If you love the art of using the piano keyboard to make music or getting it to get yourself in the rhythm, then you know the pride of owning one. Getting a piano in your living space is not a small investment, and it involves a big decision that will stay with you for decades if not years. That is why even for those of us playing it for leisure will find it difficult to settle on the best piano keyboard.
Technology has changed the way we do things, and pianos have been affected too. Now, you can own an electric piano that imitates the traditional one with more advanced features to excite the playing sessions and also be compatible with the current gadgets. On the other hand, manufacturers are coming up with all sorts of fake and real pianos making it harder for customers to come up with a reliable working solution.
That is why we came up with a comprehensive review that will shed light on the most effective electric piano keyboards brands on sale regardless of the price. Here, cheap does not mean low quality; your budget should not be a restraining order from expressing your love for this beautiful instrument.
23.8 x 2.2 x 8.3 inches
3.6 x 11.5 x 50.5 inches
Power adapter or 6AA batteries
16 x 46.4 x 5.4 inches
PA150 power adapter or AA batteries
33.5 x 13 x 4.7 inches
Power chord or 6 D batteries
35.5 x 17.1 x 10.7 inches
Power adapter or 6 AA batteries
3.5 x 50 x 11 inches
AC power adapter or 6 D batteries
14.4 x 55.1 x 5.4 inches
We start with a piano that suits everyone who needs to train and get their tones right. Casio SA76 represents one of the cheap piano keyboards that you can purchase for your kid who wants to practice. Since the construction places it somewhere between a toy and a real piano, anyone deciding to follow their icon prodigy can use the small-sized keys among other features to make the most out of their ability.
On this piano, 44 mini-sized keys are suitable for small-sized fingers. With some bright colors to make it recognizable, it is easy and fun to use according to customers who already own it. The buttons are visible and easy to operate which includes a big orange button which that allows you to switch between Grand Piano and Reed Organ sound. Also available is a melody on and off button.
As you press the keys, the sound representation is done on an LCD screen where you can view the playing notes. If you still don’t know what you are doing, this is a perfect way to introduce yourself to notations. Playing gets more fun when you use the five percussion pads which are dedicated to drum sounds. If you are using the keys, someone else can jump into the beats to make it lively.
The inbuilt software carries ten songs that you can choose to listen or play along. There are also 100 sounds and 50 drum beats, so you have a wider range of sounds, from pianos to saxophones. There are those of us asking if you can fine-tune the keyboard. Yes, it’s possible if you follow the guidelines to do it but the range of tuning is ½ a step which is very small. That means you need several increments to note a change in the pitch.
Other features on this piano include a headphone jack that you can use for those private sessions, and it operates on a 6 AA battery pack. That’s great since you can practice anywhere since it is also easy to carry.
“I purchased this Casio model after retirement to work on the harmonics for the new compositions I have been making now that I’m not working. It has small keys, and I find that adorable apart from having everything set for easy use. While I don’t regard it as too professional, it is a good tool to work on the sounds and control the volume. I also love the presence of headphone jack and batteries that allow me to practice in the backyard and do something constructive for an hour or so. It does not come with an adapter, but I have no problem with that. Once I get a bigger one, I’ll present this to my grandson who seems to follow in my footsteps.”
Here is a powerful electric piano for sale that has more features than the substitutes used for training purposes. Alesis Recital is among the beginner types but with 88 keys on the electronic keyboard, you will be impressed after seeing the length you will go towards making superb sounds. Here are the outstanding features that make us place it at number two.
First, it has a sound delivery that you can’t compare with amateur types. All keys are full sized and semi-weighted to give in to soft or hard play. Including a touch response makes all the interested users customize their personal needs when producing the sounds. As you play, there are five built-in voices to make your performance a worthwhile. The curated voices include electric, acoustic, bass, organ and synth. The need to customize the sounds is enabled by the recital’s layer mode which allows you to combine two sounds at once for an impressive, rich tone.
Using such a piano requires some skills to make something out of it. If you are still in the training period, the keyboard comes with personalized education essentials to keep training you until perfection arrives. To make teaching interactive, the included metronome is adjustable, and there is a lesson mode that allows students and teachers to watch and play together. Another feature that makes it interesting is the inclusion of 128-note polyphony which makes the sound enticing.
