The Casio Privia PX-850 Piano is the new flagship product in the Privia series. It provides you with top class piano sounds, and the feel of real piano from hammer response to damper resonance and lid simulation.
Easy to Use, Responsive Action, Realistic sound
Pedals are smaller compared to standard piano pedals, No built-in lessons
With the Privia PX-850 digital piano, Casio has attempted to give the user a more realistic sound and feel of an acoustic grand, by providing hammer response to keys to damper resonance and even lid simulation.
It's easy to assemble (you may require another person's help though) and has excellent sound quality, looks & features.
Those who have played a lot on proper pianos will find the pedals on the Casio PX850 to be smaller in size, compared to the size of standard piano pedals. That can be a bit inconvenient and will need time getting adjusted to. Is that a reason to complain? Remember, this one is priced around 1000 dollars.
Competition Check There was a time when the name "Casio" used to be associated with toy pianos, but no longer. In fact, one of the other option that you could consider is the Casio AP420 or maybe the more expensive Casio AP620. These Celviano series are designed like classic pianos, have better cabinet designs & color, and also come with built-in music lessons.
The PX-850 however is more of a performance piano (alternative for acoustic piano) and doesn't have built-in lessons. However, you can always connect it to a computer to work with music educational software, or connect it to iPad and use apps such as Home Concert Xtreme for lessons.
Another option to consider is the Yamaha YDP series. It's more of a personal preference, however within the same price point, you can expect a few extras from Casio. For example, if the YDP gives you 128 note polyphony, you can expect 256 from Casio.
You can go in for the more expensive Yamaha YDP-181 ($1699) but it has been around for some time and could be due for an upgrade. The new Casio PX-850, at this price point, however looks far more tempting (about 500 bucks cheaper).
If you want a much better product, then should probably look at the Yamaha Clavinova, but then they are quite expensive.
Same goes for the pianos in the Roland HP500 series and the Kawai CN series, which are better products, but priced well over $2000.
In case, you're looking for something slightly cheaper, the Casio PX350 is a good option to consider.
Piano Lid simulation If you're an experienced pianist, you're going to like this feature. You can get a much fuller and clearer piano sound by opening the lid (by lifting it).
The sound becomes better as it travels upward and outward, which is not the case when the lid is closed.
In this mode, the keyboard can be split into two equal ranges, which means the student and teacher can play the same song on the keyboard simultaneously.
A good feature to have for music lessons, in case you are a music teacher, or you have a piano teacher coming over to your place to impart lessons.
The The PX-850 is a great alternative to an acoustic piano, and comes with a powerful on-board speaker system, and a cabinet that opens providing a rich concert sound. Now you can easily fill the room with big piano sound.