The 5 Best Portable Keyboard Piano Under 200 Dollars
The 5 best portable keyboard piano under 200 dollars for
beginners, learners and hobbyists.
Are you a beginner keyboardist or a hobbyist, or someone who wants to gift a decent keyboard to your near & dear ones?
In that case, you may not want to spend a lot of money on buying a top-end music keyboard, which actually makes sense too.
We are talking about beginner keyboards here
, and believe me, though these are entry level keyboards, they have a lot more functionally, compared to what was available on keyboards several years back.
In terms of brands, the offerings in this price range are from Casio and Yamaha, as you would have rightly guessed.
But what should one choose
We already have lots of informational articles on this site, so do feel free to check them out.
But if I had to choose, here would be my options
. Most of these come with useful bundled accessories.
There are more than 5 that fall in this budget actually, may be I should have another article that lists the keyboards under $100.
5 best portable keyboard under 200 dollars
Without Touch Sensitive Keys
- The following keyboards do not come with touch sensitive keys
- These cost less, almost around 100 dollars
- Some have mini keys, and less than 61 keys
- These are good for exposing your kids to electronic keyboards
Eventually however, as your kids show more potential, you will have to get a music keyboard with touch sensitive keys. To begin with, to test the waters, and just for fun, these are good enough.
Casio SA-76 44 Key Keyboard
A new introduction to the Casio keyboard family and is already a best-seller. It comes with 44 keys, is portable, has several tones and styles.
The 44-key Casio SA-76 offers all the essentials required for playing those first tunes. 100 timbres, 50 rhythms and 10 integrated songs provide variety. The display helps with selecting and calling up the different music options. An excellent keyboard for your kids
Keep a good piano learning book for kids
handy for revising important topics.
Casio LK-165 61-keys
This one doesn't come with touch-sensitive keys but has 61 full sized keys that can light up. If your little one is showing interest and if you think he/she is not going to like the smaller sized Casio, a 61-key keyboard is a good keyboard to use.
This one is fun to play as the keys light up, makes it easy to learn the built-in songs. It has a decent sound quality and comes with several voices, styles, and features, and kids (and even adults) will like it.
For just over 100 bucks
, you are getting 61 keys with good features, and useful accessories.
Touch Sensitive Keys
Yamaha EZ-220 61 Key Lighted Keyboard
- These come with touch sensitive keys
- These have slightly better sound quality
- These are priced upwards of $100 and closer to $200
To someone grown-up but more serious about music, the Yamaha EZ-220 61-key lighted keyboard from yamaha makes much more sense, because of the built-in lessons and the fun element because of the lighted keys. If you're an adult, you'll like the overall sound quality of this keyboard. This is your opportunity to own a music keyboard from Yamaha (if you prefer Yamaha) with a much better sound quality. The lighted keys add to the fun.
This lighted keyboard also makes it easy to play songs, just select one of the built-in songs and the keyboard will light up the key that you're supposed to play. In fact, the song will actually stop and wait for you to find the correct key! It has touch responsive keys, 100 built-in songs, built-in metronome and reverb effects. Read more...
Casio CTK-2300 61 Keys Keyboard with USB
A better value-for-money proposition, with better features, that will suits adults as well is the Casio ctk-2300 keyboard that comes with 61 touch sensitive keys. It comes with 400 tones, Step-Up learning system, 48-note polyphony, 150 rhythms, 110 songs, 10 digital effects, USB MIDI. Voice Pad allows you to play sampled sounds; connect CD or MP3 player for practicing along with favorite songs. Read more...
This is true value-for-money. An excellent touch sensitive music keyboard to begin learning, with few advanced features as well! You will need an adjustable Single-X Stand
for your keyboard.
In case, you are not a big fan of Casio, then you may consider the yamaha ypt-320
that comes with more or less similar configuration.
Casio CTK-4200 61-Keys Keyboard
The Casio CTK-4200 is a keyboard with 61 touch-sensitive Keys, and has enhanced tools and instructional features that makes it suitable even for amateurs and the intermediate keyboard players, besides the absolute beginners.
This has several great features such as 5-track sequencer and more, but still not really meant for gigs. If you're looking for some pro features, then you may check it out
Music Keyboards with 76 Keys
Casio WK-225 76-Key Keyboard
- Now you even get keyboards with 76 keys around this price range
- These are perfect for those who fancy playing some popular piano pieces
If you think you'll be playing a bit of classical stuff as well, then you should consider this excellent 76 key Casio keyboard, that not only gives you 76 keys but also has all the voices and styles that you find on digital keyboards.
The Casio WK225 Electronic Keyboard offers great tones, sampling, and lessons in one great keyboard! This WK225 is amazing! Casio is showing how much they can fit in to this keyboard while offering at a price that makes it impossible to turn down. Get learning and start playing fast with the Casio WK-225's integrated Step Up lessons, Auto Harmonize, and Music Challenge. Read more...
This is your opportunity to own a music keyboard with 76 touch keys, and that too within 200 bucks.
Consider getting a keyboard bench
and an external sustain pedal
to make your playing more pleasurable.
Yamaha YPG-235 76 Key Keyboard
Price: $240 to $260
The Yamaha YPG-235 Portable Grand Piano features 76 Graded Soft Touch action piano-style keys that are perfect for the beginner to the expert. A USB port is also included allowing you to download new Songs and Styles for playing. The interactive lesson feature lets you set your own tempo so you can progress at your own speed. A 6-track sequencer allows you to record your own music. Read more...
Though over 200 bucks, it's from Yamaha and has a good sound quality.
To complement the looks and also to make your playing comfortable, you may get yourself an adjustable X-style keyboard bench
and an external sustain pedal
Casio WK-500 76-Key Keyboard
Price: $280 to $320
The Casio WK-500 is another 76-Key Keyboard (priced over $200) that comes with workstation like features (although not a pro keyboard) and can be used for home studio use, open-mic performance for an audience (connected to a good amp/PA), education/classroom applications, or simply for pure musical enjoyment, Read more...
Perfect for the Initial Years
In the first couple of years when I was learning to play keyboards, I have used keyboards that were inexpensive. I was not sure at that time if I would be able to play keyboards and wanted to concentrate only on learning.
In fact, my first keyboard was a Casio mini-keyboard. It was only after a couple of years I bought a Yamaha PSR keyboard.
On this page, we discussed the top 5 portable music keyboards sold by various manufacturers, available for less than 200 dollars.
If you're in the market for a budget portable keyboard, you may wish to consider these models.
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