If you’re looking for a cheap way to enjoy your racing games more, the Genius Speed Wheel 3 MT is the peripheral for you.

Genius's Speed Wheel 3 MT is a USB racing wheel aimed at PC users who’ve grown tired of using a keyboard to race, and are looking for something to help immerse them in their game of choice. Needless to say, buying a peripheral dedicated to one specific genre of gaming is normally reserved for the enthusiast only - one who wants an experience as close to real life as possible.

At first glance there is nothing extraordinary about the speed wheel. The construction isn’t ideal, the wheel has a tendency to be too sensitive in most games, the suction pads that are meant to hold the wheel in place might as well not be there, and the rear buttons are inaccessible to those with short fingers. In fact, when comparing lap times in Need for Speed: Undercover and TrackMania Nations Forever, on average, the times are three to five seconds slower. All of this should seal the Speed Wheel 3 MT’s fate as a device to avoid. And yet, it doesn’t… because I’m still playing. Paying little attention to the above gripes, using the wheel is actually a joy: NFS: Undercover was a lot more fun the second time around, and it’s all thanks to this little wheel.

So, if you are a racing enthusiast andare looking to upgrade your existing wheel, this shouldn’t be your first choice. However, if you’re looking for a cheap way to enjoy your racing games more, the Genius Speed Wheel 3 MT is the peripheral for you.