- Great value for money
- Very good build quality
- High quality materials used
- Nice steering wheel design
- Clunky gear driven force feedback
- Wheel can shake in some games
- Can hear the gears interacting
- Lacks some inputs from the G29
Update – The newer Logitech G923 has been released and improved on the G920. Read our review of the Logitech G923, to see how it compares to the G920.
Logitech has always been at the forefront when it comes to producing the best cheap racing wheels. They’ve often set the standard with their range of G25, G27 and G29 wheels, and are always highly recommended.
The Logitech G29 and G920 era is the most recent complete redesign. Although it has been surpassed by the newer Logitech G923 racing wheel. That wheel makes some improvements but keeps the design the same.
In this Logitech G920 review, I’m going to put this budget racing wheel through its paces to see if it is still worth buying, all these years after its original release.
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What exactly is the Logitech G920 racing wheel?
The Logitech G920 is the descendant of the much older G27. Logitech tends to redesign its racing wheels and modernise them every few years, and the G29 and G920 era is the latest redesign.
The G920 feature very similar gear-driven internal technology to older wheels, and this is responsible for producing the force feedback. Inside the racing wheel is a small motor that creates the force feedback. It is then sent through a series of gears to translate it to the force you feel in the steering wheel.
What’s different between the Logitech G29 and G920
With this generation of racing wheels, Logitech decided to produce two individual racing wheels, the G29 and G920. Both racing wheels feature the same internal technology, however they look different externally. The reason for the two racing wheels is due to compatibility with both PlayStation and Xbox consoles.
Logitech couldn’t produce a single racing wheel that was compatible with both consoles due to different compatibility requirements. This means two individual racing wheels need to be produced, one that works with PlayStation consoles and another that is compatible with Xbox consoles.
That also led to the difference in the design of both racing wheels. I’ll talk about this more in my design review below.
The Logitech G920 design
The design of the G920 has been modernised in a really good way compared to the older G27. The wheel features much higher quality materials with perforated leather hand grips and a metal faceplate. The design itself resembles a real aftermarket steering wheel, and I believe Logitech has done a great job in coming up with this overall aesthetic.
The racing wheel itself consists of a large wheel base that is constructed entirely from plastic. This isn’t a surprise at this price range and is commonplace across many budget racing wheels.
The wheel base features a clean swooping design that slopes away from the steering wheel. This allows for good visibility of your monitor as you peer through the gap in the steering wheel. It also lets you mount a monitor directly over the wheel base if you want to.
Mounting the G920
There is an in-built mounting system built in which works pretty well. The underside features two clamps that can be loosened or tightened using two rotating elements on the top of the wheel. Once you tighten the wheel so it’s securely mounted to your racing cockpit or desk, you can lock it in place. I really like this method of mounting and my G920 remained locked in place without budging.
Steering wheel design
As mentioned, the steering wheel utilises metal and leather to produce a high-quality feeling product. The design is simple, yet modern, intending to replicate a real-world steering wheel. You have a centralised hub that brandishes the Logitech G logo, and this is surrounded by a series of push buttons.
On the rear of the wheel are two paddle shifters, and again, they are constructed from metal which adds to the high-quality feel. You’ll also find another piece of metal at the top of the wheel rim which is used as a center point while racing.
Design differences between G920 and G29
If you do compare both the Logitech G29 and G920 next to each other, you’ll notice a few design differences in the steering wheel. The G29 features a few additional buttons and inputs, as well as a set of rev lights. The reason these have been removed from the G920 is that they simply wouldn’t work on Xbox consoles.
Logitech decided to completely remove them from the Xbox-compatible G920, as I’d presume this would save manufacturing costs. And in turn, can make this wheel a little cheaper for the consumer to buy. Although it is a shame that these features couldn’t be made functional for Xbox sim racers.
The pedals remain the same across both the G29 and G920, and they are a decent set of budget sim racing pedals. You get metal pedal plates that are paired with a plastic chassis. You also get a complete three-pedal set which is rare at this price point.
All pedals come with a spring behind them which offers little resistance. This is commonplace with budget sim racing pedals. Although these pedals have been around for a little while now, which means there are third-party mods you can buy to improve the feel of the brake pedal in particular.
How does the Logitech G920 perform?
In terms of the performance of the Logitech G920, it performs pretty well given its price. This is a racing wheel that is only £/$100 more than the Apex Hori which features zero force feedback at all. And it can often be found for less money than that.
With the G920, you get around 2.3Nm of peak torque, which is the maximum strength that the force feedback can reach. This is more than enough for you to feel just how your car is reacting in game. You will feel the weight of the car as you turn into a corner, and the wheel will react as you lose grip or hit bumps.
While the strength of force feedback and even the clarity and detail produced are good at this price range, you do occasionally feel the internal gears. You can often hear them moving and occasionally feel a clicking or grinding sensation. This can’t be helped when using gear-driven force feedback, but is something to be aware of.
The wheel can also be a bit noisier than some more premium racing wheels. Again, a lot of this is due to the gears. Internally there are a few gears that are always moving and interacting with each other, so it isn’t a surprise that you can occasionally hear them.
The Logitech G920 is compatible with Xbox One and Xbox Series S|X consoles and most racing games support it. This means that with most racing games, you’ll be able to connect your G920 to your console and it will be instantly recognised in game. You shouldn’t have to change any settings to get things working.
It is also compatible in the same way with a PC. Simply plug it in, download the Logitech G Hub software so that your PC recognises your wheel, and away you go.
You can’t use any other steering wheels with the G920 as it isn’t detachable, well not officially anyway. You can manually unbolt the steering wheel and use a wheel rim mod with the G920, although, this will almost certainly void any warranty.
You also can’t use any other pedals with this wheel. You can however attach an additional shifter which Logitech sell separately. This connects to the rear of the wheel base and can be mounted in a similar way to the wheel base.
Conclusion: Should you buy a G920?
Overall, the Logitech G920 may be a wheel that is coming up to 10 years old, but it is still produced and sold by Logitech and remains one of the best value racing wheels in sim racing. It offers great performance given its price and the build quality is really unmatched by its competitors.
The Logitech G920 makes for one of the best entry-level racing wheels. If you’re thinking of trying sim racing for the first time, this is a great entry point.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why is the Logitech G29 and G920 different?
The G29 is a PlayStation-compatible racing wheel while the G920 is Xbox compatible. The G920 also has fewer inputs on the wheel due to issues with Xbox compatibility.
Is the Logitech G920 worth buying?
The Logitech G920 and the G29 are both excellent budget racing wheels, and I’d highly recommend them as anyone’s first adventure into sim racing.
Should I buy the G29 or G920?
If you race on a PC, I would always recommend buying the Logitech G29 as it has more features than the G920. However, if you race on Xbox, you need to buy the G920 as the G29 isn’t compatible.