Our Take on the Yamaha P115 Digital Keyboard
For anyone out there looking to dip their toes into the amazing world of digital pianos, you’ve probably come across or heard of the Yamaha P115. This keyword weighs in at a modest $600 on Amazon, making it a no-brainer, entry level keyboard. Below we will try to break down our opinion on this impressive machine.
- Build Quality – Although this particular unit is comprised mostly of plastic, it has a sturdiness and solid feeling that is lacking from other plastic models lack. On top of that, it feels even better once you have a nice stand for it (keep in mind that it has a full size keyboard).
- Inputs and Outputs – We had mixed feelings when it came to this. Having MIDI output would have been a useful addition to this, but for the most part you have to deal with USB to computer, which obviously isn’t the end of the world. Headphone jack is 6.5mm instead of the usual 3.5mm, so be sure to have a converter on-hand. And the app that is advertised with this keyboard – don’t even think about it.
- The Keys – These keys are about as close as you can get to real piano keys, without it being a real piano. Of course the higher end models have even better feeling keys, but at the end of the day you typically get what you pay for, but for the price of the P115 these keys are outstanding.
- Sound – This one obviously isn’t that big of an issue since you will be using headphones most likely. For the most part, any set of studio headphones will be just fine, but we all know how serious some people get with audio quality demands. The keyboard also has some built-in speakers that aren’t bad for practice, but that’s really all they’re good for.
In conclusion, this digital piano is a steal for the price. In order to get significant upgrades, you’d have to spend at least double the price tag of a P115. What really takes this unit to the next level is having a proper sound system or set of headphones. Couple that with the endless possibilities of sounds when hooked up to the computer, and you have something that you may love more than a real piano.