- Stronger than expected force feedback
- Quiet during use
- Shifter and pedals included
- Compatible with all consoles
- Steering wheel a little too small
- Paddle shifters feel sloppy
- Not enough resistance on brake pedal
- Low build quality, particularly on H-pattern shifter
PXN may not be the first name you think of when it comes to sim racing. But they have actually been around the sim racing space for a little while. They already have a lineup of five sim racing wheels, and the V10 is the newest of the bunch.
So, is this racing wheel actually one of sim racing’s best-kept secrets, and is the V10 the best budget-friendly racing wheel you’ve never heard of? Let’s find out.
PXN V10 Video Review
What is the PXN V10?
So I want to start by saying that this wheel was sent to us for review. But as with all of the reviews we create, this will have absolutely no impact on the outcome of our review.
The PXN V10 is a complete sim racing bundle. It consists of everything you need to go sim racing right away. You get a wheel base with its own mounting platform, a steering wheel which is detachable. You also get a full three-pedal set and a H-pattern shifter.
So from the outset, things are looking pretty good. There aren’t many bundles on the market that include this much equipment in a single product.
The force feedback is driven via a series of gears much like the older Logitech G923. But when compared to the G923, the motor inside the V10 is much stronger and is capable of producing up to 3.2Nm of torque.
And one other cool thing about this wheel, other than the amount of equipment, is its compatibility. Most companies struggle to create a single racing wheel that is compatible with every console.
That is why we have the CSL DD and GT DD Pro, or two variants of the Logitech Pro Racing Wheel. Essentially these are the same products but each one is only compatible with one console. The CSL DD with Xbox and the GT DD Pro with PlayStation.
However, PXN has seemingly cracked the code. This V10 racing wheel is compatible with both PlayStation and Xbox consoles as well as PC. You can hook it straight up to either console via its single USB cable, and it will just work.
And let’s take a look at the price point of the V10. The best place to buy this wheel seems to be Amazon, with PXN’s own website pointing to an Amazon listing. It is currently available for around £330 and $330.
That puts it at around the same price as the Logitech G923, but around £100/$80 more expensive than the much older G29 and G920.
That represents pretty good value if you ask me, especially considering you receive a H-pattern shifter in this bundle as well.
The Design of the PXN V10
So now let’s take a look at what the V10 actually looks like, and the functionality you get.
The wheel base itself has a slightly odd design approach, but it’s an approach I quite like. The wheel base itself is small, but it comes pre-mounted to a mounting plate as standard. This allows the wheel base to easily be mounted onto a sim rig or wheel stand.
The reason I like this is that the plate that the wheel base is pre-mounted to features a much wider array of mounting holes than you’d normally find on any wheel base.
The front of the base also features a nice lip, allowing you to easily push it up to the edge of a table or desk. And there are two mounting clamps included allowing this to easily be mounted to a desk without the need for any screws.
Around the back are a series of connection ports allowing for the pedals and shifter to be connected. It’s here you’ll also find the power supply and USB to connect to your console. There is also a manual switch that changes the steering lock from 270° to 900°.
The design of the actual wheel base is pretty slick, and it’s one of the nicer-looking wheel bases I’ve come across. It looks clean, modern and fresh.
And the same can be said about the steering wheel. It has a clean no fuss approach. The first thing I noticed about this wheel was just how lightweight it is. It comes detached from the wheel base as standard, so it’s the first thing you’ll take out of the box.
Weighing in at just 570 grams, this is by far the lightest steering wheel I’ve ever used. The wheel has a pretty slender design and is constructed entirely from plastic, and both of these elements lead to the super lightweight approach.
The hand grip is wrapped in a synthetic suede material and feels pretty nice to hold. I’m not sure how well this will hold up over time if not racing with gloves, as suede materials do tend to wear worse than leather or rubber. But after a fair amount of use on the rig, mine still looks brand new.
