Cheap...... purchased 2 for split screen.
Not sure I agree, never had a problem with accuracy on driving games with a controller, I find its quicker to flick a thumb left or right than to turn a wheel.
Using a wheel and pedals does add a lot to the experience of driving games. For the casual player because you get used to the controller for most games I suspect it will be easier. However once you get used to the wheel it gives you far more control over the car. The thumb sticks due to the size it is difficult to be so accurate as is with the button control for speed control. When you are chasing seconds on the track such detail can make a big difference. However even as a more casual player myself it is just a lot more fun. I use for Euro Truck games it is a lot easier to control and more relexed than using the keyboard for example. I have to be honest this is a bit out of my price range you would have the be a serious on line racer to splash out this money. So hot deal but only for those with money to burn or a career in online racing :)
Wheels can take a bit of getting used to if you're used to being competitive with a gamepad. But 95% of people will end up better with a wheel after a decent amount of practice with it. And yea, you need a *somewhat* decent wheel, at least something with FFB. Anything below that isn't really worth having at all. The game you play also makes a difference. Wheels aren't that game changing for non-racing sims and the wheel support for non-sims isn't usually that great to begin with. It's the sim racing titles that start to make a wheel more of a necessity for higher level competition, particularly the more serious ones like Assetto Corsa, iRacing, Project Cars 2, etc. Games like Gran Turismo and Forza Motorsport are still fine with a gamepad cuz they offer more forgiveness in the handling model so that really proper driving technique(what you'd really want a wheel for) isn't so crucial.
I have this wheel and I payed less than this from Box £439.99 !!! . It's a great wheel. The FFB is INSANELY powerful. Feels butter smooth compared to the Logitech G29 it has replaced.