Product Reviews (11)
Casio PX110 - best for the price
Strengths: Affordable, two-headphone jacks, scaled-hammer action, 8W speaker
Weakness: More midi features and tones would have been added
I was considering to buy a keyboard for my piano lession under $1000 budget limit, and ended with this Casio PX-110 model. Other candidates were Yamaha P-70, YGP-625, and Kurzwell SP-88.
Key actions were almost same, P70/SP-88 sound slightly better to my ear, and YGP-625 has much more features and tones, but I couldn't persuade myself to pay $200-300 more for that difference.
By arcadiac - Jun 15, 2007
Perfect Combination of Quality and Price
Strengths: Great sound, good scaled-hammer action, two headphone jacks, excellent price
Weakness: still getting used to it, however other pianos seem to have more features. also, the included plastic pedal seems a little flimsy
This is the first full-size digital piano I've gotten. It is worlds better than the cheap electronic keyboards I'm used to. This piano has a brilliant, realistic sound and feels just like a real piano. Like I said earlier, I've never had one of these types of pianos before, so I was surprised at how big it was: 51-1/2 inches long. One thing that especially attracted me to this one is its appearance. It has a sort of simple and elegant look to it--it's not weird looking, with a lot of clutter. It has 10 different voices to it, but the grand piano voice sounds the most realistic to me. It comes with a music book of 59 different popular piano songs that are also programmed into the piano.
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By crm810 - Aug 13, 2006
Strengths: Affordable, good quality instrument. Very nice action.
Weakness: Not a lot of features.
If you are looking for an inexpensive practice piano or a very lightweight portable stage piano, this is an excellent buy. You simply can not buy a fully weighted 88-key keyboard for less than this. You will not find a better action or sound for less than $1000.
This piano is the replacement for the Casio PX-100 and its main improvements are an improved action and an improved piano sound. The action is heavier than the old PX-100. It is also a heavier action than the Korg Triton or an old Roland I play at church. In my opinion, the action was more realistic than either the Roland or the old PX-100. Compared to the Korg, it is a toss-up as it is a matter of personal taste on what type of feel you want in the instrument, which is also the case with acoustic pianos.
With that said, keep in mind that no digital piano will ever give you the nuance and subtlety that a real acoustic will. Some much more expensive digital pianos come closer, but you might as well buy the acoustic at that point. For beginner to intermediate players, this is an excellent piano to buy if you are on a budget or have limited space requirements.
While the instrument is MIDI capable, it lacks some of the MIDI features and voices of other instruments. However, for most entry-level users, its capabilities are more than sufficient. The piano sound is good, but not as good of the more expensive instruments. I felt that in the upper and lower ranges, the sound was outstanding, but the middle still seemed slightly electronic to my ear. I was impressed by the vibraphone and pipe organ sounds, but felt that the harpsichord could be better.
As a doctoral student in music, whose primary instrument is not piano, I was looking for an instrument that was portable, affordable, had a realistic piano feel and sound, and was MIDI capable for computer notation and sequencing. This keyboard met those needs.
By Bargugl - Feb 7, 2006
Nice price for short term usage
Strengths: reasonable hammer action, small, light, sounds great in headphone, and reasonable priced
Weakness: Speaker problem happened once but can be fixed by power-off for few sec; mechanical noise from keyboard especially running fast scale (hide by using headphone)
Piano is my major instrument which I have been playing for 22 years and got a recital performance grade more than 11 years. I have an upscaled acoustic piano in my hometown but cannot afford to buy another one while working overseas. I got this piano for 2 months and so far, I enjoy a lot to play it in my leisure. I am happy that I can keep practicing at late night after work without disturbing my neighbors.
I spent couple of months to do research and compare those digital piano in show room before choosing PX110. This is reasonable one which shows hammer action and cheaper price than other brands. It performs good enough (personally I feel even better than playing Casio PX700) if you only want a piano for practice with proper scaled-hammer-action and sounds for short-term useage (I am not sure the durability of that brand), that is more than enough.
The speaker got a minor problem (sounds different from normal) once but I could fix it by power-off (hopefully, the dust cover may help to improve). The other weakness of this keyboard is which generates some mechanical noise while playing fast pieces (e.g. Chopin Impromptus). It is quite annoying to hear the mechanical action sounds apart from the keys. However, while using the headphone instead of speaker, it is fine.
Personally, I think the grand piano 1 sounds great in headphone. The digital effect can make the tone richer or easier to reach the perfect tone than while playing in acoustic piano. This is the pros and cons of that piano. I would recommend this piano for beginner or grade 1-5,6 players, or leisure player. However, I doubt that can improve the skill (e.g. touching and tone expression) of intermediate and higher grade candidates, who still need to prepare the piano exam, may not know whether that is the digital effect or their own skill to make the tone rich. For professional leisure player, you can adjust your touching and force to improve the tone and expression. That won't be a big problem.
Overall, I like that piano which not only safe space and my money but also give fun for my leisure.
By Bmoron - Jul 24, 2006
Very good digital piano of fully-weighted keys
Strengths: good sound, good scaled-hammer action, good weighted keys, affordable price
Weakness: some noise when I hit the keys with strength.
