Yamaha Weighted Action Digital Piano

Last updated date: February 21, 2019

DWYM Score
8.8

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We looked at the top 1 Digital Keyboards and dug through the reviews from 6 of the most popular review sites including 429 Records, Guitar Junkie, New York Times Wirecutter, Old Time Music, Piano Dreamers, Best Digital Piano Guides and more. Through this analysis, we've determined the best Digital Keyboard you should buy.

Overall Take

In our analysis of 61 expert reviews, the Yamaha Yamaha Weighted Action Digital Piano placed 5th when we looked at the top 10 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

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Expert Summarized Score
8.8
6 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
8.8
224 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
The P45 features 88 Graded Hammer Standard action weighted keys. Making the P45, Yamaha’s most affordable hammer action piano.
- 429 Records
January 2, 2019 | Full review
P45 also has a great feature like a built-in metronome which keeps the tempo steady for you. This is a good training feature to develop fundamental skills to keep up with the sense of rhythm. When you are comfortable enough with the rhythm, there’s an auto power off function for the metronome.
- Guitar Junkie
Like the Casio, the Yamaha has a duet mode that allows two people to play in the same register at the same time.
- New York Times Wirecutter
The Yamaha P-45 is really easy to use. The dashboard is really clean. No overly complicated nobs and sliders. You get a few simple buttons that make navigating features as simple as possible.
- Old Time Music
The quality of the sound through the onboard speakers is pretty decent, especially considering the size of the instrument. The sound remains clear and doesn’t distort even at max volume.
- Piano Dreamers
January 19, 2019 | Full review
This product comes with excellent MIDI recordings of 10 musical instruments that include a range of pianos and also accompanying instruments.
- Best Digital Piano Guides
September 3, 2015 | Full review
What experts didn't like
Don’t expect a high end feel the same as ivory and ebony keys. These keys have a somewhat plasticky feel as they do not absorb moisture unlike their ivory and ebony counterparts.
- 429 Records
January 2, 2019 | Full review
Yamaha P45 does not have a built-in recorder that is loud enough speaker for a bigger crowd. But, you can always use the connectors to record it on your computer and plug an amplifier for louder sound.
- Guitar Junkie
The headphone jack is located on the back panel of the keyboard, making access a bit more difficult than with the Casio’s front-mounted jacks.
- New York Times Wirecutter
If you do want a stand and headphones you are going to have to spend extra money to get them separately.
- Old Time Music
The only thing I find inconvenient is that the headphone jack is on the back of the piano.
- Piano Dreamers
January 19, 2019 | Full review
The single sustain pedal, however, did not receive so much praise. Many of us found the pedal itself to be rather flimsy. Speakers are regarded as weak and insufficient for large rooms by many users
- Best Digital Piano Guides
September 3, 2015 | Full review

From The Manufacturer

The P-45 digital piano has 10 voices, 88 weighted keys, and features that are ideal for the needs of the beginner piano student.

Overall Product Rankings

1. Yamaha Arius Digital Piano
Overall Score: 9.4
Expert Reviews: 8
2. Roland Compact Digital Piano
Overall Score: 9.3
Expert Reviews: 4
3. Casio Digital Home Piano
Overall Score: 9.0
Expert Reviews: 8
4. Korg Weighted Key Digital Piano
Overall Score: 8.9
Expert Reviews: 6
5. Yamaha Weighted Action Digital Piano
Overall Score: 8.8
Expert Reviews: 6
6. Casio Privia Digital Piano
Overall Score: 8.8
Expert Reviews: 7
7. Key Digital Piano
Overall Score: 8.6
Expert Reviews: 6
8. Alesis Recital Beginner Piano
Overall Score: 8.6
Expert Reviews: 6
9. Alesis Recital Pro Digital Keyboard
Overall Score: 8.2
Expert Reviews: 3
10. Hamzer Electronic Piano
Overall Score: 8.0
Expert Reviews: 1

An Overview On Digital Keyboards

Thanks to technology, pianos have come a long way in recent years. Grand pianos not only take up a great deal of space in a home, but they also can be almost impossible to move. A digital keyboard can give you deep, rich sound, as well as versatility that you’ll never get from a traditional piano. Best of all, you won’t have to dedicate an entire room of your house to it.

Choosing the right digital keyboard can be challenging, though, especially with so many big-name brands competing for your dollar. You can find keyboards that emulate that baby grand piano sound, as well as those that can provide instrumental sounds that come from a harp, organ or a guitar. If you’re learning or teaching others, a model that features dual play mode may be a better choice, since you can play as a duo.

