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Generally good, but a few flaws in design
on 20 January 2012
I have bought Korg Nanokey before, but a few keys fell off. Then I decided to try this product, as it is cheaper and reviews are good. While Korg Nanokey has toy-like keys that looks like spacebar cut half and put vertical, this ION Discover Keyboard has a real keyboard feeling with a much better touch. But the drawback is, it is also a bit bigger than the Korg one, a bit longer than my 13" Macbook and almost double as thick. It looks similar to Akai LKP25, but I haven't tried Akai before so cannot compare.
The bad thing is installation. It said it is plug-and-play on both windows and mac. But I have problem trying to install it on my macbook (snow leopard). It doesn't recognize the keyboard at all. Then I saw the other comments and tried to install it on Windows first (luckily I have both system installed). After restart, I could finally detect the keyboard in Mac, and use it with any music softwares, although it doesn't appear in the Audio-MIDI setup. (Normally an icon should appear.) Also note that the two programs, pianissimo VST plugin and the education program are also for Windows only.
The package is badly designed (transparent plastic cover on top and a big card board behind the product). I must tear it off to get the product inside, meaning that the package cannot be reused. While Korg Nanokey has a very nice tiny box that I can carry in my backpack easily. I have to find another box to protect it as I carry it a lot from home to school. Hope the company can improve the package. But for such a price, it is a real deal.