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Logitech G923 vs Fanatec CSL Elite: Ultimate Comparison

The Logitech G923 is a great wheel designed for use with PC, Xbox (One, Series X and Series X) as well as PlayStation (3, 4 and 5).  Despite costing quite a bit more and failing to offer out-of-the-box Xbox compatibility (a separate wheel rim is needed) we think Fanatec manages to keep the throne with their CSL Elite.

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One of Fanatec's most affordable racing wheel bundles, the CSL Elite offers immersive force feedback and excellent build quality at a bargain!

Logitech G923 vs Fanatec CSL Elite: Technical Specs

G923CSL Elite
ROTATION RANGE40° to 900°90° to 1080°
DRIVE SYSTEMDual motorSingle gear toothed belt
PEDALSThree adjustable metal pedalsNot included
MATERIALSHand-stitched leatherPerforated genuine leather grips and suede fabric
DIAMETER OF WHEEL28cm30cm

Logitech G923 vs Fanatec CSL Elite: Build Quality

The G923 is lauded by reviewers and owners alike for being the best wheel Logitech has ever released, primarily due to the improved build quality – including a metal wheel wrapped in high-end leather.  The CSL Elite is no slouch in this department either, featuring a mostly-metal construction and leather/suede-wrapped wheel.  These products are both very well-made.

Winner – Draw

Logitech G923 vs Fanatec CSL Elite: Design

Neither manufacturer is a slouch in the aesthetics department, and these wheels feature some of the best-looking designs either have released to date.  Both wheels and bases are all-black save for some buttons, LEDs and related labelling.  Also note that there is an open-wheel variant from Fanatec in the CSL Elite F1 set that is also easy on the eyes!

Winner – Draw

Logitech G923 vs Fanatec CSL Elite: Force Feedback

The CSL Elite is known to have some of the smoothest, most realistic feedback in the game – and anyone who has ever used one will tell you that it’s borderline unfair to compare another wheel to it in this regard.  The G923’s dual motors provide strong feedback that is nothing to be ashamed of, but their relatively loud presence can be a nuisance to some.

Winner – CSL Elite

Logitech G923 vs Fanatec CSL Elite: Pedals

Logitech has included a full set of adjustable metal pedals with the G923, which is impressive considering the price point of the package.  Fanatec sells the CSL Elite without pedals – which is a shame considering the price point – but that leaves you free to buy some of the best pedals on the market in the CSL Elite Pedals + the CSL Elite Loadcell kit for the ultimate upgrade.

Winner – G923

Logitech G923 vs Fanatec CSL Elite: Noise

The CSL Elite is a quiet, smooth piece of kit that pulls you into the game on an unprecedented level, and never pulls you out of it with annoying sounds.  The G923’s wheel is admirably quiet during even the most intense racing maneuvers, but many users complain that the dual-motor feedback system is a bit loud for their tastes.

Winner – CSL Elite

Logitech G923 vs Fanatec CSL Elite: Other Considerations

One especially interesting feature of the G923 is the touted “TrueForce” haptic feedback, which works in tandem with the force motors to provide higher-fidelity rumbles than any other wheel out there – the big caveat being that it only works with a small number of games.  

Conclusion

The Logitech G923 is a solid product that represents a great value, and the fact that’s it’s compatible with all major sim racing consoles in addition to PC means it will be a better buy for those who have need for such features.  That said, the CSL Elite manages to be worth the extra money for most users by virtue of its whisper-quiet operation, smooth feedback and access to best-in-class pedals.

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One of Fanatec's most affordable racing wheel bundles, the CSL Elite offers immersive force feedback and excellent build quality at a bargain!

Last Updated on March 7, 2021