When Logitech announced its new PRO racing wheel and pedals in September, I was excited to try it out for myself. After running Logitech’s G920 setup for a number of years, this is the next logical upgrade for racers looking for more from their sim racing.
When the boxes first arrived it was obvious this was a serious piece of kit the size and weight was very different to other wheels and pedals I had used to date then came unpacking.
The steering wheel and pedals are packaged separately and I started with the steering wheel. Opening the box revealed beautiful glossy iconography, hinting at what lies beneath. The wheel is on the right and the base is on the left.
You’re then met with a simple setup card but honestly this all makes pretty sense you’ll need to power the base and the base needs to connect to the pedals but that’s a job for later now for the revelation.
Removing the wheel from its LogitechG-branded bag revealed a solid, professional-looking wheel. The muted grays and blacks are only interrupted by the color of the Xbox ABXY buttons and the blue rings around the new buttons at the bottom. Keen to explore, I did what many new owners will do, you pick it up, hold it like you’re racing, and keep pushing each of the buttons to see how they feel.
I immediately loved the feel of the wheel in the hand and although I knew there was a discovery to be made, I was immediately impressed with the new shifters on the back, offering a very mechanical and confident click when triggered.
I wanted to move on to the next phase, the quick release bracket on the back of the wheel. This is one of those obvious differences between entry or even mid level wheels and pro wheels, these can be removed from the base and this allows the rig to be used with types more wheels in the future (can’t wait for a full F1-style wheel).
The wheel is great and familiar, but better than the G920…so now on to the direct-drive base.
Lifting the base of the box and removing it from the G-bag, it was clear that this was where the lion’s share of the weight was. The base is substantial, hinting at the capabilities within.
Fitting the wheel to the base was a breeze and all that was left to do was remove the plastic protecting all the shiny surfaces and logos. The base also matches the muted black design, except for the bright red start button. Preparing to bolt the new wheel on a black-framed racing sim, it would blend in exceptionally well.
At the end of the wheelbase you’ll find an AC adapter, 3 USB-A ports, and oddly a micro-USB port (for pedals), straight out of 2005, apparently Logitech didn’t get the memo on the USB-C all in 2022. USB-A ports will connect to whatever device you want and I especially like that Logitech gives you options here to connect to PC and Xbox, without having to switch cables every time you switch devices.
The pedals are frankly ridiculous.
First, their size and scale really live up to the PRO brand, but then you take a look behind the scenes at the springs and pistons that provide adjustable pressure to your driving experience and you realize that Logitech doesn’t don’t play here.
It’s a subtle thing, but I like that they decided to make the adjustable knob on the brake cylinder the iconic Logitech G blue. It won’t be seen by anyone, but you know it’s there . In the box you also get some replacement springs, but I don’t expect to need them anytime soon.
Adjustability is excellent, with the ability to change pedals with just an alan key. Being labeled Pro isn’t just about price, it’s about functionality and customization, so being able to determine how your pedals are set up is definitely a key part of that.
It might not seem like a big deal, but the ample footrest on the pedals is definitely appreciated, it’s also finished in a nice texture to keep your heels from slipping in the middle of some furious footwork.
Bolt it to a sim
If you fall into the category, you might have to watch a simulator to bolt on this product, but luckily I already had a great one, Next Level Racing’s GT Track. After unbolting the G920 wheel, I learned the bolt holes for the wheel deck on my SIM card did not line up with the bolt holes on the bottom of the Logitech Pro wheelbase. Luckily Logitech includes a large sturdy clip that secures the base well to any surface and this technique worked on my setup.
In the second half of the equation the pedals were absolutely no problem, they bolted to the foot platform with no problem and the new setup actually required me to reconfigure my sitting position which improved the already comfortable position.
With the wheelbase closer to me than before, I was able to lower the chainstay support, and the angle at which that section slides down means the chainstay slides away from me. The net effect is a lower wheel position, allowing for a more natural angle for my arms.
After locking the position of the wheels the pedals were then much too close, but luckily the NLR GT Track has fantastic adjustability which meant that despite my size I was able to extend the position of the pedals further in front for a truly comfortable setup.
I certainly have a lot more racing to do before I write my full review, but my first race was on the Xbox Series X, through a number of racing titles. Forza Horizon 5, Forza 7, Dirt 5, Assetto Corsa and the newest, F1 2022.
What I learned from the race is that it is absolutely necessary that each game is informed that you are using a different configuration. The wheel has a different set of capabilities, so that shouldn’t be surprising, but it took some time to fine-tune the settings to get comfortable.
Once I had it dialed in, I fell in love with sim racing again (and that’s before I hooked it up to a PC).
The ability to feel the car much more precisely and seriously adjust how your pedals work gives you an incredibly better sim racing experience than the 920. The whole sim game is all about tricking your brain into believing that you’re behind the wheel of a car, but not just a car, lots of different cars and matching your hardware to the on-screen software experience really helps achieve that illusion.
The configuration on the wheel hub is accessed by the button next to the shift lights and here you can configure multiple profiles, perfect for multiple racers or different setups between F1 and GT titles.
All in all, there’s no doubt what Logitech has assembled here is a very compelling offering and I look forward to spending more time behind the wheel.