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Pros: Cost. Worked well for 20 races.
Cons: Terrible quality.after approx. 20 races the left shifter stopped working.
Other Thoughts: Just went to RMA and its non-refundable. Awesome. I guess I'll replace it and pay$xxx.xx for shipping to race another 20 races.
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Good wheel for it's price
Pros: The legendary Thrustmaster is at it again with their new official Ferrari licensed wheel. First, I would like to give this 5 eggs for being quite possibly the most attractive wheel on the planet. This wheel is slick, feels great, and I love the shiny Ferrari logo. Everything about it for under 100 bucks is just great. Surely the 458 Italia doesn't match up to it's bigger brother, the T500 RS, however; have you seen the price on that bad boy? If you don't have a big (enough) wallet, this wheel is PERFECT for you. For under 100 bucks, what can go wrong, especially when you have a name like "FERRARI" behind it? I give this one and only Ferrari 458 Italia wheel 5 eggs, regardless of it's cons. I do think that you should read the cons though, that way you won't be surprised by anything.
Cons: OK, you spend less than 100 bucks on a wheel by Thrustmaster, the company who practically started the racing wheel market, plus you're buying a product licensed by Ferrari. This wheel is a great product, but I do think that you should know a few things first. I for one, bought this wheel because it doesn't have force feedback. Every FFB (Force Feedback) wheel I have had, the motors always burn out, or the optical sensor for the motor goes out, and now I end up with a product that doesn't calibrate itself anymore. The Thrustmaster 458 Italia renders this potential problem into a non-existant issue, allowing the wheel to last much longer than most FFB wheels on the market today. I wouldn't even consider this a con, but it might be a con to you, and if it is, perhaps buy your own motors and customize this wheel and turn it into the DIY (Do it Yourself) masterpeice that you wish this great product to be. You'll have a great wheel rim on that DIY project of yours btw :)
Other Thoughts: Thrustmaster is a great racing wheel manufacterer, and I'm happy to see that Ferrari agrees with me on this proven fact. I have owned many many FFB wheels in my past, and they all end up breaking. I plan on customizing this wheel myself just FYI, and I plan on using robust industrial motors instead of cheesey RC motors like you see in virtually every other wheel on the market. Fanatec uses them, Logitech does, and so does Microsoft wheels (at least the ones with FFB.) This wheel doesn't, and neither does the T500 RS. If you need a product that will last, and you don't want to RMA your wheel after about a month, when you see the motors arcing, smoke coming out of the wheel chassis / case, then get this wheel, the Thrustmaster 458 Italia. If you need something higher end, go with the T500 RS and don't settle for less. This wheel is perfect for a small budget, and I bought this with my $100 VISA gift card that I received for Christmas. Good luck doing so with something else.
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“The legendary Thrustmaster is at it again with their new official Ferrari licensed wheel. First, I would like to give this ...”— NTULinux 1/15/2012
“Terrible quality.after approx. 20 races the left shifter stopped working.”— 2/25/2012