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  R440 Force Feedback Wheel
Words from the company:
Feel every corner or chicane you take with the Saitek Force Feedback driving experience driven by patented TouchSense™ technology. Stunning styling combined with unique ergonomic design offers fatigue-free gaming to all whom dare to drive. Plug in and Drive away with instant USB connection. Unique Gas and Brake pedal platform for precision foot control.

Features:

• TouchSense™ Technology
• 4 Wheel-mounted Buttons
• 2 Gearshift Paddles
• Gas and Brake Floor Pedals

Requirements:
PC Pentium 133MHz or higher with USB port
Microsoft Windows® 98, Me, 2000 and XP / DirectX® 8.1 compatible

The Review:
Just imagine racing down the back street and you punch the gas pedal, the power breaking the tires loose, as the car starts to shift sideways. That’s the feeling you get with the Saitek R440 Force Feedback Wheel.

I have used quite a few other force feedback steering wheels and found the R440 to be the best one with force feedback. It makes you feel like you’re actually in the game. The pedals feel better than most with the ability to gradually control the gas pedal and the styling is so much cooler than the other guys.

When I first installed the R440, and went to play a racing game, but the wheel wouldn’t show up in the game. After making sure the wheel worked with its own setup outside of the game, I reverted to removing my other USB game devices. After that the R440 worked fine, even after reinstalling those other devices.

One other complaint I had was the Important Notice decal on the USB cable. It says: ‘Warning: Handling the cord on this product will expose you to lead, a chemical known to the State of California to cause cancer and birth defects or other reproductive harm. Wash hands after handling’. Why use a cable like this for a game device? I have never seen this on others.

Conclusion:
A well put together product that outweighs the competition in cost and performance. I would recommend this R440 Force Feedback Wheel to anyone that really wants to get in the game.

Review ID Number: 403
  Product Details
Saitek
Review Date: 2004-02-28
Reviewer: Chad Laity
Rating: 7 out of 10
 
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