The Xbox 360 Wireless Speed Wheel is aimed at causal racing fans who want a bit more sensitivity than the standard Xbox 360 Controller S.
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My standard racing sim setup is bulky and heavy, but offers much more lifelike control than the Speed Wheel.
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However, the Speed Wheel's small size and easy setup are an advantage unto themselves.
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When holding the wheel, the user's left and right thumbs rest on the D-pad and Y/X/B/A button banks, respectively.
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In the center is the Xbox media button and the Start and Back buttons.
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On the back of the unit are the left and right triggers, but there are no shoulder button analogs to be found here.
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The Speed Wheel features a rumble function that is accompanied by a soft glow from LEDs hidden at the tips of the wheel's stalks.
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Like the Controller S, the Speed Wheel runs on a pair of AA batteries. However, there is no compatibility with the Charge & Play cable or the standard wired headset.
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On the tracks of Forza Motorsport 4, the Speed Wheel performed admirably. Sensitivity was good enough for casual racing fun.
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The Wireless Speed Wheel will retail for about $60 when it hits stores in late October.
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