Great practice digital piano
First off, this was my first purchase from Sweetwater in which I bought very huge packaged items. The items got to my house in one big box ridiculously secure. So thank you Sweetwater for making my life easy.
Now let's get to the review.
This is the Casio PX-150. I am usually a yahama guy and needed to find a keyboard with the smallest width, and this one came to mind. Do not get me wrong I played on privia's before, and loved it, that's why I went with this one.
When opening it up, you see you are very limited what you can do. You have basic functions and a 2 track recorder. You have 2 phone ports, a damper pedal port and a USB port to use midi on a computer. This is not a big deal since this keyboard is for PRACTICING, NOT PRODUCING. If you buy this with an expectation of being a great production board, you will be extremely disappointed. All I needed was a place to practice on, and this board serves more than its purpose.
The keybed of this board feels great. I played on MANY boards that all had different feels. I also play on acoustic Grand Pianos, so I am diverse on the feeling of these instruments. When playing the Privia, I was impressed, the keys feel really great. If you close your eyes and feel the keys, they feel really natural. You actually have to press down with some strength to play just like you would on a Steinway. Casio got this down. Then again, I was always attracted to privias due to the key feel, so I always expect this from Casio. And the keybed feel was one of my top factors in purchasing a board.
Now there is some cons. I am truly NOT feeling the piano sounds in this board. To me (this is very subjective!), there is a level of warmth missing. At first this will bother you, however, after playing it for a while, it wasn't much of a big deal. But be prepared. Otherwise I'll live.
You also have to wait for this guy to 'boot' on. It is really short time to wait, however, I expect to turn it on and just play. This gets to me a lot, and I feel like it will take me a while to get use to. Once again, not a big deal cause you are going to wait like 30 seconds, but just keep that in mind.
Now for the small cons. The buttons and knob on this board feel cheap, I would not bang away on the buttons, just be mindful. The damper included feels cheap, I will buy another one in the future. This is not a big deal since I thought the keyboard wouldn't come with a damper, so I am content.
Bottom line, if you are looking for a board to really practice your skills, buy this board with no hesitation, it will truly fit your needs! I couldn't be happier what I purchased.
If you are looking for a board with midi ports, an advanced sequencer, tons of production ready sounds, and tons of outputs, this board is not for you since it is NOT intended to be that.
Once again, great Keyboard Casio! I haven't felt really confident in a purchase in such a long time!