For what it's supposed to do, it does it really well. I can even have some fun playing the piano, with some restrictions.. It's very similar to a weighted keyboard, meaning fully weighted keyboards are just as fake and disappointing. : } They don't feel like a real piano at all. But compared to an average, non-weighted keyboard, this is much better, it's actually a pleasure to play. Compared to a concert piano.. it's nowhere near. I tried many keyboards, in various stores, from various manufacturers.. digital pianos, synths, usb, and none were weighted to feel like a real piano.
The keys are a bit noisy, especially if you play forte, but nothing out of the ordinary.. probably softer than other models in fact. I can't really compare properly since I don't have another one here, and I don't remember very well [it's been a while since last I used a similar keyboard]. In any case, if you use them with headphones or you turn the volume high enough to have decent sound output, the noisy keys are not an issue anymore.
I like that it has piano-like keys, not thin/tapered keys. I dreaded those.
If you want aftertouch and more control over the DAW, get a fancier keyboard. A few more buttons for communicating with the DAW would have been nice to have. You can do this via the advanced button but it only enables some of the low-range keys to trigger the DAW, which.. dunno, might work for some, I won't bother because I really need those keys. And I prefer to automate that by hand, later, in the DAW, and focus on playing. Anyway, I'd much rather pay for really good weighted keys, rather than any extra fancy buttons.
I also thought 5 octaves would be more than enough for basic input btw, I used 5 octave keyboards before.. I kind of forgot how small these are. They're kind of enough, but barely, and not at all ideal for playing the piano or any wide-range instruments. On the flip side, 5 octaves fit well on my desk, or close to it, they don't take a lot of space, and the keyboard is slim and light.
At this price I'd say it's perfect. : ]