Simucube 2 Pro Review

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 SimuCube 2 Pro Review

 

 

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Introduction

We are happy to announce that ManCave UK have now took ownership of the latest new product Simucube 2 Pro from Simucube .

We got a call yesterday from  simtechracing to say our pro is ready for collection. Either we could drive to collect or await the courier.

Decided to drive as didn’t want to wait another minute. So we got in the Mitsubishi and drove the one hour thirty minute drive to Birmingham.

The review will be done in two parts.

PART ONE

UNBOXING

So upon receiving our eagerly awaited new simucube 2 pro. There brand new 2019 direct drive. The first thing that strikes you is the design of the box.

 

nice words

Now the old osw never had anything like this unless the reseller adds there own logo onto the box when they ship it you. So this was a nice touch.

 

 

Looking at the outside you can clearly see a few little slogans and words of wisdom to make you feel all excited and wanting to rip it open.

LETS GET UNBOXING

Opening the box you first see a information and quick start guide. This is of a gloss effect and looks to be done really well and looks proffesional.

nice glossy guide

Upon a quick flick through, Seems to be good and explains all that is needed to get going. So be sure to read the instructions prior to installation.

but we know you wont!!.

easy guide

 

THE POWER PACKS.

Soon as you remove brown lid.  You are welcomed with two power pack supplies. If your purchased the sport, you only have one.

not seeing double!! two power packs for pro

Why is there two seperate power supplys ?   (see below)

i know why theres two before I get a dozen emails, Just baffled to why not make it into one unit.

Maybe it could of been done within one unit and one less plug socket. Which to me would make things a little more tidy.

Im sure there is a reason why and I hope simucube will contact me and let me know as that be cool to know.

The feel is of excellent quality and looks and is heavy and solid. Looks like they will last a long time, only time will tell here.

***Just thought I update on the power supply query I had and Mika from SimuCube has gotten in touch and explained the in’s and outs into why they took this route and the response is below.***

Consumer-approved (less than 0.5W no-load power) PSU’s are cutting edge on this voltage and power level. In the US, the DOE level 6 requirements are very strict on this, and its is not allowed to sell products with higher idle power consumption. One of our competitors (you may guess which) is using some Chinese power supplies that are certified. We also tested them (got samples for several manufacturers), but could not find one that would be reliable enough.
Possible faults where any single or multiple of these:
failed after few minutes.
started bad permanent coil whine after first heavy load.
had erratic internal fan behaviour (yes, they have fans!)
Therefore, we decided to settle on high quality fan less Taiwanese Mean Well units.

That to me clears up the reasons behind the two psu’s and thanks to mika for letting me know why and I hope this will help others out there wondering same thing as me.

FIXINGS.

Your Simucube will come with all it needs to get your rim mounted to the direct drive. Including SQR, 70mm adapter and spacer. I am happy they have gone this route and included these as it makes the transition a lot more easier and takes away the hassle of finding the right parts to fit.

 

all the fixings needed here

FAMOUS RED BUTTON

the big red button

If you new and not had the previous direct drive before and wondering what this is about then we shall explain.

These units are not forgiving when in motion and the brute force of one can literally brake your thumb and even your wrist. So bare this in mind when you first get on and ramp up the settings to max and we all do it, whether its a gpu or some other device.

My advice is to start low and slowly build up the strength.

This is why you have a big red button. If you’re rim and direct drive goes mad, you hit that and kills the power from the motor. DONT grab the rim what ever you do. it will only end up with no sim racing for 6 weeks and the embassment of explaning it to your sim buddies.

THE DIRECT DRIVE PRO

Now comes the star of the show.

This direct drive is so sleek and beatiful its hard to put it into words.

Coming from its predecessor where its looks are really industral with its fins all round and its bulky body. Must say we still like the old version too and still will be around for a long time yet as the build quality of these drives are rock solid and will last a life time of sim racing. but if like me like to have the cutting edge of sim gear then read on if not read on anyway as its took me a while to write it!!

Now its time for newer more sleak and smooth looking unit. The edges are more smoother but still keeping its predecessor shape and form. I definitly like that they kept with this shape.

nicely wrapped ready to be released!!

You can tell whats been updated and improved on. They truly have reworked it from the ground up and the build and quality is amazing just like there first model.

You will know when you buy a SimuCube product you are buyng one for the whole life span of your sim racing career and beyond as these are truly rock solid products whether its the first edition or the latest one here.

side view with there logo on

The old spindle is now gone and replaced with this new system.

They have designed this from the ground up.

Really does make it look more futuristic and again very sleek design too. This is a new area for us all and i will do a more in-depth section in the video of this so, you all can see up close on how it works.

top view with warning sticker

The days of the black case that housed the brains to the old osw is no more.

This area has been really interesting for me. Just to see how it was done and they have done it really well.

There Brand new board that houses everything the old case did, Really remarkable how they managed it. Go check out the photos on there site and facebook page.

no more seperate case all built within the direct drive

 

amazing work

 

SOFTWARE

As before I am used to there simucube software and as yet to use there new software called TRUE DRIVE. This can  be dowloaded HERE.

screen shot of the software

So at present i am not able give you a full in depth write up on this part. From what we have seen.

Once True Drive was installed.

First impressions, it Looks like the old version but updated with darker background, better logo’s and layout. Obviously the extra’s that come with the new model that the old doesnt have.

So in all ,thats a good start.

So this about wraps up the un-boxing side of things and to sum it all up…

PROS

Direct drive from a well established brand that has been doing this for many years.

Techenical support and help forum HERE not just simucube 2 but also support for the simucube 1.

Long life span that will probably last for a decade if not more

No fear of losing torque or over heating.

Sleek and excellent design.

Supports bluetooth wireless rims out of the box.

Two year warranty 

CONS( really hard to find any but!!)

price  as always  but good things come at a premium sadly.

Two power packs that require two sockets, Could of thought of this more and merged into one unit but not a game changer either way.

 


PART TWO

Part two will be done once i have had a good few hours of play on the direct drive. as i feel anything less would not be a true review of this in action. This will be a more better  and honest review as i have spent some time with it.

In the meantime why not join us over at our facebook page HERE where you can join in as a community and get help and advice too.

 


If there is a spelling mistake or i missed something or even want to say thanks. Then please be nice about it, just let me know.

It can soon can be corrected.

Thank you.


 

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