Are you looking for a digital piano that is portable and yet produces a great sound? Don’t worry we’ve got you covered. The Casio PX150 is one keyboard that is not only portable with great sound quality but it’s also quite affordable.
The PX-150 is the predecessor for PX-130. Therefore, it adds more features to what was an already great keyboard. But what are these new features? And If you’re unaware of the PX-130 you might want to know all the features as well as our expert opinion.
So, to inform you about all the features we’ve compiled this Casio PX150 review, where we will break down every aspect and feature of this digital piano.
Update – There is a new version of this model – Casio PX160 with a lot of additional features.
Features Of Casio PX150:
Although the PX-150 is not a top-class keyboard it is still quite good given the price it is being sold at. You should only compare it with a keyboard that ranges from $500 to $1000, not above and not less.
While we all like nice and shining instruments, we know it has nothing to do with the performance. However, portability and compactness do matter and that’s what we are going to see for this piano.
The Casio PX150 has quite a simple yet elegant body. It comes in two colors; black and ivory white. It weighs a little over 20 lbs which is quite low for a piano of this category. It’s 52 inches long and 11 inches wide. Thus, depicting that this keyboard is compact and portable. You can easily carry it to and fro between your stage performances, your classroom, and your home.
The good thing about Casio PX150 is that it comes with a stand, the CS-67 stand which is a wonderful piece to have at your home. However, you might have to pay for the SP-33 three-pedal unit which does not come with the package included but works well with the Casio PX150.
Sound quality and memory
The Casio PX150 is equipped with AiR Sound Source technology which stands for “Acoustic and intelligent Resonator”. AiR is Casio’s proprietary sound technology that has succeeded in sampling and ensuring the realism of the sound produced.
The Casio PX150 is packed with 18 tones, of which 5 are acoustic piano tones and the rest are strings and organ samplings. These tones will allow you to produce music of various mixes. Furthermore, the Casio PX150 also has a 128-note polyphony which is not bad but could have been better. The Casio PX150 comes packed with 60 built-in songs.
All in all, we found the sound quality and the sound memory of the Casio PX150 quite impressive.
The Casio PX150 is a full-sized 88 key digital piano. To make the keyboard feel more real, simulated textured ebony and ivory keys have been provided. Professional players who have experienced acoustic pianos will tell you that this piano exhibit quite a good feel.
The Casio PX150 has weighted and graded keys, meaning that the keys have been packed with tiny hammers to add a bit of resistance to match that of an acoustic piano. You will also feel the difference of resistance as your move between keys of higher and lower notes. This has also been mimicked from an acoustic piano.
Furthermore, the label of velocity action being used to describe key action of the Casio PX150 is simply a fancy way of saying that the keys will produce a sound depending on how hard you press them.
The tri-sensor action is also not much different than the velocity action, it simply means that you’ll find the keys along the bass to be heavier but as you move towards treble, you’ll find them getting lighter and lighter.
The Casio PX150 has duet, split, and layer modes allowing users to divide the keyboard into two and assign them different instruments. This makes for an ideal student-teacher lesson.
The effects provided in the Casio PX150 are reverb (4 types) and chorus (4 types), which is all a musician usually needs.
The two 13 by 6cm speakers provided are 8 watts each and produce a good quality sound. Although the volume is not too high it can still fill up a medium-sized hall. If, however, you’re not satisfied, there’s also a jack for amplifier and external speaker. You can use an amplifier to enhance the sound to volumes so high you can keep the concert crowd hooked.
An even better thing that we found in the PX-150 is finding two headphone jacks. This is quite useful for a student-teacher session as both of them can put on their headphones during their lessons and no one around them will have to hear anything. A good headphone will allow you to hear and feel the very sharp nuances of the music being produced.
The Casio PX150 is also equipped with MIDI output and a USB port. You can connect the PX-150 with your computer or tablet without having to download any application or software. This is a very relieving feature to have and something most keyboards do not offer.
It’s also relieving to know that the Casio PX150 features an internal track recorder that can record up to 2 tracks with playback. With this feature in place, you will know that the music that you created during your practice sessions or stage performances will not go to waste.
However, we believe Casio could have provided room for more track recordings without any impact on the cost price.
Pros and Cons of Casio PX150:
As you have seen that there are so many things going good for the Casio PX150 but that’s not to say that the few cons that exist should be ignored. To make it easier for you to judge we are going to put the pros and cons into simple and short bullet points.
- Compact and Portable
- Good sound quality and memory
- Good key sensitivity
- Good enough speaker
- Fast and easy computer connectivity
- Two headphone jacks
- A stand included
- Internal recorder
- Equipped with necessary modes and effects
- Pedal not included
- Polyphony should have been 256 notes
- The recorder only stores up to 2 tracks (should have been more)
That’s pretty much it from our Casio PX150 review. As you can see that we had to look and be severely critical to find these cons. Even then they are no match for pros that the Casio PX150 has to offer. Either you’re a beginner or an intermediate player, this keyboard can work great for you, especially considering the price. Let us know what do you think about the PX-150 after you’ve read our take on it.