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I bought this wheel six months ago. Have been giving it fairly heavy use since then. I've had it clamped to my desk and this has worked quite well (keep in mind that this results in quite a bit of rattle). Force feedback is decent but you can definitely feel the gear mechanism of the wheel. Its a good middle ground if you're not quite ready to fork out the cash for a belt-driven wheel.
So far I've not ran into any issues, so i would say durability is pretty good. I even dropped it from chest height at one point and it worked fine.