Racing like a pro: five affordable PC racing wheels tested

Five PC steering wheels tested

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Speedlink Drift O.Z. Racing Wheel

The most affordable racing wheel in this review comes from Speedlink. The Drift O.Z. Racing Wheel is available for around £45 / € 55, quite a bit less than the 458 Italia from Thrustmaster. The Drift O.Z. does not have force feedback, but does have 15 buttons, a stick shift and two pedals. Despite the low price, it's difficult to be positive about this product. In so many areas you can see Speedlink cut corners in order to keep the price low. The pedals are designed in such a way that it's difficult to accurately give gas and break, due to the extendable part intended to be a foot rest. That hinge keeps moving when you're braking and speeding up, reducing the accuracy. Both pedals also have the same amount of resistance, while it should be much heavier for the brake.

The steering wheel itself stays put on your desk by means of suction cups, instead of the clamps used by the other racing wheels. That makes it so the wheel will move slightly, and if you're a very intense driver with strong sudden jerks of the wheel, it can come loose. The wheel is a bit unergonomic in how steep the angle is facing upward. The wheel appears to be centered by two simple springs. They don't provide much resistance, and turning the wheel is fairly noisy. The racing wheel is covered in a smooth plastic material, that pretty quickly starts feeling sweaty under your hands. Despite the fact that we like very affordable things, we cannot recommend the Speedlink Drift O.Z. even for that low price.

Speedlink Drift O.Z. Racing Wheel

Speedlink Drift O.Z. Racing Wheel

Speedlink Drift O.Z. Racing Wheel


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