It’s also important to consider the room that will house your piano. If it’s a big room and you plan to entertain large groups of friends, a piano with a built-in speaker system is likely better for your situation than a quieter keyboard. However, some households may find a slightly quieter instrument is more suitable.

One feature that’s popular with many digital keyboard buyers is the ability to record your performances. This is great for sharing on social media, but it’s especially valuable if you want to listen to your results in an effort to improve. Not all keyboards include this, and some let you record to an external hard drive, so definitely pay close attention to recording ability if it’s important to you.

Although it may not be a top consideration, the appearance of the keyboard you choose will likely be important. It will, after all, be a piece of furniture that features predominantly in whatever room you set it. You can choose between a variety of colors, but many digital keyboards have a setup similar to a traditional upright piano. Consider whether you want a deep mahogany, black or white model before you start shopping.

DYWM Fun Fact

To this day, electronic keyboards are heavily associated with the new wave style of music that began in the late ’70s. Called synthesizers, these keyboards were able to bring an innovative sound to the mainstream. In the mid-1970s, a German band called Kraftwerk introduced the sound to the world with its hit song “Autobahn.” The song wasn’t well received, with one publication pleading that we should “keep the robots out of music,” but the sound caught on. Gary Numan began experimenting with the sound in the late ’70s, releasing two hit singles that predominantly featured electronic keyboards. Soon, the music style made its way to the U.S. and was all over airwaves, dominating the radio throughout the 1980s.

The Digital Keyboard Buying Guide

  • If you’re a fan of the traditional piano sound you’d get from a baby piano, consider the Yamaha Arius Digital Piano. The manufacturer sampled Yamaha’s most well-respected concert pianos to create an instrument that matches the tone as closely as possible. The Yamaha Arius Digital Piano is a 128-note piano, compared to the 88 notes offered by some other keyboards in its class. The Roland Compact Digital Piano also features 128 notes, as well as using a split mode to layer sounds, creating a richer experience. You can also use this feature to create original songs that combine rhythm sections and the keyboard. The Roland Compact Digital Piano uses something called a SuperNATURAL sound engine to simulate that baby grand piano sound. With the Casio Digital Home Piano, you get 256-note polyphony and tri-sensor scaled hammer action to enrich its sound to baby grand level.
  • Teachers and students will be interested in a feature called Partner Mode, available on the Korg Weighted Key Digital Piano. This feature lets you play alongside someone else. Using this feature, a teacher and student can play the same song together to allow the student to imitate and learn.
  • One common complaint about digital keyboards is that they simply feel different than a traditional piano. Manufacturers have worked hard to shrink the gap between the two experiences. The Yamaha Arius Digital Piano uses graded hammer action to simulate the way keys move on a concert grand. This feature means the lower-range keys have a heavier touch than those in a higher range. For those who are used to the lighter touch of a digital keyboard, though, this feature may be a negative, making it better suited for individuals looking for that traditional playing experience.
  • Digital pianos have long excelled over traditional pianos in one important way: They take you beyond one instrument. If you’re interested in this type of diversity, you may be more interested in the Roland Compact Digital Piano, which offers 305 tones outside of the acoustic piano, including organs, guitars, brass and synthesizers. The Casio Digital Home Piano only offers 18 choices, and the Korg Weighted Key Digital Piano has only seven.
  • It’s also important to consider how you’ll use your piano. If you’re performing for large groups in a big room, for instance, you may find that the Casio Digital Home Piano is a better choice since it comes with four powerful speakers built in. The Korg Weighted Key Digital Piano, on the other hand, is quieter, making it a better option for smaller spaces.
  • Whether you want to listen to your performances later or share them with others, the record feature is something to consider. The Yamaha Arius Digital Piano lets you record one or two tracks, then put them together to play simultaneously. The Roland Compact Digital Piano, on the other hand, only lets you record one track. The Casio Digital Home Piano not only lets you record two tracks for later playback, but you can also save them to a USB stick or a remote hard drive.
  • Although it’s designed to make music, the truth is your piano will become an important part of your décor. For that reason, it’s hard to get away from the issue of appearance. The Yamaha Arius Digital Piano looks closer to a traditional upright piano and is available in either dark brown or black. It’s also important to note that only the Yamaha Arius Digital Piano and Korg Weighted Key Digital Piano come with a bench, so you’ll face the challenge of finding one that matches if you choose one of the others.
  • Price can be a big differentiator between digital pianos. Whereas a baby grand piano usually retails for at least $2,000, you can find a good digital piano like the Casio Digital Home Piano or Korg Weighted Key Digital Piano for less than $1,000. The Yamaha Arius Digital Piano and Roland Compact Digital Piano are more expensive but still less than $2,000.