Casio’s newest keyboards have already been discussed.
The PX-S1000 and PX-S3000 digital pianos were fantastic, delivering on the promise of fresh interpretations on the Privia line.
To refresh your memory, the PX-S intended to be the slimmest digital piano ever made without compromising too much playability.
Casio also debuted the CDP-S series, a tiny form-factor keyboard aimed at keyboardists and beginners looking for a more economical instrument, during their 15th anniversary, in addition to the previously mentioned PX-S series.
The CDP-S100 is priced similarly to the Casio PX-160, Roland FP-10, and Yamaha P45, which are all under $500.
This variety of keyboards and digital pianos don’t have all of the features of their more expensive counterparts, but that doesn’t mean they’re not worth considering.
CDP-S100 vs. CDP-S150: The Casio CDP-S150 was released at the same time as the CDP-S100 and is only available in select areas. It’s nearly identical to the CDP-S100, but it has a built-in MIDI recorder, Duet Mode, and compatibility with Casio’s 3-pedal unit (SP-34).
We’ve reviewed the finest keyboards in this price range in a separate post, so read that first before going into this review.
When it comes to budget keyboards, we want something that plays well and sounds good. We’re looking for weighted keys and high-quality samples. Everything else is a bonus, though it’s wonderful to have some features and functions to choose from.
Is the new Casio CDP-S100/CDP-S150 compatible with the others? Let’s have a look. This review is applicable to both the CDP-S100 and CDP-S150 versions.
Casio CDP-S100 | CDP-S150 Specs
Scaled Hammer Action II keyboard with simulated ebony/ivory keytops
88 full-size fully weighted keys
Touch Sensitivity (3 types, Off)
Sound: Dual-element AHL II sound engine
10 instrument sounds (3 acoustic pianos)
Modes: Dual (Layer), Duet (CDP-S150 only)
Metronome, Transpose, Master Tuning
1-track MIDI recorder (CDP-S150 only)
Speakers: 8W + 8W (two 12cm x 6cm oval speakers)
Connections: USB to Host, Headphone/Output jack (1/8″), Sustain Pedal jack, Audio In (stereo mini jack), Pedal Unit jack (CDP-S150 only)
W x D x H: 52” x 9.1” x 3.9” (132.2 x 23.2 x 9.9 cm)
23.1 lbs (10.5 kg)