Review | Playseat Trophy Logitech G Edition – Playseat has developed several rigs for racing games and recently we have already covered the Challenge X edition. A folding chair at a reasonable price, which is available in two variants. A regular edition and a Logitech G Edition. A step up we find the Playseat Trophy, of which a Logitech G Edition is also available. Logitech also sent us this model to see how it compares and to see what the primary differences are compared to the Challenge X. And there are quite a few, so let’s quickly take a closer look at what this Playseat has to offer.
The professional entry-level
We don’t need to explain to anyone that the spectrum of rigs for racing games is rather extensive. If you’re short on space or on a budget, the Playseat Challenge X is a more than excellent choice, as you’ll find in our Review you can read. If you have a bit more budget and also the space to put a Playseat without it getting in the way, then an option like the Trophy is a lot more interesting. It may cost double that at €599, but that gives you a very robust system that is suitable for almost any model of steering wheel. Just like with the Challenge X, this gives you flexibility in putting together your total set-up.
Of course, the assembly starts with unpacking the box, in which, in addition to all the parts, you will also find accessories such as Velcro strips for cable management. Because it is a more robust system, various components are substantially larger. This is due to the construction of the tubes, which also have a larger diameter. In terms of assembly, it is all quite simple, you follow the clear manual again, where it is important to slide the tubes together and secure them with a set of screws. Less than an hour and the set is in terms of frame, after which you slide the back and seat part over the backrest (again) via a kind of cover.
You can then secure it at different points via Velcro and so you have the seat mounted in no time. This also includes an extra strap that you place at the height of your rear end and tighten for sufficient tension in the whole. At least as important are the two additional platforms, on which you can place the steering wheel and pedals. In our case, we needed two extra hands to slide the platform between the frame, because it is just a little narrower. This seems deliberate, by the way, because after sliding the platform for the pedals in between, it is clamped and just to be sure, you tighten it with the supplied screws.
You have to attach the platform for the steering wheel to the tube that goes over your waist and that is also quite easy. In other words, building the foundation is done in no time. The Playseat Trophy Logitech G Edition also comes with enough screws to secure your steering wheelset and you have to deal with enough screw holes at both the platform for the steering wheel and the pedals, so you’re not limited to one specific steering wheel set. It’s also nice that if you’re using a Logitech set, the bottom of the platform indicates where to place the screws. You can also store all Logitech models on it, as well as steering wheels from other brands. With some Velcro strips, you can then carry out the cable management via the tubes after placing the steering wheel set. This prevents cables from getting in your way.
Adjusting the Playseat Trophy
Once the set has been set up, it is actually ready to move in, but whether you are comfortable depends on your physique. For the average length, the set is basically good after this build-up, but if you are shorter or taller you can still tinker with the set-up. In principle, you have three options for this. For example, the lower frame has an extension mechanism that you activate by unscrewing two screws. Once you’ve done that on either side, you can extend the frame. This is done in three positions, which are clearly indicated on the extension mechanism. However, you do need an Allen wrench for this, because this function does not come with rotary knobs. This is in contrast to adjusting the angle of inclination of the pedals.
The pedals can be adjusted to five levels. The screws to secure it come with a blue dial, so you don’t have to use an Allen wrench here. This is a piece of user-friendliness and makes it very easy to set the level to what feels most comfortable. Finally, you have an extension between the frame and the backrest on either sidesystem, which allows you to adjust the angle of the backrest. A small disadvantage of this is that this piece falls just below the cover of the seating area, so you have to loosen it if you want to be able to reach it. Nevertheless, this offers enough room to find the right set-up and compared to the Challenge X, the search for the best set-up was a lot faster, which is due to the more natural structure of the riding position in this rig.
Playseat has thought carefully about comfort with the Trophy, because the frame follows a natural body posture based on a seating area that is arranged as a kind of bucket seat. Whether you’re tall or short, you can find a great, comfortable set-up for almost any player thanks to the adjustment options. If you are on the short side, the basic set-up from the manual is in many cases immediately good. If you are a bit taller, extending the lower frame is usually sufficient and if you would like to do some tweaks afterwards, you can easily do so with the dials near the pedals or with the extension system for the backrest.
However, it should be noted that unlike the Challenge X, the Trophy has fewer adjustment options in terms of length. You are primarily dependent on the extension system in the lower frame for this. If, like yours truly, you are towards 2 meters, it will not be possible to sit on the pedals with straight legs. Not that it’s necessarily a bad thing, Because in use, the rig is still fantastic, but for optimal ergonomics it is actually desirable. Based on our findings, we can say that the set offers the best comfort for players who are up to about 1 meter 88. If you’re taller than that, you’ll have to sit with your legs slightly bent around the steering wheel.
This, in turn, is because you are attached to the tube that runs across your waist. As mentioned, you mount the steering wheel on this, but you don’t have an option to adjust it in height. This also limits the space you have with your knees when you are tall, so you have to adopt the quoted body position. However, this is true for a smaller group of gamers and while it does have some impact on ergonomics, we can’t ignore the fact that once you’ve found the right set-up, you’ll be able to race comfortably – even if you’re a little taller. This is thanks to the finely shaped bucket seat, which, with proper assembly, offers enough tension to stay in it comfortably and for a long time.
Finally, getting in: it’s quite easy, but it’s not as easy as with the Challenge X. After all, with that set you can just fold up the steering wheel and that’s not possible now. Nevertheless, getting in and out of this set is very accessible, so you can sit and get started in no time. And once seated to go racing, you will have a very nice experience. The intensity of, for example, rally in EA Sports WRC And additional feedback effects are excellently absorbed by the robust frame, without it shifting and there is also no loss of detail in the feedback. The same goes for racing in Gran Turismo 7, which is a pleasure like no other. Especially when you drive in cockpit camera perspective and sit close to your TV, you feel like you’re in a real race car. All this is thanks to the construction of the rig, which is excellent. Thanks to the robust construction and the imitation of a cockpit, the set feels very premium, where with the Challenge X you get more of a (irreverently put) high-end camping chair. Because the Trophy is and feels more premium in every respect, the purchase price of € 599 is justified.
Takes up some space
If you don’t want to spend too much money on a good Playseat, but do want to race in a rig in a fairly professional way, then the Playseat Trophy Logitech G Edition is a good choice. What you have to keep in mind, however, is that the set takes up some space. Whether the set is shortened or slightly longer depending on your height, take into account a length of just under two meters and a width of about 60 centimeters. If you hardly have any space in your home, this is not a convenient solution. If you do and can store the set in, for example, an extra room, then this is an excellent choice to dive into sim racing at a decent price. By the way, you can still put the set upright to save some space, but it is not as efficient as the folding system that the Challenge X offers.
The Playseat Trophy Logitech G Edition is a great model to take your racing experience to the next level. It’s a pleasure to build up because it’s so easy to use.g and you’ll find everything you need in the package. The flexibility in which steering wheel sets you mount on it is very nice, because almost everything works with this system. In addition, it is very robust and easy to adjust with plenty of options to find the right set-up for your physique/height – although the ergonomics decrease as you approach 2 meters. Thankfully, even at that length, the racing remains very comfortable in practice and with a decent price point for this set, Playseat offers you value for money. If you’re on a bit of a budget and you’re looking for a good, flexible, and beautiful rig, the Playseat Trophy Logitech G Edition is a great choice.
- Easy to assemble
- Very robust system
- Easy adjustment
- Comfortable seating area
- Ergonomics decreases if you are very tall
- Handlebar base not adjustable in height