Whether you want to train privately or connect to other compatible devices, Alesis Recital got you covered. Personal sessions can utilize the headphone output, and the manufacturer also includes a pedal input. You can go ahead to connect mixers and recorders via the RCA connection. More to that involves the USB. We all know how important this digital connection is and here is a piano that will allow the use of a PC or laptop via the USB-MIDI connectivity. With that, it is possible to utilize virtual instruments or educational software.
The power source is what makes pianos portable or not. First, you can rely on the dual voltage input that allows 110V and 220V specifications if you need to plug it in. When you don’t have a power source near you, there is a space for 6 D batteries that will enable you to play in the tricky environments. Once you get this Alesis model, you get an additional Skoove 3-month premium subscription for interactive piano lessons. What a great way to start!
“Getting an 88-key digital piano was a great stride for me, and the sound quality humbled me. It cannot be compared to the high-end types what my expectations undermined what it can do. I’m a piano player and after getting this new release, here are the things I noted.
First, the sound was realistic, and I loved how it worked on the timbre. I like the full-sized keys since they are stable and very responsive. I played with it for two hours after it arrived and that is what made me recommend it to all players out there who still cannot afford $1000 pianos. Using the layer mode was super easy, and the velocity of sensitivity was more than reasonable. This is definitely worth investing in, and the price is great if you consider what’s included.”
What do you know about Yamaha? While it has been a reputable brand that puts quality first over everything else, many products have come out of their line and pianos are among them. If you look at many other reviewers, they will have more than one Yamaha piano model, and that says a lot about this company. Here, we selected the YPG-235 grand piano and it an electric piano that many teachers and students recommend. This is the reason why?
It comes with 76 keys that are weighted to give a soft touch when doing those incredible performances. The wealth of ingenuity applied can be noted via the level of resistance these keys give you. Playing is supported by built-in software that carries almost 500 voices, 30 preset songs, and 160 preset styles.
If you are a learner, Yamaha gives you Y.E.S (Yamaha Education Suite) which represents an advanced set of learning tools that come with the instrument to show you how it’s done. Professionals and teachers utilize this piano when teaching or advancing their playing realm since there is a considerable amount of keys to do that.
When it comes to connection, the piano uses the modern digital means, a USB. This is great since it becomes compatible with your computer and the music software in use. There is also a headphone jack if you need to listen to yourself only and the stand will make sure the sessions are not interrupted by a wobbling device in play. The only flaw here is that you cannot connect to external speakers unless you have an external amp to take care of that. On the other hand, the speakers on the piano are designed to give you a high output, and they are at both ends of the instrument. If you have trouble setting up, there is a manual for you to guide you through and it’s simple to understand.
When powering it up, you can use the AA batteries, and Yamaha recommends Polaroid AA batteries for better charge input. You also have the option of using a PA150 power adapter, but you get it separately. Some customers complain due to lack of such accessories especially after looking at the price which can accommodate $10 items.
“This is a great piano keyboard for trainers and professionals too. While the sound is excellent, the weighted keys do not match what the real pianos represent but practicing with it is worth it. If you are starting, this is a good option for you, but due to some limitations such as powering (you need to purchase an adapter or the batteries) and searching for a better sound, the DGX-660 model would be much better. The manufacturer should add a power supply on this model during purchase. Otherwise, it can be a hustle to get one if you don’t want to use the batteries.”
For all kids and beginners out there, here is something that will play like a piano and teach how to play one too. RockJam 54 is a portable electronic keyboard that comes with 54 full-sized keys that do not have the sensitivity that you might be looking for if you were advancing.
What makes it be on our list is the compatible nature that the design incorporates to make it a handy instrument that you can move despite the largeness. Others will tell you it is quite small since the high-end ones like Alesis have 88 keys. Some of the features included are the mandatory speakers on both sides for sound output which is quite loud. The headphone jack is also a standard one that does not mute the speakers whenever you need some quiet sessions. If your kids demand to use, it has to be a time when you can allow some noise here and there. Nevertheless, connecting external speakers is also possible.
At the top center is an LCD screen that displays the pressed tones. You can use it to teach yourself by pressing keys to see the displayed chords and the beat point. In the recorded sounds, you get eight demo songs, 100 keyboard sound effects, various teaching modes and 100 rhythms that you can choose to accompany your songs. If you feel like changing the sound, there are eight percussion sound effects to choose.
