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  1. Clemens

    Hi Wei,
    thank you for your good and informative artcile! Which piano would you recommend, the Roland FP-10 or the Casio PX-160?
    I am not a beginner at playing the piano but definitely not an expert and I am looking for a “real” piano (played before on a non weighted keyboard). In my research I read a lot about these two. Both cost the same in the shops nearby. So, what would you recommend?
    Thank you for your answer,
    Clemens

    • Hi Clemens,

      Thank you for your kind comment.

      Since you can find them in a nearby shop, I would encourage you to go there and test both models, and maybe other models that are available.

      The key action feel quite different between the two and it’s down to personal preference as to which one is better.

      Neither of them sound great due to their compact size and weak speakers. But sound is something you can play with later using software.

      Before you make your decision, I’d like to introduce you the 2019 model of Casio, the Casio PX S1000. This might be the one for you, depends on its local price of course.

  2. Christopher Nielsen

    It has no output jacks, just a headphone jack. It doesn’t even have midi ports if you can believe that. It’s a tragedy because it’s perfect otherwise.

    • Hi Christopher,

      I agree with you. Roland musical equipment are not cheap. To tab into the $500 market segment, they have to make sacrifices.

      I do still think the FP-10 has its purpose. Not everyone needs an output or a midi port. For those who just want to un-box the piano and start playing, it’s a great choice.

  3. Fer

    Hi Wei, i’m looking for the more realistic, faster, responsive, confortable and reliable key action and the best finger to sound connection between Kawai ES110, Casio PX-S1000, Korg D1 and Roland FP10. Thanks!…

    • Hi Fer,

      You raise a tough question. These four are probably the best at the price range. If key action is your priority, I would recommend Kawai ES110. But I have to say it’s just my personal preference and the key action on the others are not far behind.

      Luckily, these are portable digital pianos. So if you don’t have a store that you can try, simply order them online and return what you don’t like.

      • Fer

        Thanks Wai for your helpful answer, and for that reason i’m looking for help, cause i don’t have a store for to try and make orders online is very complicated…, is the Kawai ES110 key action faster and more responsive than the others key actions mentioned above?, are you tried the Kawai MP7?, is the RHII key action much faster, responsive and heavier than the RHC key action in ES110

        • Hi Fer,

          As I explained, all the models you listed have pretty decent key actions. Since there isn’t a way to quantify key action, my judgement is purely subjective.

          Among the models you mentioned, I do prefer playing on the ES110. But the difference is only marginal. I would have to put them side by side to notice.

          As for the RHII, it is in my opinion better than the RHC on the ES110. I wouldn’t say it’s faster, but it does feel more authentic. The RHII is not heavy but there is a solid sensation when you press the keys. It mimics the feel of an acoustic piano much better than the RHC.

          • Fer

            Thanks Wei, and RHIII is heavier and more substantial than RHII but at expense of a slower key repetition due added counterweights?…, is RHCII more like RHII in speed, confort and weight, or it is slower?…, what do you think about PHA-4 Concert in RD800, PHA-50 in RD2000 and Yamaha NWX in P515, against the Kawai RHII/III?, being the better in fast response, more confortable and more reliable for intensive use in advanced jazz and classical practice. Have a nice day!…

          • Hi Fer,

            For any digital piano reviewer, key action is the most difficult part. I can show you recordings for sounds, but there isn’t a way to share the feel of the keys. That’s why I always recommend my readers to try in a store themselves.

            First, counterweight is designed to give the keys more control and expressiveness. It doesn’t slow down the action. The RHIII is actually faster then the RHII thanks to it’s triple sensors.

            As for the comparison among PHA-4, PHA-50, NWX and RHIII, again they are all solid key action and each has its unique feel. At this level, the models are quite expensive, like the Yamaha P515 or the Kawai ES8. It would be worth while to find a store and try them yourself, even if it means you have to travel some distance.

            I can tell you how I rank them though. I enjoy playing on the RHIII > NWX > PHA.

            But if you talk to other reviewers/pianists, they each have their own rankings. This tells you that all these actions are solid and the differences are subjected to personal preference.

            I know this is not very helpful. But the fact is there isn’t a clear winner among these actions in terms of specs.

        • Fer

          Hi Wei, How is your rank enjoying piano (RHIII>NWX>PHA) but now including the RHII?…, is this rank saying that the faster, more responsive, more confortable key action is RHIII, then NWX and finally PHA?. Is RHII a close second to RHIII in those features?. Thanks!…

  4. Letizia

    Hi!
    First of all, thanks for the post, it’s very interesting.
    I bought it , it has just arrived yesterday, and I have a question. If I select electric piano #1 sound and Iplay the first keys (from 1 to 15 keys) on the left the volume is very low. Is it normal or is a manufacturing defect? The same tihing happens with other sound (strings)

    Thank you!
    Lety

    • Hi Lety,

      Thanks for your comment. What you described does not sound normal. How’s the difference between the 15th key and the 16th? Is the volume suddenly different? I would probably get a replacement.

  5. franco

    Hi, I´m considering whether to buy the Korg B1 or the Roland FP 10. I just starting to learn, but I want to buy the best option. I think all the new features are handy and modern. What do you think? Thanks!

    • Hi Franco,

      Welcome and thanks for your comment. I do think the Roland FP-10 is better. Both in terms of key action and sound engine.
      Feature wise, the Roland has Bluetooth and many more useful functions compare to the Korg.
      The FP-10 does have a smaller polyphony number but that shouldn’t be an issue at this price range.
      You will have to upgrade the pedal at some point though. But there are quite cheap third party pedals that cost only 20 bucks.
      Overall, I’d go for the Roland and I think it really is the best portable digital piano at this price range at this moment.
      Do come back and let us know which one you get and your experience with it.

  6. Gracen

    Hi Wei, this is a wonderful innovation from Roland. From the piano’s wonderful features, I must say that they did great for the product, considering the fact that it is their first attempt to enter this segment of market. The design looks great and I love the fact that it is light weight and can be easily carried along.

    To even make it more interesting, is the synthetic ivory key tops of the piano. It will be exciting to play the piano.

    • Wei

      Welcome to my Roland FP 10. I’m also quite impressed by the package Roland is able to deliver with the FP 10. 2019 is an exciting year for digital piano. Come back for more…

  7. ajibola40

    Thanks for writing this review on Roland FP-10 ,I must commend you for a job well done for taking your time to find out about all aspects of this digital piano. I have use the old version of this piano and I can testify to the fact the it is a quality product.the experience am still having with it is really great from the ones I have make use in the past and am sure Roland FP-10 can’t be different, it will even be better 

    • Wei

      Hey there, I assume you are referring to the Roland FP-30. It’s a bit more expensive with a few extra features. But I honestly think the new FP-10 is a better bang for your buck. It has exactly the same key action and sound engine as the FP-30. And with Bluetooth, many of the extra features on the FP-30 can be achieved through a smart device connected to the FP-10.

  8. Wealthfather

    Great Content and Informative blog post!

    What a concise and thorough article, I found the post very detailed. So so many useful tips and tricks all on one page! Wonderful! I bookmarked to look further. I have heard about this product before now but I have never tasted its benefits this much. Obviously its pros outweighs its cons which makes it much more recommendable. Thanks for sharing

    • Wei

      Thanks for dropping by and your comment. I’m glad you find it useful. It’s a welcome action that Roland decides to offer a model around the $500 mark.

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