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Simagic Q1S Sequential Shifter

Simagic is nowadays impossible to imagine the world of sim racing. The Chinese manufacturer quickly gained a lot of name recognition with the introduction of the hugely popular Simagic Sequential Shifter Q1. Since a few months, the company has added a smaller and cheaper variant: the Simagic Q1S.

I have been using the Q1S for several months now. So a good time to share my experiences with you. In this article I will take you step by step through my findings. Among other things, I tell you why I chose the Simagic Q1S. Is this one of the best sequential shifters on the market? This article answers that question. Are you curious? Then read on quickly!

Who is Simagic?

Simagic is a Chinese manufacturer of sim racing hardware founded in 2018. The company developed the first product and founded the company over a period of three years. It then spent another three years developing a full ecosystem. During this period, the company grew rapidly and introduced many innovations, such as wireless power supply and quick quick release, which is now the industry standard.

Simagic focuses on providing a great user experience. With a wide range of high-end sim racing products, the company has now become a full-fledged ecosystem as well as a serious competitor to the likes of Moza and Fanatec.

With premium and high-end products such as Alpha Mini Direct Drive wheelbases, FX Pro Formula Xtreme Pro, the P2000-R pedal set and the new Simagic shifter DS-8X shifter they have an ever-expanding range of premium sim racing hardware.

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Simagic Q1S review

The Simagic Q1S is the smaller version of the well-known Q1. This lightweight model offers all the essential functions of a sequential gearshift, including the neutral position. Designed specifically for use in racing simulators, the Q1S allows you to experience the full sensation of a sequential mechanical gearbox. In this they have absolutely succeeded!

This shift lever has a mechanical "dog-box" style mechanism. This innovative system gives you a solid feeling that lets you know the shift lever has done its job. This feeling and sound can be called sublime!


The shift lever has an adjustable spring tension. This adjustable cam system allows you to adjust the mechanical feel of the shifting system to your preferences. The Simagic Q1S sequential gear lever is made of strong 5mm machined aluminum and has a solid 78mm long handle. The design looks simple and sleek. The finish and choice of materials are fantastic. You can clearly see from the finish that you are dealing with a premium product and high-quality materials here.

There is a USB port on both sides so cables can be laid on the left or right side. I personally find this very convenient and cleverly thought out! Another great advantage of this shifter is that it is plug-and-play. So it does not require any software to work.

It comes with a 78mm handle as standard. Personally, I find this one a bit on the small side. An extra long 120mm handle can be ordered separately for around ? 30.

Key features:

  • Full aluminum frame and handle
  • Button lever for neutral gear
  • Adjustable resistance system
  • USB cable connection
Simagic Q1S sequential shifter

Montage and use

We have the Simagic Sequential Shifter Q1S on our Sim-Lab P1-X simrig mounted using the montagem material provided. Mounting is very easy with the included t-lock nuts and M6 bolts. Getting rid of the included USB cable was easy and quick because the Q1S is equipped with two crystal sockets. Then all we had to do was plug in the USB cable and we were ready-to-roll! My PC running Windows 11 recognized the shifter automatically, which is nice because you don't need any software packages or drivers.

What is the difference between the Simagic Q1 and the Q1S?

The difference between the Simagic Q1 and the Q1S sequential shifter is minimal. The Q1S costs ? 279 euros while for the Simagic Q1 you pay ? 399 euros. The only major difference between the Q1S and the Q1 are the dimensions and that the bigger brother has an LED shift indicator and three map-able buttons.

Why I chose the Q1S

After reading the necessary reviews on the Internet, my choice has fallen on the Simagic Q1S after all. The reason is the cheaper price, but also the many stories I read about the malfunctioning LED display. It does not sync in-game, which means there is a chance that the shift indicator is out-of-sync. I personally found this a huge disappointment and a missed opportunity by Simagic.

The map-able buttons have icons (light, neutral, wiper and a triangle) that are not customizable. This, too, I personally find unfortunate and a missed opportunity. These two cons made me decide to go for the Q1S and I haven't regretted this for a moment! I do not miss the LED switching indicator, since I use flag spotters. And buttons I also have more than enough since I use a homemade button box ?

Final Verdict Simagic Q1S

The Simagic Q1S is a great product and gives a lot of extra experience to racing in your simulator. I have to admit that I don't use it very often. This is not because I don't like the product. On the contrary! I mainly race in open-wheel, endurance or GT3 cars using the flippers on my car. Fanatec Mclaren GT3 steering wheel.

Every now and then I start up Automobilista 2, one of my favorite sims, and choose a car with a sequential shifter to go for a spin on the track! This puts a giant smile on my face every time. The throw and punch of the Simagic Q1S are fantastic, and the sound is a treat for your ears as well. Using a this sequential shifter gives you a tremendously powerful feeling that keeps all the brute force and horsepower on the track. This is truly a fantastic experience.

In terms of design, the Simagic is one of the nicest shifters on the market. Unfortunately, I can't compare the Q1S to other shifters (yet). Another plus of the Q1S is the dual USB port, so you can easily mount it left or right. And with the included allen key you can adjust the shifter in terms of sound and power to your personal preference. This system works very intuitively and pleasantly! As far as we are concerned, the Simagic Q1S is an absolute top!


  • Plug & Play
  • Simplistic and strong design
  • Dual usb port
  • Price
  • Switch sound


  • Relatively expensive

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Wilco Verhaegh

For over 15 years I have been a passionate sim racer. My love for racing, motorsport photography and gaming are boundless. I am also proud of my book "Mastering The Art Of Sim Racing," in which I share my knowledge and insights with aspiring sim racers worldwide!