To make it user-friendly, at the front, there is a music reset where you can place your tablet or iPad during practice. That gives you a hands free control and all you need is hands on the keyboard following the tutorials. The main reason why we are recommending it to all learners is that it comes with an iPad app that contains 30 free songs plus educational tips to keep your skills polished as you train. The educational tool has been ranked number 1 by students in 12 countries so why don’t you join them?
“This is a good training piano that you can purchase for kids and young youth who want to train and have some piano skills. My daughter likes the app, but there are some things she complains about. First, the keys are not weighted at all, so you don’t get to practice on sensitivity, and that requires some extra cash if you want such features. Second, the headphone jack does not mute the speakers, and that is something the manufacturer has to address, otherwise, with the current technology, it’s almost pointless. The sound is okay but still off if you compare this with pianos that are more than $200. We however like the music stand which gives you easy practice time. My advice to the designers is that you can add some features to make it livelier for a few extra cents. The price is okay, but the same cannot be said of quality.”
If you are searching for something simple but will deliver the output with more features than some of the pianos we have reviewed above, Hamzer 61 will take care of your piano lessons or recording among other applications. The 61 keys give you the piano feel, but this electronic keyboard is not weighted. According to reviewers, the keys have a toy-like feel that is springy.
If we look at the range of sounds it can give you, the built-in speakers will allow you to listen to 255 timbres, 255 rhythms, the 61 keyboard percussions, and 24 songs for demonstration. You can decide to connect it to external speakers via the headphone jack which is also suitable for the private session when you need to plug the headphones that come with it.
Beginners and those not looking for an expensive option will find this piano much better since it has the versatility of learning tools that enable the amateurs to acquire and polish up the skills. Apart from the wide range of sound options, there an LCD for the settings and there is a music sheet at the front for the tablet and all those tutorials you are looking forward to.
What you can do is pretty much with this keyboard despite the relatively friendly price. Since it is designed for master finger control, players can work on single-fingered and fingered bass chords, be able to select the timbre, make or edit a rhythm, and utilize the vibrato, ensemble and sustain effects. More features include the fill in, rhythm synchronization, tempo adjustment, accompany and master volume control.
You get more from the Hamzier. Apart from the additional headphones, you can also record a live performance via a microphone that has a 4-feet chord that you can connect via the audio input. The favorite part is the stand and stool. Not many of our selections are offering this, and that’s kudos for the manufacturer. If you bought this piano, then you have everything sorted if you still didn’t know where to place it while in the house and what to sit on. The stand has three adjustable height lengths so you can choose your level for comfort. They include 22, 24 ½, and 27 inches.
You have the option of using the piano with 6AA sized batteries which you have to buy separately if you need it while traveling. For powering up options, there is a 110-120V adapter for the wall plugin that some of the customers have complained of missing whenever the package arrives.
“I purchased this digital keyboard to familiarize myself with piano concepts. Since I’m also a busy person, I was looking for an average-sized keyboard that is budget friendly, and I found this one suitable since it also comes with more than the keyboard. Trying it a few times was great, and it works just as they say it will. My main problem is the keys which possess a toy-like feeling, and I know a professional would say that the moment they landed on my equipment. Otherwise, it has everything to make it work and stay. I did not have a table, so I appreciate the stand inclusion. Mine did not come with the power adapter for the wall extension so, they should make sure it’s there when shipping since they have mentioned it in the description.”
It costs you more than most of the piano keyboards that we have already reviewed, but it is an affordable substitute to the high-end ones. Williams Legato is an electric piano keyboard that comes with 88 semi-weighted for soft and loud plays whenever it suits. You are allowed to play five prominent sounds which include the piano, electric piano, synth, organ and bass with the help of 6 D-sized batteries or a power chord that is not included in the package.
When utilizing the built-in metronome and sound effects, this legato model contains a split/layer functionality that will give you the desired output via the speakers. You, however, need to note that the speakers are not that effective if you need a live performance. They call for external speakers’ connection which is possible.
With the option to play with five sounds, you can select one of them, and the layering specification allows you to use to voices at the same time or assign each of them to the left and right speakers. The volume control function allows independent volume adjustment which means the split sounds can have a varying volume.
