Review: MouKey 88-key Digital Piano Electric Keyboard with Stand and Bench
The MouKey 88-key Digital Piano Electric Keyboard with Stand and Bench is one of many readily available modern digital pianos that is about as feature-complete as you could possibly expect for a roughly sub-$500 setup. Although it’s ostensibly targeted to beginners, all but pros would likely find its extensive feature-set, aesthetics, and overall quality incredibly compelling.
Some of the stand-out features include adjustable touch response for the weighted keys, 43 demo songs, 83 rhythms, 128 tones, a teaching mode, a metronome, chords and effects, USB MIDI support (useful for app-based learning apps or interfacing with other devices; I had no trouble interfacing with my iPad, for instance), built-in speakers, headphone jack, and 3.5mm audio output (if you want to connect to external speakers). The piano itself has a slide-out slipcover for the keys. The included padded piano bench rounds out a really nice package, although I will say it’s on the small side and not particularly well-padded, so that’s definitely an area rife for an upgrade.
One thing to note is that this thing is huge. The box is oversized and requires at least two people to move it. The box is quite long and awkward and with its contents weighs more than 100 pounds. This is no diminutive electronic keyboard. Even out of the box the whole setup measures 53.7 inches across and weighs just over 88 pounds.
One of the things I really like about this piano is that it has three built-in pedals: soft, sostenuto, and sustain. I’ve had issues making a separate sustain pedal work properly with my keyboards in the past, so this is a big plus for me.
Setup was relatively straightforward, with the piano portion already pre-assembled. The comprehensive manual was intuitive. In short, I don’t anticipate anyone having issues with building this.
If you’re looking for an attractive display instrument that won’t break the bank, you’ll get a lot of mileage out of the MouKey. While it’s no match for premium big-name instruments in the sound department, it’s also 2 – 4 times lower in price. It’s highly recommended.