Summary: As somebody who wants to learn piano, I started out looking at proper weighted hammer action keyboards, but for that I'd have to spend about double what the NPV80 costs. I also wanted something with USB MIDI output for computer use, and many cheaper models don't give you that. Remember that many people criticising the 'feel' or 'action' of a keyboard are probably comparing the action with an £x,000 upright piano, which is silly.
Summary: A decent piano sound is the number one thing I wanted and it turns out the NPV80 has one. I did find out after playing quite some time that if you hit the keys hard on the Grand Piano setting it sounded a little weird, almost as if the pitch was off. But with normal keystrokes the G' Piano voice sounds very realistic. I was disappointed to note that the first 2 USB memory sticks (Kingston 4GB and non-named 1GB) I put it with midi files were not recognised.
Summary: The Yamaha NPV80 Digital Portable Piano is brilliant for beginners like me. It's light and easy to move around so it doesn't take up a huge amount of space. It's simple to use and has an abundance of different features, many of which I haven't even discovered yet! I'd been wanting to learn to play the piano for years and this is the perfect place to start.
Summary: I bought this for my daughter who is starting to learn the piano. I also looked at the cheaper Yamaha NP-30 piano. I played both before buying this one in a local music store. This model offers a lot more feature than the NP-30 for a relatively small increase in price. If all you want is Piano then the NP-30 will suffice but this keyboard does so much more. For me the difference here is this keyboard has a full set of the standard Midi sounds plus a whole lot more.
Summary: A really well built keyboard with excellent sound quality and other options that make it near perfect for beginners. The built in tutor would have been a major selling point had the screen been alittle larger but its small size does lessen its usefulness. But that aside the piano is a really fun piece of kit lots of differnt sounds and options to mess around with.
Summary: This is not a toy! It is an enhanced Piaggero with high quality light piano touch and voice. The orchestral functions are impressive for a keyboard in this price range including guitars, brass, woodwind, string and percussive features. In fact it has innumerable instrumental sounds and 165 backing band styles the latter of which is played by using your left hand chords. It has an Arpeggiator which animates and enhances the notes you play and it has USB storage.
Summary: All I can say- wow! This is our first proper keyboard, having progressed from a cheaper £100 yamaha, and I can honestly say that the jump up is amazing. This has more features than I will ever need, but the keyboard has such a great feel about it. It feels like a proper keyboard- a proper piano. Hit the keys hard, and the sound is harder than if you tickle them.
Summary: This is a fantastic piece of kit. For once it is an item of electrical equipment that really is "simply plug in and play". It is a robust and handsome keyboard that sits nicely on a table and has a sustain pedal, not to mention a headphone facility - all the better to practise without disturbing the rest of the household! There is also USB port to enable the keyboard to be linked to a computer for the downloading of additional software.