Cube Controls Review

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Cube Controls Formula Pro Rim Review.

part one- First impressions

The long awaited Cube Controls Formula rim has landed at Man Cave HQ and the question we all want to know is.
Has it been worth the wait.
Well read on and see what we think of the first impressions of the new rim.

Formula pro pure sensation

Back in march, We got in touch with cube controls as we saw their advert floating around on social media. We started to get interested in their work, seeing designs being shown off at events and on simulators. I just had to get my hands on one.

Nico checking out the rim

So who are Cube Controls.

Cube Controls hand build high end products for the sim racing community and real life professionals. They are a small company based in Italy.

Each rim is hand made and tailored to suit your requirements.

Each rim whether its a GT or Formula rim, Each one is very unique and one of a kind. They also now have a beautiful new rim

called Formula CSX with a 4.3 inch lcd display screen. Which I do like and love and maybe one day review and own one too.

The craftmanship is very high quality, You can tell they are all done by hand and done with precision and care.

cube controls statement

The Perfect choice for Sim Racing
What matter to us, is that you feel like your in a race car
Whether you love Formula or GT sim racing competitions.our rims will change your racing experience.We build top-notch quality steering wheels to take sim racing to the next level of realism.

  Cubecontrols.com

Now when it comes to sim racing, We could go the modest route or the expensive route. From time to time we all like to splash out and get something unique and personal for our hobby.

This was one of the things I like about cube controls, They are. Lets say, your tailor at the suit shop.

many colour choices

So how do we get that unique rim

Once you get in contact with them via social media or email.

They will ask what you would like to have done to your rim.

 I was a bit curious because things like this usually cost a lot of money as usually classed as upgrades. Well this is yet another positive about there products. The Price you pay also includes colour options and naming of the buttons and rotary’s.

You get various sticker options for you rim

You do get a few good colour options to choose from not a full colour spectrum but enough to please, I Seen some really loud and bright coloured ones that really do stand out and some that are all of one colour.

The options are quite endless.

Simple colours for me but elegant

So what happens next.

Once you get introduced to one of the cube controls staff and you have decide which rim you would like to purchase and I must say, They are very patient and not pushy either.

They will answer any questions you may have on your purchase.

After all they want you to be happy with your new rim

The back is elegant too

The next stage will be colour design and what stickers you like on your buttons and rotary’s.

They will of course send you a template and you can go to town in photoshop or whatever design application you use.

My elegant design comes to life

Obviously they will let you know what colours are on offer but I found best to ask first. So you don’t go mad on a crazy design only to find out that colour is not available.

Once you have got the design done and your happy but please take your time and look at it and go away and come back and see if you like it still.

Dual shifters for perfect clutch control

I changed mine a few good times over the day back and forth with cube controls asking what they felt but bold colours were not for me and went with the design you see in the photos.

every part is of top quality

How long will it take till it arrives

Now you heard the saying ‘All good things comes to those who wait’, Well you wont be getting it within a week that’s for certain. Why? These rims are all handmade in Italy and made by a human… Yes actual human!!

So when you place your order with cube controls, They will put you in line with the other orders and await your turn.

This could be a couple weeks, if they are not busy… very unlikely…

More realistically around 5 weeks.

 

come in a nice protective case

Feel free to email them and they will reply usually within a couple hours with updates to your order. All I ask is please don’t go emailing or social media mad like a stalker, Asking for when is it ready and its only been a week or so!!.

Please be patient it will come when its ready and all in good time.

 

Beautiful blue

   SO HOW DOES THIS FEEL

 

Now this is a bit difficult because at present because I have no direct drive on the rig as I am awaiting the new simucube 2  pro direct drive to arrive from SimTechRacing  

      simucube 2 pro direct drive review soon

 

We can at least give first impression of how it feels in the hand and how the rotary and buttons feel.

 THE WEIGHT

 

Upon opening the case and lifting the rim out with my over caring hands. Insuring I was well seated with no chance of dropping it.

 

First impressions are of the weight are:-

 

The weight is really good. I’ve had rims in past that are ever so light and felt odd.

Overall weight is great and feels like a premium product.

When you grasp the rim in the driving position your hands instantly feel comfortable.

The hand mould is perfect on the rim and is the right size too.

They do make two sizes but I felt the standard was good enough.

ROTARY’S BUTTON’S SWITCHES

Simple colours but elegant

When it comes to button’s and rotary’s, you can usually tell the quality of them just by pressing or moving them and cube have definitely got some nice ones here. They feel good to press no squeaky sounds coming from them .

 

First impressions of the rotary’s and buttons and switches are:-

The rotary’s feel like they should firm and a get that nice click when moved.

They also are perfectly cut cnc machined aluminium knobs.

All the rotary’s press down too, so you get another 4 buttons as well, very impressed here.

The side thumb rotary’s can be programmed for also sorts of new ways to control the car or menu’s

PADDLE AND CLUTCH

paddle and clutch feel premium

 

First impressions of the paddle and clutch:-

 

They feel high end as you would expect from this rim.

made with solid carbon and blue anodised they feel really nice and solid and can really tell how well made these are and should last a long time.

The full clutch system is really smooth and nice edition

THE GRIPS

First impressions of the grips:-

Made to high standards and the feel is nice and are solid and not soft, a little different to alacantra I am used to.

Definitely  would wear gloves with this rim or any high end rim just to protect it from our sweaty hands

Not much really to say about a set of grips they are of excellent quality and look like they will last a long time compared to alacantra type materials that wear down quite quick.

In all I am very happy with the design.

FINAL CONCLUSION 

THE GOOD

So if you are in the market for a high end rim and have £899 sitting in your bank then I would highly recommend either this rim formula pro or one of there other rims from the GT to the lastest CSX. Now not everyone will like mine and same for me I don’t like others but this is because each rim is tailored to you and you alone.

Every rotary, push button and switches are literally spot on and feel really smooth the detail and placement has been really thought out here and I can see why they are of a premium price.

There is so much I could go into that I probably end up making a novel about it and I know I praise this rim to high heaven but this is my honest opinion you couldn’t go wrong with cube controls can I fault anything with this rim….anything?

 

THE BAD

Ok so I have praised this Formula pro rim a lot and to find anything negative is one hard thing to do.

when you know this is made so well it is hard too.

There is one little negative or improvement and this is really more a personal preference but none the less.

When I received the box and opened the case I felt a little bit baffled to why the rim was not inside a foam cut out like you see in say expensive camera cases.

Don’t get me wrong it was nice and snug and safe, as the whole case inside is foam and well procteded by the aluminium case housing  but I feel this could be improved and make it a little bit more special in that sense.

I did of course message them and let them know of this and I hope they will take this onboard and try to do it.

Again this was all I could find that could be a negative.

 

So to finish this long review.

I will say thank you for taking the time to read the review, if there is a error or spelling mistake, then I am only human!!

Will of course be doing plenty more reviews and videos on my YoutTube channel.

This will include the SimTechRacing first Bluetooth rim and the new SimuCube 2 unboxing and full review.

 

If you would like me to do a full review of your product then please don’t hesitate to get in touch either via below email or social media groups

 

 

 

 

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