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Thrustmaster T248 Overview
Thrustmaster’s newest sim racing wheel is the T248. With a new force feedback system and several other enhancements that we will review, Thrustmaster now has a mid-level wheel that offers more torque, detail, and accuracy over it’s more budget-friendly TMX and T150. The T248 is compatible with PS4, PS5, and PC. We believe Thrustmaster intends to market this new wheel as the definitive option for the upcoming Gran Turismo 7 sim racing title for Playstation. The popularity of sim racing has exploded in recent years, in part due to the Covid-19 lockdowns of 2020. Sim racers all around the world are craving new hardware options, and the T248 delivers for those looking at an all-in-one mid range package.
What are the main features?
- LCD Display – the built in display can show important information such as lap times, wheel settings, RPM, etc
- Hybrid Force Feedback System – the T248 features a mixture of belts and gears and delivers 70% more torque than the T150 according to Thrustmaster
- Dynamic Force Feedback – using the display, select between various preset force feedback modes to suit your driving style and sim racing title
- 3 Pedal Set – although the included T3PM pedal set doesn’t include a load cell brake, it is adjustable to 4 different pressure settings
Thrustmaster T248 Price
The T248 is a mid-range wheel in the Thrustmaster lineup and in the overall sim racing wheel market.
The Bad Stuff
One of the drawbacks of the Thrustmaster T248 is the lack of compatibility with Xbox consoles. Right now you need a PS4, PS5, or PC to use this racing wheel. Another drawback of this wheel is the pedal set. In our opinion, a mid-range wheel should come with a load-cell brake, or at least be upgradable.
Bottom Line… a great option for enthusiasts
If you’ve moved beyond the capabilities of your Logitech G29/G920 or Thurstmaster T150/TMX and are ready to step up to the next level, the Thrustmaster T248 is a great option. It features much more torque, is more accurate, and has upgraded pedals. The LCD display is a nice touch, and the materials on the steering wheel are more premium than the T150/TMX. At this price point you won’t find many other complete sim racing sets. If you move up to Fanatec units, you’ll pay more for the separate wheels and pedals. Logitech obviously doesn’t offer anything above the G29/G920. And direct drive wheels are many more times expensive than the Thrustmaster T248. Overall, it’s a great mid-level option for enthusiasts ready to take their sim racing career to the next level.