Top critical review
22 June 2018
I'll try keep my points concise and highlight the main aspects.
As an 88-key digital piano, it certainly is that, however, not without it's faults.
But first, the positives:
- relatively cheap
- full of adjustable features such as adjusting the touch responsiveness, transposing the keys, etc (See manual for more info)
- good for beginners
And that's about it.
The negatives by far outweigh the above:
- The piano is described as semi-weighted. This is not true. They do provide a (slightly) stronger resistance that you would fine from a toy/cheap keyboard, however, the keys have nowhere near weight to be considered semi-weighted.
- The key to a successful digital piano is for it to produce a similar auditory experience you find with a real acoustic grand piano. In the world of digital pianos, this is achieved by a process called sampling, where a real piano's sound is recorded onto the digital piano for replication. However, the replicated sound on the Alesis is not at all as a piano would sound. It's noticeably lacking in depth.
- The above point prompted me to test the sound through headphones instead of the built-in speakers. This only uncovered yet a deeper problem. There is a lot of feedback noise from the piano once the headphones are plugged in; there is an almost constant beeping.
Why you should buy this product?
If you're desperate to try an 88-key piano on a tight budget.
Why you shouldn't buy this product?
For it's price, you can find alternatives that would be more satisfying (I exchanged my Alesis for a Casio CDP-130 [88-keys, 48 note polyphony (edit: the Alesis has 128), fully-weighted, approx. same price, etc.])
I would strongly recommend staying clear from this digital piano as it is simply not up to standards it ought to be.