01 Oct Casio Digital Pianos | REVIEW | 18 Models | Lower Prices Here!
5 important tips to know when shopping for a new Casio digital piano:
1. The Casio company has been in business for nearly 70 years and they are located in Tokyo, Japan where their pianos are designed so they have decades of product designing and manufacturing.
2. There are currently a total amount of 18 Casio digital piano models for 2020 including full furniture cabinet and portables and they are built for beginners all the way up to advanced pianists so they make a wide range of product to accommodate the musical needs of all piano players
3. Casio piano products are known to offer the “biggest bang for the buck” in the lower price ranges under $2000
4. Casio has 8 “furniture cabinet” 88-key digital pianos with built-in sliding key covers starting at $699 price for the entry-level model and going up to $5,999 price fro the top advanced pianist model. Those pianos are called PX-770, PX-780, PX-870, AP-270, AP-470, AP-650, AP-710, GP-310, and GP-510.
5. The Casio digital pianos have a 3-year and 5-year factory warranty depending on the model and they are very reliable overall.
Casio GP-510 Grand Hybrid digital piano | REVIEW | $5999 store price | The new Casio GP-510 Grand Hybrid digital piano in polished ebony cabinet finish replaces the previous GP-500 and there have been a few notable improvements to to the new model including a better internal speaker system, an upgraded piano sound chip, upgraded dynamic tonal and volume response, and improved sustain and decay time. The other features of this new model stay the same as in the older model which include the 256 note polyphony chip, 35 instrument sound library, ability to split & layer sounds, MIDI and wav file recording and playback, and a variety of other functions and features. The “star of this show” however is the wood key action movement. Casio teamed up with the famous Bechstein grand piano company in Germany which has been producing high end concert grand pianos for centuries and the Bechstein company designed and implemented this special wood grand piano type key action in the GP-510.
The key action also is connected to unique proprietary resin hammers that physically move up and down like real grand piano hammers to give counter-balance to the keys. There are no strings in this piano so the hammers do not actually touch or hit anything…but they do move and give the key action a more realistic “feel.” A lot of advanced pianists have commented on how much they like this key action since it was also in the former GP-500 and many people have played and own that model. So Casio used that same key action in this new GP-510 but improved the “piano sound” portion of this model as I mentioned earlier. It is also important to note that the GP-510 is not available in any other finish or color other than polished ebony but it does look very elegant in that shiny black finish. We believe this GP-510 can definitely go up against the higher priced Yamaha, Kawai, and Roland home digital pianos in the same price range. This model is brand new so should be out in its current form through at least 2021 and probably well beyond. If you want more info on this model then let us know and we can direct you to a more detailed review that we have.
Casio AP-710 digital piano | REVIEW | $2499 internet price – The new AP-710 replaces the previous AP-700 and is a brand new model and should be out for the next few years. The AP-710 is upgraded much the same way that the GP series has been upgraded with better piano sound chip, more tonal dynamic range, better pedal sustain and decay time, and more bass frequency. Essentially, the AP-710 is a GP-310 in a different, lower priced cabinet with Casio’s fast moving and responsive plastic key action and no moving hammers. The speaker system in the AP-710 is 60 watts going through 6 speakers as opposed to the GP series with 100 watts going through 6 speakers, although 2 of the 6 speakers in the GP series are larger speakers able to carry the bass frequencies a bit better. However the AP-710 puts out more than enough quality sound for most homes and rooms.
The buttons and user display screen in the AP-710 are in front of the player above the center of the keyboard as opposed to the GP series user interface control panel which is located to the left of the keyboard. Some people will like the location of the control panel better on the AP-710 and other will like where it’s located on the Grand Hybrid series. Basically, new the AP-710 is the same exact piano as the GP-310 including having the same 256-note polyphony stereo piano sound chip with 3 separate grand piano recorded samples of the German Steinway grand, Berlin Bechstein Grand, and the Viennese Bosendorfer grand, all 26 of the same instrument sounds, along with other functionality. The 3-sensor plastic key action with the synthetic ivory and ebony keytops in the AP-710 is actually pretty good and comfortable to play and is also weighted and graded nicely in movement up & down.
I believe a lot of people can be happy with this new model because it has the better, more accurate piano sound with a nice key action and pedaling response, and is focused on the “piano playing experience, but at a much lower price than the GP-310. The AP-710 is offered only in matte black textured finish and comes with a height adjustable bench and 5 year factory warranty. This is a brand new model so will likely be around for the next few years well past 2021.
Casio AP-650 digital piano | REVIEW |$1899 internet price – The Casio AP-650 has been a popular seller for the Casio company over the last 5 years or so. It would seem like a digital piano that has been out for more than 5 years would have been replaced by now with a new model. But that’s just not always the case and this is because occasionally there is a digital piano that is way ahead of its time when it first comes out and is considered a “big bang for the buck” because of all the features and functions it has along with offering a very good piano playing experience in an attractive looking cabinet with a large built-in speaker to deliver that sound. The Casio AP-650 is that kind of digital piano and no other top brand has anything like this model including Yamaha, Kawai, Roland, Korg, and others.
With a 256-note polyphony stereo piano sound chip, a 3-sensor piano weighted and graded fast moving key action with synthetic ivory & ebony keytops, 250 instrument sounds, 360 interactive rhythm and style arrangements, a 16-track MIDI digital player/recorder, 1-track wav file audio recorder, 16-track General MIDI song player, “jam session” play-along progressions, LCD user interface with dedicated panel buttons for easy access to functions, 60 watt, 4 speaker internal sound system, speaker projection lid, and a big variety of additional features and functions in a very attractive matte black cabinet with front stabilizer legs, a large music rack, and sliding key cover, the Casio AP-650 still put out a lot of music for all skill levels under $2000 for the way it sounds and what it does.
