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So-so piano. Better options are available
on September 21, 2016
This digital keyboard is both inexpensive and unimpressive. It's not terrible, but you get what you pay for.
The feel of the keyboard, while advertised as "semi-weighted," is cheap. The keys are plastic and spring back like organ keys. It is far from feeling like a piano or demonstrating "hammer action," but it is perfectly playable and even expressive. It does feature the full 88-key range, and the keys are full-sized, which is a bit rare for a keyboard in this price range. It has good velocity sensitivity for dynamics.
The sound is another issue. In the mid-range, the piano sound (which is really the standard by which one should judge a digital keyboard) is fine. But in the top octave, it's hard to listen to. The decay on the top notes turns into a harsh, high synthesizer sustain instead of a piano sound. It's more apparent if more than one note is hit.
The low end reveals the limitations of the small built-in speakers. It is not particularly deep or resonant, and the player will never be lost in the illusion that they are playing a real piano. Of course, it sounds better with good headphones or running the RCA outs into a PA system. Overall, the volume of the keyboard is fairly quiet; I don't think it could be used to accompany a live singer or even a small choir without a PA.
One really nice thing: It's a true stereo keyboard, so the low notes seem to emanate from the left side of the instrument, the high notes on the right side, and the mid tones are right in the middle. It's a nice illusion of reality. Note that this happens only on the piano sound, not the synth.
The other sounds are limited and uninspired. The organ sound is kind of a swirly wurlitzer/hammond sound, but there is no tone wheel or any way to change the speed or depth of vibrato. It's one unalterable sound. The same can be said for the other sounds: the electric piano is so-so. The synth is abrasive and unchangeable, and the bass sound is plunky and synthy. Layering of sounds is easy though: just press two buttons together to get two sounds at once.
The piano does not come with a sustain pedal, but there are some affordable options on Amazon. I recommend the style that looks like a piano pedal, not the ones that are just a square trigger. The Cherub WTB-005 is $15.00 or so and is just fine.
Usability is a real mess here. Whatever features this keyboard has beyond just selecting an instrument and playing are difficult to manage. Even the metronome does not have an obvious way to change the tempo or volume. Without the user's manual, you will be lost; every function involves putting the keyboard into "Advanced Mode," then pressing combinations of the piano keys to make the changes. Except that there is no labeling on the actual keyboard to tell you what the keys do; you must consult the manual. Here's an example of how to change the tempo of the metronome, right out of the manual: "Press the Metronome and Lesson buttons at the same time to enter the Advanced Function mode... Use the keys marked TEMPO + or TEMPO - to adjust the tempo value." The problem here is that NO KEYS ARE MARKED. The supposedly marked keys are C5 and D5. The manual goes on to explain how you can also use the keys to type a number (G5=5, B5=9, etc.). So to use this keyboard easily, the user will need to apply a strip of white tape to the keyboard and label each key with the Advanced Function.
For a beginner (or for a child learning to play) this may be a good. There are few distractions here such as numerous annoying "demo" songs, drum-kit sounds, microphone samplers, etc.
This is not a pro instrument, but it is adequate for light home use or for a beginner. I would not consider taking this to a gig; it just seems so lightweight that I fear it is not durable. Time will tell. The weight, while a bonus for many users, is actually so light that the piano slides, and feels unsteady even on a sturdy professional stand.
PROS: Cheap, easy to use, very lightweight and portable. Full 88 keys with USB Midi and decent RCA and headphone outputs.
CONS: Sound quality, speakers, cumbersome advanced usability, no included sustain pedal.