PROS / This wheel's force-feedback motors are particularly strong and convincing.
CONS / The pedal set seems a little flimsy for such an expensive wheel package.
VERDICT / Whether you enjoy casual racing or take your racing sims seriously, the T300RS is an excellent addition to your gaming setup.
Thrustmaster's T300RS is one of the best gaming steering wheels you can get for PlayStation systems and the PC. The wheel itself is well built, with solid construction and powerful force-feedback motors. The pedals aren't quite as impressive, coming off as a little bit flimsy, but they serve their purpose. The T300RS isn't perfect, but it does a lot of things right, not the least of which is its 1,080-degree steering sensitivity. For the T300RS' strong points, it earns our Top Ten Reviews Bronze Award.
While playing any racing game, you want to make sure that there are enough buttons on the wheel to give you full control. Some racing games give you many controls, like a hand brake, that you'll need to activate with a button press. Even more important than the number of buttons is ensuring that the buttons are placed in easy-to-reach areas so that you don't have to take your hands off of the wheel too often. The T300RS does well in both of these categories, giving you 13 buttons to work with, spread out in a logical and useful manner across the wheel.
You won't find an analog stick on this racing wheel. Instead, you'll need to use the built-in D-pad. This D-pad is excellent for navigating in-game menus. It can also be quite useful to map different in-game functions to the D-pad as well, for quick access.
With an 11-inch gaming steering wheel like the T300RS, you will feel like you're driving a real race car, as race cars often use smaller steering wheels than what you see in most people's day-to-day vehicles. What advantage does a smaller wheel give you? Quicker reactions. Essentially, when you turn a small wheel, the rotation translates into a larger turn than the same rotation on a large wheel. This is advantageous for most racing situations, though you do give up some fine control.
The T300RS' clamp is well built, and it should be enough to secure the wheel to most flat surfaces. And you want this racing wheel to be very secure. The force-feedback motors are strong enough to knock things around if the wheel isn't properly secured. Ideally, you'd put the T300RS on a mount specifically meant for force-feedback gaming steering wheels, but you don't have to. Just make sure that there's a good flat surface for you to attach the wheel to.
Even though the pedals don't seem to be built to the same quality standard as the wheel itself, they are configurable. You can adjust them to just about any position you want. If they seem to be too low for your liking, then you can move them up or down. You can also move them from side to side. This can go a long way toward making your gaming sessions more comfortable.
Help & Support
Thrustmaster has admirable support options available should you need them. You can contact its support team through email or by phone. The T300RS comes with a two-year warranty, which is excellent. That's plenty of time for you to notice any factory defects. Some wheels have three-year warranties, but they're rare. Most manufacturers actually give you shorter warranties.
While it may not be the very best gaming steering wheel you can get, the Thrustmaster T300RS is a strong contender and well worth your consideration. The strong force feedback helps you feel like you're driving a real race car, and the button layout makes sense. A somewhat disappointing pedal set and lack of some features, like a clutch or stick shift, sour the deal a little bit, but none of those are definite deal breakers.