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First! Just received my unit. Going to upload a couple of quick walkthrough videos to youtube (very low production quality) so everyone can see what it looks like from several perspectives.
Until then, here are some thoughts and photos.
I am a guy who strongly believes in science and engineering. I like to quote Matt Damon in "The Martian" when I say "science the shit out of this". I was impressed with the smart way Arozzi designed the packaging for the unit. Outside of crushing the box none of the pieces would ever touch and none would rattle around. All of this with simple cardboard sheets designed to work together to support each piece of the unit.
For the money I think it's very well constructed and frankly compared to other unit's I've either owned or tested, at or over this price range, it's great. I don't think you can come close to it for under $400 bucks. It's sturdy, good gauge steel construction and where plastic is used (such as collars in the socket/tubes) it's done smartly. It's not a "thin lip" of plastic that would be prone to breaking. Overall however plastic is used at a minimum and only where it would add to the function of the unit.
I put mine together, with chair, in under 10 minutes from opening box to sitting in an attached chair. The only time I touched the manual was to take it out of the box. Super easy to put together.
Time will tell here. So far my impression is that the range of motion in the adjustable components will accommodate pretty much every user. I was VERY pleased to see that the chair mounting assembly does actually slide in/out where the tube can move beyond the back of the assembly. This is important to provide accommodation for users with various leg sizes. So both the chair assembly and the wheel pillar assembly both move along the axis of the main tube providing adjustments for various leg and arm lengths.
First let's focus on the unit itself. My first impression (without yet using it for gaming) is that the pedal platform and the wheel platform are very stable. I don't see any problems here. Given the cost of the unit it exceeds my expectations. As for the throttle/shifter pillar/assembly I think this could be an area for improvement. The shift pillar is a round tube, rightfully so as it needs to move up/down and rotate around it's mounting axis. That said I am finding that the pressure bolt, since it has no "positive mount" point on the tube (since the tube needs endless freedom of adjustment) it is likely it will loosen up and the tube will move causing the shifter platform to move a bit. I would have liked to see either an additional pressure bolt to double the holding or another method such as a collar clamp like those used on camera tripods. That said I'll see how it works over time and chime in on long term use.
Overall early impressions:
As I stated earlier I think this is a great value for the money. There's not a lot of good options out there for simulator platforms in the sub $200 range that are worth buying, imo, and I think Arozzi has a potential winner here. I see a few points for improvement but overall I like what I see.
Something I missed:
Inside the manual/parts bag was a nice rubber "sheet" cut for the foot pedal/rudder platform to sit between the pedals base and the platform top. This is a nice "extra" that I've never seen on other units. A nice extra "quality of life" detail. It will keep the unit from vibrating or sliding around any once mounted.
Thanks for the detailed review. I've shared your comments with the design team in Sweden. We really appreciate it.
Thanks Scott. I also spoke with folks in your support department and marketing about some design issues. I'm hoping to have a chance to speak with you at some point as well. Thanks.