Are you interested in buying a piano but find yourself short of budget? Don’t worry. We have a piano for you that not only you can afford but will produce the sound that normally expensive pianos produce.
The digital piano we are talking about is Legato from Williams. This is a digital piano that’s one of the most affordable full keys digital pianos out there. To further investigate its features, we have brought you this Williams Legato III Review. So, stick to the end of this article and you’ll know for sure if this is the right digital piano for you or not.
Features Of Williams Legato III:
Before we dive deep down into Legato’s features, we want you to consider its price. In such a competitive market, having such a low price is a daring feat by Legato where its competitors are charging way more. Of course, this low price is going to come at some cost. What matters is how much and where does Legato gives up to stay attractive in this market.
Therefore, we hope you keep the bar low as you go through the various features of this keyboard.
Since we know how important the aesthetics of an instrument is, especially for beginners, we are going to start from it. Yes, it’s only the beginners that compare Pianos or any instrument for that matter based on their looks. Professionals know that the way an instrument looks is much less essential than how it performs.
Now that you’ve been informed about the validity of aesthetics, we will brief you about it. The Legato is 50-inch-wide and 11-inch-deep, which is fairly small for an 88 key digital piano. This size is adequate for placing on a table or desk.
The weight of William’s Legato keyboard is approximately 25 lbs. Therefore, this is a lightweight and portable piano, that can be wonderful for you if you’re going to be carrying it around.
The problem with the aesthetics of this keyboard, however, is that its body is made of cheap plastic. The keys and the overall body look cheap and is fragile. Not only will the look turn you off but if this fall, the chance of breaking is relatively higher. So, if you’re looking forward to buying this keyboard keep this aspect in mind.
Sound is a very decisive factor when it comes to screening a musical instrument. For professional musicians, the sound is what makes or breaks an instrument and not aesthetics or fancy features.
Since we’ve already told you to keep the bar low, you’ll find the sound of the Legato better than you had expected it to be. The sound of this keyboard is not unrealistic at all. In fact, it’s pretty fine for a keyboard of this price. If you’re starting to learn to play the piano, then this is good enough for you.
The Legato features five built-in sounds including the organ but has missed out on the sound of the strings. This seems like a blunder on William’s part as string sound is needed more often than that of an organ.
Another drawback of this keyboard is featuring only 32-note polyphony. This is way less than what you can get from other pianos and you’ll reach maximum polyphony by doing almost nothing. Williams could have done much better without any added cost.
When it comes to touch sensitivity, the Legato is again mediocre. It has semi-weight keys, which is not as bad as a toy or weightless keys but lacks the resistance of fully weighted keys. For a beginner, this is good enough especially considering the fact that this is an 88 key digital piano. Other digital pianos of this price range will not even provide a full 88 key digital piano but a 61-key piano.
Another feature lacking in the Williams Legato III is that the keys are not grated. What this means that the high note keys have no difference in resistance as compared to the low note keys. For a professional, this is a big turn off. Entry-level keyboards of other brands feature grated keys.
Like the rest of the keyboard, you can’t be expecting a lot from the control panel. It has a basic interface with all the knobs and controls you need to access different functions. However, it does feature a music rest, a USB port, and MIDI output.
The drawback here is the lack of any display or recorder. This is a huge piece of the puzzle that’s missing because not being able to record your performance is frustrating.
Another drawback is the lack of dedicated ports for speakers, headphones, or amps. This is again very frustrating as you’ll have to decide if you’ll be using the speakers or the headphones. You can’t use both at the same time.
Some sellers will provide you with a sustain pedal included in the package whereas others may charge separately. However, you’ll always receive 6-D batteries and an AC adaptor for charging. If you live in an area where power outages are common than this may be a lifesaver for you.
Williams Legato III Overview:
Pros and Cons Of Williams Legato III:
Since you’ve gone through all the features discussed in our Williams Legato III Review and seen for yourself that this Keyboard is being sold on the premise of affordability. We would still breakdown the features into pros and cons to make it easier for you to decide if its worth your money or not.
- Compact and affordable
- Satisfactory sound quality
- Full-size 88 key piano
- Power backup
- Cheap body and keys
- Only 32-polyphony
- Missing strings sound
- Keys not grated
- No display or recorder
- No dedicated ports for speakers, headphones or amps
As you can see that there’s a tie-up in the pros and cons of this keyboard. This is due to the fact that the piano is being sold at such a low cost and therefore, it features a lot of trade-offs. However, if you have a tight budget and your kid is insisting you buy a piano for them, then you can go with this one. The Williams Legato III a good learning piano.
We hope this Williams Legato III review has answered all your concerns about this piano but if it has not, let us know in the comment box below and we would love to answer them.