- Weigthed keys feel like a real piano
- Built to last
- Full size keyboard
- High quality samples that sound like the real thing
- MIDI output for recording/controlling
- Comes with pedal, stand and music stand
- Looks great (wood trim, black and silver design)
- Pedal locks in position to prevent sliding
- Relatively light (~41 pounds)
- Lacks robust sample library that other models come with
- Attaches to stand with two screws that must be removed to detach
- Sampled pianos could be brighter
- Metrenome slider very sensitive
- No built in memory for settings, effects, etc.
There are many digital pianos out there, and choosing the right one for you can be a daunting task. I am a classically-trained pianist and have played countless acoustic and electric pianos, and I recently tested out several highly rated full size keyboards before buying one for myself.
Among these was the Korg SP-250 88 Key Digital Piano. It is a basic keyboard with weighted keys, 30 sampled sounds (pianos, organs, clavs, electric pianos, marimbas, etc.), a sustain pedal, a stand, a music stand and two headphone inputs. It has MIDI and instrument outputs, so you can connect it to recording equipement and amplifiers. It also has built in speakers, so you don't have to use headphones.
There are many fancier keyboards out there, but the Korg SP-250 has a great touch, and it sounds pretty close to a real piano. The keys are nice and heavy, and the device is built with high quality materials. It comes with a manufacturer warranty if you register online.
The stand attached to the keyboard itself, so moving it is not as simple as picking it up, folding the stand, and putting it in a case. You actually have detach the stand before moving the keyboard.
So, if you are looking for a digital piano that you can take to gigs, this may not be the one for you. However, if you do not need to move it very often, I highly recommend this keyboard. Compared to its competitors (Yamaha, Roland, Casio), it has the most authentic feel and is built to last. If you are looking for a simple, no-frills digital piano, the KORG SP-250 is as close to the real thing as you are going to get.
I ended up buying the Korg SP-250 because it felt and sounded like a real piano. I wasn't looking for a million different sounds and effects, and I wasn't looking for a keyboard to take on the road every night. If you are looking for those things, this model might not be for you. But, if you just want a digital piano with a nice touch and sounds great, the Korg SP-250 is a great choice.