On the face of the wheel are a series of 13 push buttons, which is about standard. Each button has a pretty short range of travel, and each feels nice to activate.
And that is more than can be said about the paddle shifters. This is probably my biggest dislike about this steering wheel. Both shifters have a nice audible click when activating which is good, but they have a really long throw. The shifters travel over an inch to reach their final destination, which is way too far.
Also, the activation of each shift happens about halfway through that travel. Once you hear the click, you can still pull the shifter another 10mm or so. This also leads to another problem, which is that the shifters hit the rear of my fingers when racing.
Every time I pulled a shift, I would hit the rear of the remaining fingers that were still on the wheel. This was actually kind of painful after a long race, and forced me to adjust my driving style. I ended up shifting with all of my fingers, rather than leaving some on the wheel, which was far from ideal.
Underneath the shifters are a couple of dual-clutch paddles which feel much nicer to use.
Finally, on the rear of the wheel rim, there is a manual quick release. This allows the wheel rim to be fully detached and is controlled using a screw mechanism.
The pedals are a full three-pedal set, which are eerily similar to the Thrustmaster T-LCM pedals. Much like the steering wheel, this pedal set is incredibly light due to the entire set being constructed from plastic.
They feature a little bit of adjustability, although not the same amount that you’d find on more premium products. You can adjust the springs at the rear of each pedal using a manual plastic screw mechanism. and you can also adjust the pedal plate positioning.
As mentioned, each pedal features a spring at the rear, and this is what gives each pedal its resistance. The resistance is pretty linear, but I’ll talk more about that in the performance review.
On the rear, you have a couple of connection ports, and there are some mounting holes underneath, which allow you to mount the pedals to your rig pretty easily.
The included H-pattern shifter is a nice touch, and overall it looks pretty par for the course. Much like the other elements in this bundle, the shifter is primarily constructed from plastic. And there is a clamp at the back to mount it to your sim rig or table.
Much like the pedals, PXN seems to have looked in Thrustmaster’s direction when designing this shifter. The shape and design is very reminiscent of the TH8A, but that’s not a bad thing.
There are a couple of buttons towards the rear of the shifter labelled parking brake and lo/hi. These can be programmed in games where they are required, and give the shifter a little extra functionality.
When it comes to performance and gameplay, this bundle handles itself well in general.
Steering wheel and force feedback
The force feedback that is created from the 3.2Nm gear-driven wheel base is decent and is a nice step up in terms of power and strength from its main gear-driven competitor, the G923. Logitech G923 produces just over 2Nm of torque, which allows this V10 wheel to feel very powerful in comparison.
The general forces that were produced are strong, and there is a good amount of resistance when throwing your car into a turn. I would have preferred a little more wheel dampening in the wheel as it does feel quite light when you’re throwing the wheel about.
This is less to do with the weight of the steering wheel itself, and more to do with the force feedback. When correcting slides or oversteer moments, I felt like I didn’t have the accuracy to catch the car as well as with the G923. And that is due to the lack of resistance during these moments.
I’m going to be making the comparison to the Logitech G923 wheel a lot here, as that really is this wheel’s direct competitor. But much like that wheel, you really can feel the gears doing their thing.
The major downside of a gear-driven racing wheel is the mechanical feeling of the gears making contact. There are also some moments where the whole wheel base feels like it’s going to shake itself apart.
These moments are again down to the gears and only happen in heavy force feedback moments. This sensation can be minimised by dialling in some of the force feedback settings either in-game or on the wheel base directly.
And while a lot of the negatives of using gears are present here, the accompanying sound isn’t. The V10 sounded a lot quieter than the G923 during operation allowing me to focus more on the racing.
While there is a slight lack of resistance and loss of detail due to the gear technology, the force feedback is still decent. It has a surprising amount of pure strength for its tiny size, and you could really learn to feel how your car reacts to the road.
