This is my review on the Simetik K2! This is one of the cockpits that I have received the most requests from the Sim Racing Community to review. I keep on getting messages and comments from people saying that it’s “one of the best bangs for the buck”, that it can handle just about anything you throw at it, and that it will blow you away. It made me wonder… Can this sub-300 Euro Cockpit live up to this hype that everyone has been building?
The answer to that is simple… Yes! Yes it can, and it DOES live up to the hype! Through my few months of testing the Simetik K2, this cockpit has truly established itself as one of the best Sim Racing cockpits I have tested, especially in its base price bracket. However, things start to get a little more difficult once you start to add in accessories and other elements to the equation. So, let’s take a look at the cockpit, and what it’s like to use!
The base configuration of the Simetik K2 weighs in at approximately 55 pounds (25kg), before adding in a seat or any accessories. Everything is built out of steel, and have a decent weight to it, despite having a very compact design. Putting the cockpit together was relatively simple, taking only around an hour and a half to put everything together. You will need to bring your own seat to the cockpit, because Simetik does not offer any seats for sale on their website. For my testing, I poached the seat from my Trak Racer RS6 Mk2, and I was able to get it working on the cockpit, but I did have to drill holes into the frame to get it to fit.
All of the accessories for the cockpit are very well built, and are able to be added on quite easily. Simetik offers a wide variety of components, ranging from shifter and handbrake mounts, to keyboard and mouse trays, and even supports for tablets and Buttkickers! You can also get a monitor mount, that can work for single or triple-monitor configurations.
There is a shocking amount of add-ons that you can purchase for the cockpit, but that brings up one of the downsides of the Simetik K2; the price of add-ons. While the cockpit itself is quite inexpensive, at 295 Euros the accessories are where it feels like you can get gouged. For example, a shifter mount is not included with the K2. To buy one from the Simetik site, it would run you nearly SIXTY DOLLARS before shipping! The mouse support for the cockpit, if you choose to get it, would run around $45. Fortunately, you don’t NEED the accessories to get full advantage of the cockpit, but if you’re looking at getting some add-ons, keep in mind that the cost can easily jump up.
Also, another thing to mention is that shipping can also add up for the cockpit. Shipping for the base cockpit will run you 105 Euros, which would mean that the cockpit actually ends up being 400 Euros (or around $445). Add in more shipping cost for any accessories you include, and the shipping cost can easily jump up. Add in some accessories, and the Bottom Line price can easily end up as double or even TRIPLE the initial price of the base cockpit! (Note that these figures are representative of shipping to the United States)
Well, the fortunate thing about the Simetik K2, is that it is one of the best performing Cockpits I have used, in most price brackets. This is easily one of the most sturdy and rigid cockpits I have driven with, and it has held up to nearly everything I have thrown at it.
For my initial testing, I used the Thrustmaster T-GT wheel with the T3PA Pedal Set. For this testing, I used the base wheel plate, which is included with the base configuration of the cockpit. After that, I upgraded to the Large Mige Open Sim Wheel, and I mounted it onto the new Direct Drive wheel plate, that is currently available from the Simetik Website. I also put on the Fanatec Clubsport Pedals V3, to see how the K2’s pedal plate will handle heavier braking forces. For both situations, I mounted the Thrustmaster TH8A shifter onto the shifter mount.
With everything I tested on the cockpit, it handled everything extremely well. With the Thrustmaster equipment, I noticed no flex whatsoever. When I bumped things up to the Open Sim Wheel, I expected there to be quite a bit of flex, but I was pretty blown away by how well the K2 performed under heavy forces. There was a minimal amount of wiggling, which I would say is perfectly acceptable, given the price range of the cockpit. However, I believe that, due to the relatively light weight of the cockpit, there will be some wiggling and shifting around under heavy forces. If you’re looking for a 100% rock solid, no wiggling whatsoever rig, then you’d likely be better off with an Aluminum Extrusion cockpit like the Sim-Lab P1X. But I’d say that the Simetik K2 can outperform nearly everything else.
The Pedal Tray on the K2 actually outperformed my expectations. I was expecting the pedal tray to have some flex, similar to what I experienced with the Next Level Racing cockpits I reviewed previously. However, I barely noticed anything, even under heavy braking force with the Fanatec Clubsport Pedals! I was able to confidently brake and use heavy force without feeling like I was losing any fidelity and precision from chassis flex.
The cockpit in general is very adjustable. The wheel deck allows you to bring it forwards and backwards, as well as inclining it to fit your needs. You can adjust the shifter mounts and other accessories to get things right where you want them. The only complaint I have regarding the adjustments is that it has slightly limited options when it comes to the pedal tray. You can only adjust the incline of the pedal plate: you can’t do any forward or backwards adjustments, and you can’t bring it up or down. It would be nice to have some added ability to tweak the pedals to fit right where you need them, but I’ll gladly take the stability of the plate over added tweak-ability.
All things considered, the Simetik K2 is an incredibly performing cockpit for the low to mid price bracket. It is a great cockpit for just about anybody, be it someone looking for their first Sim Racing cockpit, or someone looking to handle high end equipment on it. There are definitely a few drawbacks of the cockpit, and it can easily get pricey depending on what accessories you add-on, but if you’re looking for a compact, sturdy, great all-around cockpit, then the Simetik K2 is an incredible option.
The thing is… there is a point of diminishing returns for the Simetik K2. While it is a great cockpit for its base price, if the price tag balloons up to 600-800 Dollars, then the K2 starts to lose out to competing cockpits such as Aluminum Extrusion rigs. For just about any price under that, The Simetik K2 is a no brainer, and is easily one of the best Sim Racing cockpits on the market.
- Incredibly sturdy cockpit, very rigid
- Lightweight and compact design
- Very adjustable, can fit to your personal preferences
- Tons of optional add-ons
- Sturdy pedal plate, even under heavy duty pedals
- Can handle Direct Drive wheels with minimal wiggle (using the DD mount)
- Add-on prices can easily add-up
- No option to buy cockpit with seat included
- Shipping can be pricey
- Limited pedal plate adjustments
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