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Here we are reviewing music keyboards that come with built-in rhythms, also known as styles. These are perfect for beginners looking for their first keyboard and experienced players who have grown up playing electronic keyboards and now wish to upgrade to a better instrument.
We will look at keyboards of various sizes (keys). So we will look at 61 keys, 76 keys and 88 keys keyboards. And for the sake of completeness we will talk about mini keyboards as well (less than 61 keys).
Casio CTK-2100 61-Key Portable KeyboardThis is one of the best choices for piano beginners out there with some cool feature-set. You get 61 touch keys and hundreds of voices and styles; to be more precise you get around 400 tones and 150 rhythms, USB port, an audio-in jack that lets you play along with your favorite songs. Good stuff for an entry level keyboard i would say. You also have the step-by-step lessons to help you revise your learning. This is available in a bundled package and comes along with power adapter, closed-cup headphones, and single x-braced stand.
Casio SA-76 44 Key Mini Keyboard
Perfect for the beginner, especially children, but can be used by adults as well. Perfect for your music school as well as you can buy several pieces and use them for teaching keyboards. Features include 44 mini keys and easy-to-read LCD display which shows the useful song data selections. It comes with 100 sounds, 50 rhythm patterns, 10 Song Bank tunes which is good enough considering this is a mini-keyboard. Also includes phrase-by-phrase practice feature to help you learn the built-in songs with ease.
Yamaha EZ-200 61-Key Lighted Keyboard
A good beginner keyboard with 61 Full Size Touch Sensitive Keys. The built-in songs can be learnt easily using the lighted keys mode. Addition features include 32 Notes of Polyphony, 367 high-quality tones, and good sound quality. Ideal for beginners who want to learn to play keyboards.
Yamaha Piaggero NP11 61-Key Compact Keyboard
Don’t want any of those hundreds of voices and styles? This is a good option in that case, if you just want 61 keys for piano practicing. Again, you don’t get real weighted keys but these are good for practicing. You get Easy access panel with dedicated buttons for each Voice (10 voices). 32-note polyphony is sufficient for any pianist to play and sustain notes naturally.
Casio Privia PX-130 88-Key Digital Stage Piano
This is a value-for-money 88 key digital piano with exceptional sound quality and sleek looks. The Tri-Sensor scaled hammer action keyboard gives you the perfect piano feel and at less than 25 lbs. it is quite portable. You get 128-note polyphony and 16 tones (with layer and split). You can use it at home, church or school. One of the best-selling portable pianos out there.
Yamaha YPG-235 76-Key Portable Grand Piano Keyboard
One of the most value-for-money keyboards around, you get 76 piano-style keys with graded soft touch action, which is not really weighted but good for playing most piano songs. Additional features include Backlit LCD, panel lights, pitch bend wheel, 6-track sequencer, USB & Flash ROM to download new Songs and Styles for playing. Unbelievable functions packed in this keyboard for this price.
Yamaha Piaggero NP31 76-Key Portable Keyboard
This is similar to the NP11 that we talked above, but this one comes with 76 keys so you can play a larger variety of songs. This does not come with the several built-in styles and voices, but has just electric piano, organ, harpsichord, strings and the vibraphone sounds.
Yamaha P95B Digital Piano
This is the perfect 88-note, GHS (Graded Hammer Standard) weighted-action keyboard that any serious pianist would need. You get authentic keys and an excellent piano sound. Additional features include 64-note polyphony, 10 Voices including Grand Piano, EP, Jazz Organ, Choir and Strings (no built-in styles) and around 50 built-in piano songs. Perfect for serious piano students or experienced pianists.
Probably you may have expected this; the recommended models are all from Yamaha and Casio. But then they do really dominate this segment and have some excellent products in the home keyboard segment.
The keyboards and pianos that are mentioned here are unlike synthesizers and do not give you lots of editing features. These contain more of acoustic instrument sounds and some cool backing accompaniments. I have also listed lots of models that come with just the piano related sounds minus all the accompaniments; suitable for those who are looking for a piano for practicing
The products listed here are for home use, and most come with digital features such as built-in sequencer, midi and headphone connectivity, and can also be connected to external amplifiers.
If you are seeking a portable piano, then you will definitely need a good piano style pedal for better playing. A stand and bench are other accessories that you may consider.
Essential AccessoriesPiano Keyboard Stands
| Keyboard Gig BagsKeyboard Cases
| Power AdaptersHeadphones
| Sustain Pedals
| Expression Pedals Piano Covers
| Piano Benches & Stools
| Piano SuppliesCasio Keyboard Accessories
| Yamaha Keyboard Accessories
Piano Keyboard PricesBest portable piano keyboard Under 200 Dollars
For beginners & hobbyists to get you started with learning to play the keyboards. Budget keyboards from Yamaha and Casio, you will find keyboard pianos ranging from 61 keys to 76 keys. Suitable for both - kids as well as adult beginners. Read more...
Best music keyboard Under 500 Dollars
For intermediate/experienced players, serious learners and hobbyists. These keyboards can be used for songwriting as well because of their variety of built-in styles, to quickly come up with nice sounding tracks. Read more...
Best digital arranger keyboard for under 1000 dollars
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