The pedals feel OK to use at best. With the ability to adjust the strength of the springs, you could make each pedal feel different. Although out of the box, the throttle and clutch feel almost the same.
There isn’t too much if any progression in each pedal. But without a secondary damper, this is to be expected. And what is refreshing is that the brake pedal is much more accessible than with the G923. The brake with the G923 is incredibly stiff, opting for a heavy feel.
While the brake pedal in the PXN V10 is much lighter. You can dial up the resistance slightly using the adjustment screw. But even at its highest setting, the brake feels relatively light. This is both a good and a bad thing.
Even at its strongest resistance setup, I found all three pedals to be way too light for me. I struggled for quite a while both under braking and acceleration to adjust to the lightness of these pedals. But after some time I was able to achieve a fairly competent level of skill using this pedal set.
But, on the other hand, the light feeling of all three pedals makes this pedal set extremely accessible and usable for a wide range of racers.
The included shifter is a nice touch. Each shift has a relatively short throw which gives it a nice sporty feeling, although I would have preferred a slightly longer shifter arm.
This shifter is rather similar in terms of performance to the Logitech G923 shifter, and is certainly more on the side of toy rather than sim. Each shift feels OK to activate, although there could have been a lot more resistance included.
The shifts feel a little bit light and you can knock the shifter out of gear very easily. The shifter is a 6 pattern + reverse and the reverse gear is accessed by pushing the shifter down and into sixth gear.
Overall, this is a nice addition. And with a little extra resistance and a longer shifter arm, this could have been very good.
When it comes to adjustability, the PXN again takes a fairly unique approach. Instead of having to download additional software to your PC, you simply download a mobile app. This connects to your wheel and allows you to adjust a variety of settings.
You can change the force feedback strength along with a few other options. This is appreciated and is something missing from a few competitor products if racing on a console.
There is also the adjustability in the pedals which is also something rarely found on products within this price range. And of course, there is the quick release on the wheel base. Although there aren’t currently any other PXN steering wheels available, I presume there will be some in the future to make use of this quick release.
Compatibility with different consoles is excellent with full support for PlayStation 4 and 5, all modern Xbox consoles and PC. Although compatibility within PXN’s own products is lacking at this moment in time.
There are no other wheel rims as I just mentioned and you can’t use this product with any of PXN’s other products currently. If you are racing on PC, you do have the option of using the pedals and gear shifter with racing wheels from other brands as they can be directly connected to your PC.
Cons of the PXN V10
As you’ve probably picked up on now, this wheel does have a few drawbacks that I’ve already mentioned.
My main issue with this wheel bundle is both the shifter paddles and an overall feeling of a lack of quality in the materials used.
Starting with the shifters, they don’t feel great to use. There is a lot of travel, and additional play in the shifters after you have activated them. And the fact that they hit your fingers during use is pretty unacceptable. Simply moving the shifters a little further away from the wheel rim or preventing the additional travel would solve this issue.
Then, looking at the materials in use, there is a lot of plastic on show. Adding a little bit of metal here or there, much as Logitech does, would increase the build quality massively.
And one area where this is very apparent is with the H-pattern shifter. The whole shifter is constructed from plastic, and it certainly feels more toy-like than something a serious sim racer would choose to race with.
Should you buy the PXN V10?
So now I’m going to move on to whether I would recommend this wheel. And you know what, I was actually impressed with the equipment on offer. There is a lot to like with the PXN V10, from the sheer amount of equipment included to the stronger-than-expected force feedback.
As an entry-level racing wheel, the V10 performs very well. I would say it holds up against budget offerings from Logitech and Thrustmaster in its overall performance. But it lacks a little polish and overall build quality.
While the PXN V10 does feel more like a toy rather than a serious racing wheel, it does give a remarkably better experience than super-entry level racing wheels such as the Hori Apex.
It includes everything you need to go sim racing on any console, for a relatively low price, and if that tickles your fancy. Then the V10 may just be worth picking up.