If you’re in the market for an acoustic piano alternative, you might be looking for the Casio PX160 review.
Casio has used all of its accumulated knowledge to stuff the PX160 full of features while keeping it lightweight and portable.
Although an entry-level Casio keyboard, its authenticity and style make it hard to fault.
Below, we’ll look at it in more depth so you can find out if it’s right for you.
Casio PX160 Review in Details
The Casio PX160 is an 88-key Casio keyboard with Tri-Sensor Scaled Hammer Action and simulated ebony and ivory keys. The unit comes with two headphone jacks, USB ports, an SP-3 pedal and music stand. An AC adaptor is also included.
The keyboard is also protected by a 3-year warranty, which is a fantastic selling point.
Let’s start with the first things: setting up!
This Casio keyboard is apartment friendly, measuring in at 52 x 11 x 5 inches – surprisingly compact for an 88-key keyboard! It’s somewhat heavier than the PX150 model at 25.5lbs, but it’s light enough to set up alone.
The keyboard is prebuilt, so you only need to attach the stand, music sheet holder and plug to make it ready for action.
The PX160 has a sleek, minimal look, without any of the visual noise and clutter that marks some other keyboards. The keyboard is a dignified matte black, so it looks classy and goes with just about any decor.
Using the keyboard with Windows is a cinch – Windows auto-detects and installs the keyboard as a MIDI device. There’s no messing around with drivers, just plug and play USB. The USB connector also allows the device to be paired with smartphones and tablets.
Ease of Use
The Casio PX160 comes with weighted keys, so the playing experience is different from some other Casio keyboards. The resistant and heavy keys create a genuine piano feel to the whole arrangement, so anyone looking for this kind of fidelity is sure to be pleased with the result. The keys are even graded so that lower end keys are heavier.
The key weight can also be adjusted for responsiveness and velocity, as well as a Hammer Response simulator that can be adjusted to once again capture the full acoustic piano experience. Key action is relatively quiet for a budget electric keyboard, so there’s little to distract from your sound.
The keys themselves are simulated ebony and ivory. Again this adds to the genuine piano feel. It also helps avoid finger slippage for smooth playing. Like the rest of the keyboard, it also looks classy and elegant.
The unit also comes with an SP-3 sustain pedal.
Controls for the built-in functionality are easy to use, based on either a standard key-press or a combination function key model. The controls are relatively simple, so it’s easy to acclimatize to them through use.
The main panel features the power button and volume dial. This is followed by a bar of functionality buttons, including recorder controls, the metronome, and acoustic set-up to access the 18 built-in tones.
An automatic shutdown feature is a great addition for the absent minded. It shuts off the piano after a certain idle period, preserving energy.
On the whole, this Casio keyboard gives the impression of being far above its price-point. Its combination of many small features all make one excellent, budget-friendly package. It’s not just a good cheap keyboard, it’s a good keyboard period.
This Casio keyboard comes with 60 pre-programmed songs for backing purposes. The songs can also be split to play assistance, allowing them to be used for lessons.
The sound quality is excellent. The speakers are set up in such a way that you’ll get a different acoustic effect if the unit is placed up against a wall compared with in the open. This is a smart piece of engineering that gives the player more control over their sound. This is a strong contrast to competitor models, which often feature downward-facing speakers.
It also comes with possible storage for up to 10 songs of around 90/kb per song. Combined with the MIDI functionality and easy connectivity, there’s a lot of functionality for users wanting to record and play their own music.
A fantastic duet function allows users to split the keyboard into two full chromatic scales, allowing a duet. It’s an excellent feature, whether you use it for performances or piano lessons.
An array of voices are available, and these can also be split between the left and right hand. They can also be layered, to allow the same key to play two different voices.
These features are great news for the user experience. This level of customizable functionality allows the keyboard to be useful in a huge number of ways, from multi-layered songs and self-accompaniment to duets and piano lessons.
- Range of features doesn’t compromise lightweight design
- Authentic acoustic piano feel, including weighted, simulated ebony and ivory keys
- Minimalist control panel and matte black appearance give a stately and elegant appearance
- Easily connects to PC and smart devices
- Great sound quality
- Customizable playing experience thanks to layering and duet functionality
- Budget friendly
- Included pedal is a little weak
- Not a great investment if you own a PX150
- Quality of included sounds can be variable
Conclusion – The Best Budget Casio Keyboard?
Wrapping up, it’s hard to fault the Casio PX160 as an alternative to a traditional acoustic piano. Almost every feature is designed to authentically emulate an acoustic, from the ebony and ivory keys to their weighted response.
At the same time, this is married with all the functionality of a keyboard. Its easy interface is powerful for wannabe composers. It also pairs just great with Windows, allowing even greater user control.
Although the included sustain pedal is a little weak, it’s a fault eclipsed by the sheer engineering finesse on display.
That Casio has managed to cram in all the functionality of previous models without sacrificing its lightweight form is a technical feat. It’s sure to be appreciated by pianists working with limited space or looking for something transportable.