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Have Your Say – What's Your Favourite Piece of Sim Gear Right Now?

This week’s “Have Your Say’ article focuses on sim hardware; share your current favourite piece of sim racing gear in the comments below.

Sim racing can be an expensive hobby. It’s easy to pour a lot of your hard-earned money into new hardware. Sometimes those investments can be a let-down, while other times the product is all we’d hoped and more. We want to hear your stories from the latter case.

The right piece of gear can significantly enhance your enjoyment of sim racing. That enjoyment can be based on added immersion, more comfort while driving, or even something as simple as replacing a defective unit that was overdue for replacement. A favourite piece of sim gear doesn’t need to be expensive, of course. It could be something that you worked hard to be able to afford, something you inherited or received as a gift, or even something you found used.

Added immersion might be the most obvious reason to name something as your favourite piece of gear. This could be your first wheel, which meant a major step forward from a controller. Or a VR headset, which allows you to step into an alternate world where you’re piloting your favourite racecar. Or maybe a motion setup that allows you to feel every bump, curb, dip and crest.

Comfort is another great reason to love a sim hardware. Being hunched over a desk for endurance racing can be uncomfortable bordering on painful. And perhaps that new wheelstand or cockpit has opened up new possibilities in the world of sim racing for you.

Whatever it is, tell us in the comments below. Let us know which piece of sim hardware you love most, and why you love it.
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Mike Smith
I have been obsessed with sim racing and racing games since the 1980's. My first taste of live auto racing was in 1988, and I couldn't get enough ever since. Lead writer for RaceDepartment, and owner of SimRacing604 and its YouTube channel. Favourite sims include Assetto Corsa Competizione, Assetto Corsa, rFactor 2, Automobilista 2, DiRT Rally 2 - On Twitter as @simracing604

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I agree with @ghera2711... CSE Button Boxes are just on a class of their own...

Materials are of a superior quality (that's REAL carbon fiber!). The design, the finishing touch (look at those red inserts and screws..) and how the BB fits with my DD... awww... just perfect! Best purchase for my rig!

Here's a pic taken while unboxing my beloved Eau Rouge Limited Edition :D (jeez... that carbon.. sooo thick!):

CSE-BBOX.jpg
 
I'd have to go with my newly aquired Phillips SHP9600 headphones. Really added to the immersion over my aging Logitech X-530 5.1.
 
My Thrustmaster T300 Ferrari Alcantara, but without my good old Samsung O+ I would never go for a computergame. VR did bring me to Race/Flysims, because finally it does feel immerse. Now only waiting for an real photorealistic simgame.
 

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