This is my first digital piano. I used to play acoustic piano at my university, and now I want to buy a digital piano so I can play it at home. The fully-weighted keys and scaled-hammer action are really great for this product at this price. When I play it, I feel like that I am playing an acoustic piano. It is really a good product for one who wants to play piano while do not want to spend too much money. Also, with this piano, I can change the volume or wear a headphone so I will not disturb others while playing the piano.
The only weakness is that there is some extra "beating sound" when I hit the keys with strength(maybe acoustic piano also have this problem, but I have not noticed that since the sound of acoustic piano is really big), as we know, we put much strength in our figures when we play the pianos. But if you turn up the sound or wear a headphone, this problem is solved.
In conclusion, this is a really good piano.
By phythe - Oct 17, 2007
Great for the money
Strengths: reasonable priced, scaled-hammer action, light, nice piano sound
Overall, this is a great digital piano in this price range. I would say for 400 bucks this is the best you could get. and Casio is an international brand. the hammer action is very close to traditional piano, but not exactly the same. the sound is above average, I feel it is better in the headphone than through the speaker. there are two headphone jacks which is great for sharing or playing together. the pedal comes with it is weak, i bought a piano style pedal which is much better for 20 bucks. so it is not a major complain. another good thing is it is very light!
By lisacai - Jul 10, 2006
Strengths: feels great, good quality, good sound
Weakness: not many features; piano is light but doesn't feel like it should be carried around many places
I was looking at the Yamaha P60 and P70 piano, but ran across this piano while I was browsing at Guitar Center. This was $200 cheaper, yet the feel seemed just as good to me. The P60 definitely sounds a bit better, but if you're looking for a basic--but good sounding--piano that feels like one too, this is perfect. I would definitely purchase this over the P70 though, while the P60 is better than both of these. The Casio does exactly what I want and was much cheaper than what I was expecting to spend, so for the price I definitely have to give it 5 stars.
By terthen - Jun 7, 2006
Great Student Piano - you may think about it
Strengths: Full 88-note keyboards, Weighted Graded Hammer Action, Adjustable Key Sensitivity, and most important - really Attractive Unbeatable Price
Weakness: No cover and have to unplug the AC Adaptor when not in use. Otherwise, it's quite hot after a short while.
The piano was bought for my 5-year-old son to learn. His instructor was insistent on him having a real piano to learn on. Since I get my son a piano class just for leisure and not think much that to instill him be a pianist, I was looking for an economical alternative. That would not only save money and space, but also not that “hurt” when he finally gives up. Initially I was checking information and comments on Yamaha keyboards which recommended by my friend. However, having searched more, I found that there are many positive comments on Casio’s. With the key features: full 88-note keyboards and weighted graded hammer action, its price is more attractive. Just $400+ in Amazon. It’s unbeatable.
It does a great job. Its real piano sound and incredibly realistic piano action experiences the feel of playing an upright one. I would recommend it to anyone looking for a piano but cannot afford an acoustic one. This is an excellent student piano. It has 11 excellent tones, Reverb, Chorus, and adjustable key sensitivity. It’s simple that even my 5-year-old kid can know how to record and play back his practice without reading the manual.
By bbmum - Apr 19, 2007
Strengths: Piano action, attractive look, simple to use, price
Weakness: A bit heavy, not too many bells and whistles
This keyboard is a great product if you're looking for a digital replacement for an acoustic piano. It has realistic piano action and the added benefit of several built in additional sounds - harpsichord, organ, strings - as well as the ability to use headphones and automatically transpose music. I bought it to replace a grand piano that I had to sell because I didn't have room for it in a new house and I'm completely satisfied. It does have some mechanical thumping noise from the keys but acoustic pianos have a certain amount of mechanical noise as well. Since I will mostly use it with earphones for my own pleasure, I don't expect this to be a problem. For those wanting to use it for gigs or for involved orchestrating, it might not have enough options but it suits my needs perfectly at a very fair price. It's attractive and doesn't look or feel cheap. It is a bit on the heavy side for much moving around but that's to be expected for a full 88-key instrument.
By klaokie - May 21, 2007
Strengths: Remarkably good tone and key action. Lot of nice features. Beautiful design and styling. Great value for the price.
Weakness: The keys make a mechanical thud every time a note is played. This is quite annoying but headphones minimize the problem.
This is a terrific product and is perfectly suited to casual playing in the home. The grand piano sound is lovely, very realistic. The action of the keys is nice but there is a mechanical thudding sound every time a key is pressed which is irritating, especially in quiet passages. This problem can be fixed by turning up the volume or using headphones. I like this keyboard a lot more than the Yamaha P70. A great product for the price with a lot of useful features. Highly recommended.
By ZenVortex - Mar 26, 2007
This is keyboard is exactly what I...
Strengths: Portable, feels like a real piano, has all the bare-bones voices you'll need: 4 piano voices, harpsichord, vibraphone, two organs, strings, and bass guitar. Worth the money.
Weakness: Doesn't have any ways to hook up to an amp and speakers that I could see, and built-in speakers tend to distort if played too loud.
This is keyboard is exactly what I need. I'm a college student majoring in music, and piano isn't my main instrument but I'm trying to learn to play it better. This fits right in my dorm room, and feels enough like an accoustic piano that I build good habits. It's also great as a composition aid; I personally just use it to play out parts, but it also can hook up to any notation program through a midi cable
By anonymous; - Nov 8, 2006