Electronic Keyboards from Amazon.com
Electronic keyboards come in all shapes and sizes, and they can be used for a variety of musical styles. Here's a quick rundown of our top 10 keyboards.
Most electronic keyboards have 61 keys, which make them a little shorter than the standard piano, and the two most recognizable names are easily Yamaha and Casio. The first one on this list, the Yamaha PSR Series PSRE433 is the priciest, but it is easily the best one in terms of sound quality and functionality. If you like your keyboards looking like an aircraft's controls, this is the one for you. Just make sure to buy the separate A/C adapter.
The Casio CTK-3200 is a solid performer in terms of price. The sound lets this series of portable keyboards down a little, but the number of options included is pretty solid.
Electronic keyboards don't come much better rated than the Casio CTK-4200, the upgrade to the 3200. It's lighter and has slightly more tones available, giving you more flexibility. It's also only a little more expensive, and it runs off AA batteries instead of Ds.
The Yamaha PSR Series PSRE233 is a solid performer, and its price point ensures it leads the group. The cheapest of these four keyboards, it features solid sound and good touch response system. Again, make sure you buy the AC adapter and throw in a sustain pedal at the same time.
Other options might include mini electronic keyboards, digital pianos, and full-size keyboards. Let's take a look at these.
Mini electronic keyboards generally have 49 keys. For us, the choice basically boils down to price: do you want the mid-range CME UF5, which comes with most the features of regular electronic keyboards or do you want the lower-end eMedia My Piano Starter Pack, which is basically a cheap keyboard for kids.
For 88-key electronic keyboards, there is one brand that usually stands up above the rest: Korg. The SP170s is by far one of the better 88-key electronic keyboards you'll use. However, don't discount the Yamaha YPG-535, which is generally lighter, although the sound quality isn't always as consistent as the Korg.
Digital pianos usually merely mimic piano sounds rather than provide a full range of brass, woodwind, and percussion, and the Yamaha DGX640W does this fairly admirably. It's hard to find a decent electronic keyboard with good weighted keys, but it does achieve this aim nicely. The Casio Previa, however, has a slightly lighter feel but the sound is better, so it wins this battle between the two electronic keyboard giants.