Casio CTK-3500 Review

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Build Quality

Casio CTK-3500 Features:

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    Number of Keys: 62​​​
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    Weighted Scaled Hammer Action: Touch Sensitive
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    Polyphony: 48
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    Accessories Included: Headphones, Keyboard Stand, and Power Supply

We Like

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    Very lightweight, weighs less than 10 lbs
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    Included stand stores well with the keyboard 
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    400+ voices available

We Don't Like

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    Lacks authentic piano feel
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    Speakers are decent
Casio CTK-3500 61-Key Touch Sensitive Portable Keyboard

The Casio CTK-3500 is an entry level electronic keyboard which lacks the weighted scaled hammer action and has a cheap feel to it. However, if you are in search of a keyboard that works and has a lot of voices and functions, this model may be for you.  While the headphones are not of great quality, the stand and power supply definitely make it worth the extra money to pick up the pack.

This electric keyboard is lightweight, weighing under 10 pounds and can be easily stored.  The stand that is included with the pack can easily be folded flat to make it easy to store with the keyboard. This makes it an ideal model for those with limited space or those who don’t want to leave their instrument out all the time.  This is not a great looking piece of furniture as can be seen with acoustic pianos and some of the upper end digital pianos, so portability is nice.  It is easy to navigate the multitude of features and the 400+ voices with the user interface.  All buttons are properly labeled and the directions on the screen are easy to follow.

This Casio keyboard lacks the distinct weighted feeling keys as found on an acoustic piano. The keys are light weight and plastic.  When you push the keys to hard, there is a clicking sound.  This clicking sound comes from the impact of the keys to the plastic body.  This can be distracting and does not replicate the authentic feel.  The speakers are decent for the cost.  While they lack the full sound, they do a decent job of replicating the different voices.

Pros

  • Very portable piano stores very nicely
  • Lots of voices and functions

Cons

  • The headphones, stand and power supply are not of great quality.  Other consumers have reported issues with the headphones and power supply not functioning properly.
  • This is not an appropriate model for those looking to get into playing the piano.
Keith
 

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