Very lightweight (weighs less than the stand that it sits on), has 61 keys and you can split the keyboard into upper and lower p
Very lightweight (weighs less than the stand that it sits on), has 61 keys and you can split the keyboard into upper and lower parts with different sounds. It also has preset drum kits which are useful for practicing but otherwise too cheesy. It also has a record function (with no memory), one finger chords, and an arranger with "intelligent melody" that together with the preset drum kits will take you into cheesy nirvana, but none of that is of interest for the serious player. Oh yeah, it has midi in and out as well. Effects are reverb which is not adjustable but does add some roominess to the sound, and chorus which is also not adjustable. there is also a modulation button (vibrato) and pitch shift buttons (no wheels) that are pressure sensitive.
It has 176 sounds. All sounds are preset samples that cannot be tweaked but some do have preset variations. The sounds are pretty good but that is an objective opinion. I use the piano, electric piano, organs, bass, string and orchestra, and sometimes some of the more exotic "ethnic" sounds such as sitar, or brass synth. The sounds are split into 2 groups a and b. Each group has 8 sections, each section has 8 sounds. The sections are A)piano, Chr perc,organ, guitar, bass, strings, ensemble, brass, and B)reed, pipe, syn lead, syn pad, syn sfx, ethnic, percussive, and sfx. The keys are touch sensitive (velocity) and although made of plastic the mechanics are stable and well made and very playable but not heavy like a real piano. You can also attatch a sustain peddle.
I have gigged with this keyboard many times and will continue to do so because it doesn't weigh much but is rugged and reliable and makes great sounds and is a pleasure to play. The only drawbacks are some cheap electrical components such as the on off switch (mine is now permanently on, just switch off the 12v power supply), and a short electrical pulse (like hitting the keys randomly with both hands) that happens every time you turn some other piece of equipment on or off. this could probably be fixed by changing a capacitor in the power supply or in the power cicuitry or by using a regulated power supply or a power surge protector, I have never bothered fixing this but just turn the volume down before I plug something in or out.
Ease of Use:
Very straight forward and easy to use, especially if you ignore all the cheesy arranger stuff and extra features that are useless anyway. The keyboard is lightweight but durable, and produces some excellent sounds. Built in speakers are okay for the living room but through the right amplifier it will rock the house and is a pleasure to play.