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SteelSeries Simraceway SRW-S1 Steering Wheel review

Letting driving sim gamers take the wheel...

Our Verdict

For

  • 15 buttons
  • Customisable
  • Good build quality
  • Comfortable

Against

  • No axis
  • Arms could get tired using it for long periods
  • No force feedback

Subtle the SteelSeries Simraceway SRW-S1 Steering Wheel certainly isn't. Taking its cues more from the professional steering wheels found in Formula 1 cars than from your average Skoda, this wheel is awash with buttons and dials.

It's aimed at racing simulation enthusiasts rather than the more casual arcade racing games. This is why it comes with the free to play Simraceway racing sim, rather than Mario Kart or Destruction Derby.

The SteelSeries SRW-S1 Steering Wheel isn't attached to an axle or base. Instead you hold it out in front of you and steer. While this works fine, and the steering itself is very accurate, it doesn't feel quite as good as a fixed wheel that comes with haptic feedback.

Those subtle vibrations from other gaming wheels when you're nearing the edge of the road, or the resistance you feel when turning a wheel, all combine to make for a much more immersive and enjoyable experience - something the SteelSeries Simraceway SRW-S1 Steering Wheel lacks.

Verdict

The fact that it's not clamped to a desk does make it far more convenient, and the multiple buttons and dials - that can be used for racing games other than Simraceway - are excellent. But we feel that it misses out on being the ultimate gaming steering wheel due to lack of feedback.

Tech Specs

Product TypeGaming Steering Wheel
Connectivity TechnologyCable
Brand NameSteelSeries
Platform SupportedPC
Compatibility
  • iRacing
  • F1 2011
  • Simraceway
  • GTR
  • Live for Speed
  • DiRT
  • DiRT 2
  • GTR 2
  • Test Drive Unlimited
  • Test Drive Unlimited 2
  • Need for Speed Shift
  • Need for Speed III: Hot Pursuit
  • Need For Speed Underground
  • Midnight Club 3 Dub Edition
  • Blur
ManufacturerSteelSeries ApS
Product ModelSWR-S1
Product NameSWR-S1 Gaming Steering Wheel
Manufacturer Part Number69005
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.steelseries.com
Marketing Information

The Simraceway SRW-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.

Buttons & Controls14 x Programmable Button, Select Button, D-pad