I love Sim Racing. Ive been racing in the community for a better part of a decade. When I heard that the steering wheels, pedals and the works finally caught up and were good I was super excited. I did weeks of research finding out the strengths and weakness's of all the available products. Of course Fanatec topped the list everywhere. So I saved a bit of dough and got myself a rather nice setup for a 1st timer. I got the CSL Elite Playstation, the CSW V3 Pedals, Xbox universal hub, a rim and the SQ v1.5 shifter. I got a next level racing GT Sport chassis to put everything on.
My experience...... The CSL elite works flawlessly. Its more powerful and smoother than all the other brands out there. (i have not tried sim cube) The pedals work flawlessly. They feel nice and have loads of adjustability. The wheel does what you'd expect a wheel to do. The Shifter is absolutely garbage. As a matter of fact its so bad my setup has done more sitting and collecting dust than it has driving. Just because the useless hunk of metal that is the shifter. Its so bad Ive considered never upgrading, purchasing or even using a sim race setup ever again. There is no fix for it. There is no amount of tinkering to get it to work. Its literally made my entire experience with this type of equipment terrible. I personally think if your going to produce a more expensive piece of kit than your competitors it better well work. which it never did not on day 1, not on year 1, never. I see Fanatec is releasing all sorts of new equipment. Yet they still have this hunk of garbage. Why would you ever buy anything new from them if they cant even fix an old piece of equipment that to my knowledge they still offer. Im sorry if this review is scathing but its the truth. I spent nearly 2k on this equipment and have used it in total less than a week. How am I supposed to drive if I don't have a shifter. Also don't tell me that there's paddle shifters because everyone here knows exactly what I mean.
Edited for spelling.