When it comes to compatibility, you have the option of connecting the speakers or headphones via the available jacks or use the USB MIDI connections if a computer is involved. Also, at the front top, there are holes to hold a music reset for a tablet or iPad holding.
Lastly, where we thought the power chord would be was a foot pedal that you can connect whenever you need to. Other accessories are sold separately, but Williams has a package for that to accompany the piano keyboard at a fair price.
“I could not afford a traditional piano so, I decided to check for something that was below $500. I found Williams Legato on a Black Friday offer so you can guess how lucky I was. After trying almost all night, I began to love it. I’m using piano sounds for now since I don’t care much, but I’ll keep learning the rest. This is a keyboard that will introduce you to the piano world since the features plus semi-weighted keys are made for that purpose. The feeling is not that of a grand piano, but you will want it due to the low price of an 88-key electronic keyboard. If you want something affordable for the family as opposed to an instrument meant for Carnegie Hall, this will suit everyone in the house.”
Last but not least is one of the masters in the piano realm – the Roland RD-800. For all those professionals looking for an electronic keyboard stage piano with a supernatural sound among many other supportive features that a qualified piano keyboard must have, this one will take you to the next level. The only major flaw that piano enthusiasts will observe is the high price that is almost unreachable if you are finding an instrument for regular use only. The current pricing is for a used one so, getting a new one means higher. Now, let’s get to the specifics.
This piano boasts of having a SuperNATURAL piano engine which combines with high-end sounds that acoustic pianos deliver. Using it enables you to use a wide variety of audible voices for that live performance, and they include a grand concert tone that was gotten from V-Piano grand, upright tones and the list is endless.
Apart from 88 weighted keys, this piano has more to set it at its rightful place. First, it is a PHA-4 concert keyboard that incorporates an escapement with an ivory feel. The touch technology takes your piano skills to the next level, thanks to the weighting that allows soft and loud plays at will. With such a piano, all the sounds are customizable for performing, but for them to be heard, you need an external speaker connection or headphones.
In the piano, you get 1100 sounds for that versatile output, and this includes the vintage keys, virtual tonewheel organs, and modern synth. What the player here has is the capability of using the rich reverbs, delays, and modulation FX among others. More to the package includes a sustain pedal that you can find as another handy item. The only issue with this piano is the need to connect it to an output.
“This keyboard will make you stick to it for a long time. It is not too heavy even with a ‘shocking’ price, and there is much on it to practice. I went ahead to get familiar with the samples and being able to manipulate them was one of my joy sources. There are fantastic results once you decide to layer and that is why I recommend it for studio performance. The only issue with this instrument is that it needs an external output and the price is quite high. If you know that upcoming wealthy musician out there, trying to get some equipment, this one can come in handy.”
Now that we have gone through the electronic keyboard reviews, there are some considerations and general knowledge to gain before selecting the ultimate piano to train with or advance your career if you are into it. While construction and sound production are the same among keyboard instruments, we need to be aware of the different types of digital pianos not to mention how the digital version is different from the acoustic piano.
Here is a guideline for you to understand what we have just reviewed and it’s here to provide you with the necessary information needed before selecting the final product.
The styling on digital types differs, and you should know about them as you look forward to making a decision that works for you.
The presence of a grand piano is overwhelming starting with the beauty. Since the acoustic pianos go-ahead to cost an arm and leg, digital grand pianos are the next best option. They are however still more expensive than other types we are going to describe below.
Their performance imitates what an acoustic type will give with more features to gain from. It is one of the main reasons why professional pianists will choose them over acoustic. When it comes to size, they also vary in that. There are full-sized grand pianos that take plenty of space. If you have a limited area where you are meant to store one, there are mini-grand pianos to cover for that.
To summarize, grand digital pianos will have all the features that a digital piano must have.
There is a difference between stage pianos and portable ones, but we are going to address them together since stage types are also mobile-enabled. For the stage ones, they don’t have built-in speakers which means you have to get an external output. While that can be a flaw to customers, people who go to live performances find this as a suitable option since the production is maximized for external output. On the other hand, portable types have built-in speakers, and we have plenty of them in our reviews.
Since stage pianos are concert dedicated and such, they don’t come with stands or cabinets to make them lighter when moving. So, assembling them and vice versa takes minutes to do it if you are always on the clock.