It also has lots of connectivity features such as USB output to device, USB flashdrive input, audio outputs, audio inputs, dual stereo headphone jacks, and standard MIDI connectors. In other words, there really is no reason to discontinue this model because it still has advanced digital piano features that many other digital pianos still do not have along with being at an affordable price of $1899…and it comes with a matching height adjustable padded bench and 5 year factory warranty with in-home service…it doesn’t get much better than that, unless you spend a lot more money.
Casio AP-470 digital piano | REVIEW | $1499 internet price | matte black, matte walnut brown, or matte white | The AP-470 could be called the little brother to the new $2500 AP-710 but with a lower level piano sound chip, lower level internal speaker system, and lower level functionality in a slightly smaller, but attractive furniture cabinet with built-in sliding key cover. The key action in the AP-470 is very similar to the higher priced AP-710 and they both have a 256-note polyphony piano sound chip. The AP-470 is till a current model and we expect it to be available all the way through 2021 and beyond as it is a very popular model in its price range and typically gets sold out do to that popularity.
This model is built to primarily focus on the piano playing experience without many extra “bells & whistles” added like you would find on the AP-650. The AP-470 comes with 22 sounds including a specially sampled New York Steinway grand piano sound with 256-note polyphony and it really does sound great coming out of the piano’s 40 watt, 4-speaker sound system and the sound being projected through its open lid “sound projection” system. This piano has 2-track MIDI recording for left and right hand along with audio wav file recording and you can record and save your music on a USB flash drive to play the music at a later time. You can also download piano (MIDI file) music from your computer and save it to a USB flash drive to be played through the AP-470 so you can play along with that music at any tempo and learn to play new songs that way.
The AP-470 can also be controlled with the color touch screen on your iPad or Android tablet using the proprietary Casio Chordana Piano app which is a very cool feature and not available for the AP-650 or AP-710. When it comes to getting a new digital piano for under $1500 in a nice looking cabinet with front support legs and complete 5-year factory warranty with in-home service, it’s really hard to beat or come close to this upscale AP-470 by Casio in our opinion.
AP-270 digital piano | REVIEW | $1049 internet price price | available in matte black, matte brown walnut, matte white | The AP-270 is the more basic of Casio Celviano series in the line of AP models and has the same same key action and same piano sound chip that is in the AP-470 with 22 instrument sounds, along with 2-track MIDI recording and playback, but there are definitely some differences in other ways. The AP-270 has a 192-note polyphony sound chip and the internal speaker system in this model is just 16 watts of total power into 2 speakers, so it has a lot less audio power than the AP-470 and does not have the speaker-projection lid.
Nevertheless, the AP-270 has the same same stereo Steinway piano sounds and orchestral instrument sounds as is in the AP-470. It does not have audio recording or a flashdrive input like the AP-470 and is a pedestal style cabinet with no front support legs. However, for a smaller to medium size room the speaker system should put out enough volume and the AP-270 key action plays very nicely and smoothly just like in the AP-470, AP-650, and AP-710 making it an excellent choice for beginners through intermediate players who many want to focus on playing piano. It comes in an attractive furniture cabinet with attractive chrome pedals along with a matching single size (non-adjustable) padded bench. Casio gives their full 5-year factory warranty on this model with in-home service which makes this instrument the best factory protected make and model in this price range out of all the brands.
This model would be great for a small space and also in a smaller room because the internal sound system is low wattage as compared to the 40 watt 4-speaker sound of the PX-870 with its more powerful 256-note polyphony sound chip and upgraded stereo sampling. The PX-770 has a USB output to connect to external devices and it has a stereo headphone jack for private practice. If you want a furniture cabinet type digital piano at a very low price and don’t want to buy those off-brand cheap “PSO” (piano shaped object) digital pianos like Williams, Artesia, Suzuki, and other brands that we don’t recommend. then we suggest that this Casio would be a better investment unless you can move up to the PX-870. We anticipate the PX-770 will be a current model all through 2021 and possibly beyond that time as it is still relatively new technology.
Casio has the most impressive portable pianos in the $600 to $1200 price range which includes some very cool features that make piano playing a lot more fun and intuitive that no other brand currently offers. This technology would include large color touch screens to access all of the functions on some models, smooth top virtual control panels with “virtual” LED lighted touch sensor buttons on other models which otherwise have a piano top panel which is smooth and all shiny black like a cell phone or iPad when the power is off…no physical control buttons on them at all…very elegant.
Casio has the best proprietary controller app for their new PXS models which allows full control over those models from your Android or iOS color touch screen from your tablet along with Bluetooth wireless audio technology, 3D sound projection from internal speakers, and a very impressive piano key action for the piano’s compact size and this new key action offers a good amount of expression. Although we like these Casio portable digital pianos very much, a few of the other brands out there also offer some impressive portable models including Korg and Kawai under $1000, However, if you want a very cool portable digital piano that’s easy to carry, fun to play, has impressive stereo piano sound and piano key action, and can fit your budget, you should really take a look at these portable Casio models because we think they offer the biggest bang for the buck in this price range. We expect all of these models to continue through 2021. New 2020 digital pianos under $500 (review on this site)