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  1. Kris

    Hi Alex,

    Thank you for this great review.
    I do not have any idea about piano’s but wanted to play one. Currently, I am torn between buying the Yamaha PSR E363 or this KAWAI ES110.
    I want the Yahama 363 for this sounds pleasing to me for my $250 budget. However, as I discover different options, the sound of digital piano’s excites me more. Kawai ES110 cost around $550 at my country.
    I would like to ask if it’s worth adding more than times two of my budget for the Kawai ES110? With regards to it’s durability, does it seem to last than the Yamaha models of it’s range?
    I would appreciate any response.

    Thank you.

    • Hi Kris,

      My name is Wei but thank you for your comment.
      The Yamaha PSR E363 is not a digital piano. It’s a keyboard with only 61 keys. They are quite different products in fact. Here’s a detailed comparison between keyboard and digital piano.
      The Kawai provides much better sound quality and the realism of key action is something you can’t get on the Yamaha PSR E363. But is it right for you? That really depends on your idea of usage. Are you looking to learn how to play the piano? What type of music are you into?
      Keyboards are usually much cheaper than digital pianos but these days, you can also find good digital pianos like the Kawai ES110 for quite low price. Other cheap options include the Yamaha P-45 (Full Review), the Roland FP-10 (Full Review) and the Casio PX-160 (Full Review).

  2. Alex

    Hey Wei, I love your writing style – it feels honest and is really useful!

    How do you feel the Kawai ES110 stacks up against the Korg B1?

    • Hi Alex,

      Welcome and thank you for your comment. Nothing boosts my confidence when I know my content has helped someone!

      As for the two models you mention, they are not really at the same price range. The Kawai is more expensive but with a much better key action and sound engine. Also the ES110 has much more features and functionality compare to the Korg B1. If you read my Korg B1 review, you will realize that it’s quite a bare-bone digital piano strictly aiming at beginners with tight budget.

      If you can afford it, definitely choose the Kawai ES110. You will enjoy the playing experience, the sound and its many convenient features.

  3. Hello Wei, great review!!! I had a piano when I was young, and I have enjoyed playing it. I would love to purchase a new one soon, and the Kawai ES-110 would be a perfect gift for myself. I have never heard of a piano that has Bluetooth, that was a fun fact.

    • Hi Ahmad, I’m glad I surprised you a bit. Technology has come a long way. On those high end digital pianos, they have touch screen now. Keep you wonder what’s coming next!

  4. The piano looks great and it has the features that I would want. If you were to spend the money on a used real piano versus this piano, would that be a good use of money? I’m worried the used piano won’t sound as good as this one. I love the price. Thanks for the review

    • Hi JB,

      Personally I would advice against a used acoustic piano. To start, an acoustic piano produces sound using physical components, that are subject to age and deterioration. This makes a used one sound significantly less impressive comparing to a new one. More importantly, there are a lot hidden cost in a used acoustic piano. You will need to pay extra for tuning at least and maybe even repair. And don’t forget, you are going to need some help to move it from the second hand shop or pay extra for delivery. If you live in an apartment, you might have to remove your windows so as to move the piano inside.

      At this price range, all things considered, I would strongly recommend to buy a new digital piano instead of a used acoustic piano!

      Just my 2 cents.

  5. Mia

    Hi!
    That digital Piano looks great. Only drawback is that you need to purchase in addition a stand and bench. But on the other hand, given the excellent quality it can be worth it.
    Thanks for the review!
    – Mia

    • Hi Mia, it is a very good digital piano. But it’s designed as a stage piano so that people can take it around to gigs. To use at home, you do need a stand and a bench. What I did was I bought some wood and built a stand and bench that fit the style of my place. It’s not hard and it’s quite a fun project. If you need any help on that, just let me know. Thanks for dropping by!

  6. It is an honest and concrete review. Going through your reviews I found myself being educated as I know a little about piano:). good thing I read your article.

    Kind Regards,
    Gillian

    • Wei

      Thank you Gillian! I’m glad you learned something with my post. If you ever want to give piano a try, send me an email or come here and leave a comment. I will be more than happy to help you.

  7. Hello Wei, thanks for the very thorough review. Reviews such as yours always make purchasing decisions much easier, so I thank you. This looks like terrific value for money.
    Thank you

  8. A great in-depth review! Always love to see Pros and Cons, Ratings of different aspects, and it’s particularly helpful that you included samples of the different versions of the piano. Perhaps the title “…Under 800” could specify the currency? I assume you mean a dollar amount… but it’s a little ambiguous.
    Keep up the great work!

  9. That’s a great and thorough review, thank you. You covered all aspects of the piano which gives the reader enough information to make an informed decision. The article was easy to read and very well laid out. Keep up the good work 🙂

    • Wei

      Hi Helen, welcome to my website and thank you very much for leaving a comment here. I am glad that you find my review informative.

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