All types, both portable and stage dedicated ones will make use of amps, external speakers among other devices that can be hooked in to liven everything up. While they come with the portable specification, some of them have weighted keys to give you the feeling of an acoustic one.
Apart from performers, people with limited spaces will find them much better. Students training themselves don’t need the advanced types so, this is an excellent option to go for. Also, if you are fond of traveling and don’t want to leave the piano behind, portable ones will be the best option.
When this name comes to your mind, you settle on the traditional piano that is your grandma’s place or what you used to see when growing up. Digital upright types take the shape of an acoustic one.
While they might appear bulky in nature, they are smaller than grand digital types, and they have varying sizes so again, it all depends on space here. These types come with 88 keys, a music desk, a cabinet, and an accompanying lid. You need to place them in cabinets, and they also contain a 3-foot pedal. Most successful musicians use them in their performances, but it takes time and proper care to put them there and move. If you are doing this, piano movers will come in handy.
Well, what we have here are pianos that go by the rule of electricity. The difference between electric piano keyboards and the acoustic types is dominant, and it varies on some aspects. Portability is one of the major issues. People will opt for the digital one since it is easy to move when compared to an acoustic substitute. The latter is tedious to move especially if you use it upstairs.
Acoustic pianos are prone to damage while in transit due to their bulkiness and many desire to keep it in a fixed position. Digital counterparts will have an advantage over acoustics when it comes to private practice. Unless your space is soundproof, acoustic pianos will always make noise, and they have nowhere to hook in some headphones among other capabilities. Digital types will utilize the current technology to make your playing session a worthwhile. So, if all the rest need some quiet time, digital pianos will offer that.
One more thing, tuning is an unknown vocabulary in digital pianos. Also, there is little maintenance for the digitals. For acoustics, you need a professional tuner to do the maintaining work at least twice per year – it depends on how much you use it. Since it requires someone to do it, that calls for more costs.
It is a good idea to think about the space your piano keyboard is going to take. Always check the dimensions of your suited choice to make to room for it. If you live in limited areas, get some slim options to counter for that. They will look cool too.
We cannot stress the importance of portability if you are on the move most of the time. If you are one of those who needs to take it to performances or training sessions outside your home, then portability should be one of the top priorities. On the other hand, if you want one to sit around in a particular dedicated space, then there is nothing wrong with going for the 88-key featured pianos with bigger dimensions if you have space and money to do it.
Depending on how much you want out of a piano, some have 88 keys, others 76, among other varying amounts. It all depends on how large or small you want your keyboard to be.
You can have fully weighted keys, semi-weighted keys and those that are not weighted at all. The best electric keyboards will have the fully weighted feature which means there is a more significant response when it comes to lower octaves which matches what the acoustic pianos give. The higher the rate of touch sensitivity, the better the keyboard at playing lower and upper tones. Low-quality pianos have keys that are not weighted at all.
Acoustic pianos will sound higher or lower depending on how hard you press the keys. For electronic keyboards, you have more such as bass, drum, and percussions. You can also customize the sound by using more than one sound and also make use of external output or headphones depending on the occasion.
It is a matter of preference that drives us to buy what we are looking for. There are cheap piano keyboards and expensive ones like Roland. What you buy depends on what you need your piano to do. Pricey ones will have more features and quality sound. For those who are training or need something to use during leisure, you can go for a lower cost piano then advance to an expensive one once you know what you need the keyboard for.
Electric pianos will comes with some ports to support connection to other devices. These days, they will have a place for the headphones, microphone, external speakers and USB for the computer. The links you need depend on what you will be using the piano with.
If you are a beginner or someone advancing, it is a great idea to have your first recordings stored somewhere to refer to them as you train. In performances, this is something that is almost inevitable since you want to keep your track and you need something for the memories.
Technology has provided a way to train yourself using the built-in learning tools and apps that you can use on tablets or iPads. They are useful to all beginners and piano students out there.
Investing in the best piano keyboard comes with various aspects to consider as we have already seen. Digital pianos are better than acoustic ones since they are not affected by weather conditions, and you don’t need to tune them once in a while. Digital types also incorporate many features that lack in the former.
Whether you are a skilled player or learning the ways of making great music, there is a piano for everyone. You just need to check your needs such as how long you will be using it, where you will be moving to and how much space is it going to consume among other things. It is advisable to check the features you need but make sure what you get is convenient for you as you advance your skills.
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