speed III: Hot Pursuit
  • Need For Speed Underground
  • Midnight Club 3 Dub Edition
  • Blur
  • + Any other PC racing game on the market.

Some features, including the Assists dials and the shift indicator LEDs, may not be compatible with certain titles.

 

Used By The Pros

The SRW-S1 Steering Wheel has been tested and approved by professional racing drivers including four-time IndyCar Series winner, Dario Franchitti and double Indy 500 Champion, the late, great and much missed, Dan Wheldon as well as SimRacing stars, David Greco and Bruno Marques.

 

Packaging

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The SRW-S1 comes with an instruction manual and a $10 Simraceway "curency card" to get you started out of the gate.  The box is mostly windowed to give you a good look at the unit, and the plastic inserts holding it in place inside the box have a suede-like coating on them, which caught me off guard at first.

 *Product information courtesy of SteelSeries.

 

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