Today I’m reviewing the Williams Allegro digital piano, which is currently one of the lowest priced keyboards on the market. Overall, I’m fond of this piano, but there are a few negatives worth mentioning. Let’s take a further look…
Price – The cost of this piano is just under $300, which is by far one of the best deals you’re going to find. For this price point, you would normally expect the piano to be majoring lacking in some areas, but for the most part it is a quality keyboard. It’s obvious that Williams wanted to target entry level pianists or those simply looking to add a digital piano to their collection as a practice piece, while still maintaining the quality that they are best known for.
Weighted Keys – Very seldom do I find pianos in this price range with a weighted 88-keyboard. I’m really surprised at how nice the keys feel and the weighted action seems pretty spot on to me. Sometimes with lesser expensive pianos the keys will feel really stiff, but that isn’t the case with the Williams. Weighted keys are always important to me especially if you plan on learning to play the piano on a keyboard, because you want to be able to transition to a traditional acoustic with ease. I’ve noticed that students who learn to play on an unweighted keyboard, or keyboard with low-quality keys tend to strike the keys with too little or too much force and aren’t accustomed to the volume that goes along with the sensitivity of the touch.
Professional Looking – One of my favorite things about this piano is the visual aesthetics of it. The sleek piano is very professional looking and won’t stand out as an eyesore in your home.
Sound Quality – The quality of the sound the piano outputs is always the make or break for me. If I sit down at a digital piano I want feel as though I’m playing a grand piano and not a cheap electronic ripoff. I was thoroughly impressed with the punch Williams packed into this piano. No, it doesn’t sound as good as some of those $1,000+ digital pianos, but for this price-point, you cannot beat it. I would say though that this keyboard rivals the sound quality of some of the more popular $400 – $500 pianos that are currently on the market.
Now lets take a look at a couple of aspects of this keyboard that I was less than impressed with.
The Overall Weight – Based on the images online I expected this piano to be somewhat portable. I’d love to throw it in the back of my car and be able to take it to parties or with me when I travel, but this thing is heavy! It’s listed as weighing 43 pounds, but something about the shape makes it feel much heavier. If you plan on keeping it stationary then disregard this concern, but if you’re looking for something to lug with you to gigs, you’d be better off with a different piano.
Low-Quality Pedal – The pedal that comes with the piano is cheap and you should honestly just throw the thing away. I’d recommend buying the M-Audio SP2 it’s the best on the market and you can get it for right around $15. Trust me it’s well worth it.
Overall, this is a fantastic piano and at such a low price point you’re really getting a lot of bang for your buck. I’d recommend this to just about anyone, but especially those new to piano, looking for something strictly for quiet practice, or those on a tight budget. You can’t go wrong with this Williams piano.