Recently Entered Fanatec EcoSystem
Hey all, I recently entered the Fanatec world with a DD1, formula 2.5x (podium paddles), v3 pedals and shifter, I almost didn't. There is quite a large amount of negativity on here from disgruntled buyers that makes it seem like everyone who buys one immediately regrets it and I was pretty nervous while waiting for my purchase to arrive. Why did I go fanatec over the simucube or other systems? Cross platform, analogue axis on paddle, great variety of relatively inexpensive wheels and ease of use were my main drivers after watching a heap of reviews and reading forums the past few months. Here is my experience.
Ordered Sunday 29th all items arrived Monday 6th, I received all updates from Fanatec and Auspost via email so knew exactly where the order was. I followed the instructions to set everything up, installed the new paddles, brake performance kit and mounted everything in around 2 hours.
Putting the steering wheel onto the DD1 I followed the instructions, wound the nut until it touched (but doesn't compress) the rubber, put the wheel on then tightened and to my surprise none of the extreme play issues you see in reviews have occurred, be interested to see if it stays this way or if it's something that gets worse over time.
I plugged the wheel in and installed fanalab and the 442 beta drivers, firmware on all devices updated seamlessly. Calibrated everything and tested vibration motors, all working. To get going I followed recommended settings in iracing everything worked as I expected it to. Used the same settings in AC and found it to be a bad experience with lots of wheel oscillation etc, followed recommended settings and it all came good (shouldn't be surprised by that, but it shows what using the wrong settings can do).
As someone new to the brand I found it pretty easy to setup and it all worked well following the recommended settings that are easily accessible for each of my games in fanalab. My next step will be to push everything that bit harder and play with it to understand it more and find my own sweetspot with the equipment.
So far I've had no issues with any of the hardware and I haven't had to contact support at all so I have no comment on some of the other experiences, personally I'm hoping it stays that way and I hope anyone else who things didn't go as smoothly for gets their issues sorted.
To sum it all up I'm a buyer who found this all just worked and it's giving me a great sim experience so far, it's still early days so who knows if my views will change or not but I'll check back in with some updates once I've had more time. I'm sure there are other happy folk out there so give us a shout out and let me know the things you found really work for you in the journey of becoming a fanatec customer.
PS: If you're disgruntled and moved onto another brand I've probably already read your story on here I dont need to read it again