RGTFFBclutchProduct800x600 [lr] [lrsm]A few weeks ago when I was getting ready to review the Evolution from Playseats I was on the hunt to find a Steering wheel to test with it. Thrustmaster was kind enough to send their RGT Force Feedback Clutch out to use with it. After a few weeks of pretending I'm the Stig I was finally able to pull myself away long enough to do some work. After all they didn't just send it to me for me to have fun.

Product Name: Thrustmaster RGT Force Feedback Clutch

Review Sample Provided by: Thrustmaster

Review by: Wes

Pictures by: Wes

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Specifications/Features

Exclusive "5 axes" modes

Axe 1 : Wheel

Axe 2 : Accelerator

Axe 3 : Brake

Axe 4 : Clutch or Left cockpit progressive view

Axe 5 : Handbrake or right cockpit progressive view

Function buttons on wheel

10 actions buttons (with 14 locations)

Navigation Cross button (To customize your vehicle)

Twin wheel-mounted progressive levers + twin wheel-mounted sequential levers

Exclusive Force button on the wheel

2 “Sequential Shifter System” options (choose between "Rally" or "GT" styles)

Sequential gearshift stick (new life-size handle!)

2 new reinforced wheel-mounted sequential levers

Other Features

Oversized rubber-textured wheel

+ 270° turning angle

Metal axis + ball-bearing steering mechanism

Mixed belt pulley and gears system (for a smooth and ultra-silent Force Feedback mechanism)

Large and sturdy clamping system

System requirements

PC USB (USB1 or USB 2)

Windows 98 SE, ME, 2000, XP or Vista

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Packaging

Thrustmaster focused on showing off the wheel on the packaging of the RGT Force Feedback Clutch. With large pictures of the wheel on the front and even a full sized picture of the pedels on top you can get a good idea of what you are buying just by taking a look at the packaging. Along with the pictures they included a diagram pointing out all of the important features. Inside everything was packed tightly into the box with cardboard to keep it safe and sound.

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Installation

Setting up the RGT Force Feedback Clutch was a little more in-depth than just plugging it in. Attaching the steering wheel was easy, the included desk clamp tightens up with one crank. Using the pedals at your desk doesn't require any mount or clamp, the rubber feat should hold it in place. Wiring everything up included hooking up a USB plug to the pc, a power plug to the wall and into the wheel, and hooking the wheel , pedals, and shifter with a cable with a switch in between. With everything plugged in all that was left was to install the included software, the install went without any issues.

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Performance

In order to judge how the RGT Force Feedback Clutch works I had to play some racing games. I decided to test it out with Grid, it was grueling work having to play racing games for work but I survived ;). In game I found the pedals to have good resistance.  The wheel's rubber coating was very grippy even after long periods of game play with sweaty hands.

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The front of the wheel has 7 buttons and a directional pad. The four buttons on the right side are very useful, but the three buttons on the bottom are so far out of the way during game play they aren't very useful. On the back side of the wheel there are up and downshift levers along with analog levers on each side for acceleration and breaking if you desire to use them instead of the pedals. The force feedback could be adjusted in the software and in game from almost nothing at all to being so strong you can hardly hang on to the wheel. I found that it worked the best for me set at just below the half way point, any higher and effected my control.

IMG_5262 [lr] Considering the quality of the steering wheel I found the gear shifter or poor quality. It basically felt like holding a hollow piece of plastic that was painted silver. I would like to see an H pattern for the shifter similar to what the G25 has to help make it more realistic.

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Overall

When used in combination with the Playseats Evolution, Thrustmaster's RGT Force Feedback Clutch was very impressive. The wheels force feedback pulls you into the race and keeps you there. The wheel itself is of good quality, even slamming it around I had no worries of breaking it. The shifter on the other hand had questionable quality and lacked the H pattern layout needed to make the experience realistic. Overall I found that the RGT Force Feedback Clutch falls below the performance of the G25 from Logitech,  but considering it comes in at around half the price it is definitely a good option for someone looking to enhance their racing experience.

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Author Bio
garfi3ld
Author: garfi3ldWebsite: http://lanoc.org
Editor-in-chief
You might call him obsessed or just a hardcore geek. Wes's obsession with gaming hardware and gadgets isn't anything new, he could be found taking things apart even as a child. When not poking around in PC's he can be found playing League of Legends, Awesomenauts, or Civilization 5 or watching a wide variety of TV shows and Movies. A car guy at heart, the same things that draw him into tweaking cars apply when building good looking fast computers. If you are interested in writing for Wes here at LanOC you can reach out to him directly using our contact form.

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