The Casio CDP 130 is one of the keyboards in the Casio CDP series, CDP standing for Compact Digital Piano. And, as you might have guessed, they are best known for being compact and portable.
It’s an entry-level keyboard made with the beginner in mind. So, it might not be intriguing to the advanced player, but a beginner will find this is a great place to start on the piano.
It’s an upgrade to the CDP 120 and Casio revamped the CDP 130 to a whole new level. They really outdid themselves by making the already very good 120 model, even better.
It features twice the number of sounds and a lot more interesting features than on the CDP 120. And, the best part is, that the CDP 130 is cheaper than its predecessor.
So, let’s take a closer look at the CDP 130…
An Overview Of The Casio CDP 130
The Casio CDP 130 looks a lot like the CDP 120 because their chasses are practically the same. They also feature the same type of cabinet and similar connectivity options.
Anyway, moving on…
The CDP 130 comes in two finishes, black (CDP 130BK) and silver (CDP 130SR). They both look really stylish and there’s no real advantage of picking one over the other. So, simply go with whichever finish you prefer.
Specs And Features Of The Casio CDP 130
- 88 keys.
- Touch sensitivity – three types.
- 48 note polyphony.
- Ten built-in tones with layering function.
- Sound effects: 10 types of reverb, five types of chorus.
- Five demo songs included.
- Transpose and tuning available.
- Connectivity options: USB port (type B), damper pedal, headphone jack.
- Two speakers measuring 12 x 6 centimeters with an output of 8W + 8W.
- Dimensions: 52.05 x 11.26 x 5.08 inches.
- Weight: 25.1 pounds (without stand), 42.55 pounds (with stand).
- Finishes available: Black and silver.
And now, let’s move over to the features of the Casio CDP 130.
Features Of The CDP 130
As the series name suggests, this is a really portable keyboard. Which, as you may know, is a common feature of most entry-level keyboards.
It measures 52.6 inches which is around the standard size for a full sized keyboard. In fact, it’s only about 3 inches narrower than Yamaha’s DGX 660 which is a portable Grand. It’s 5.6 inches in height, which is again about standard for regular sized keyboards.
However, in depth, this measures only 11.3 inches which makes it less bulky and naturally not as heavy as most keyboards.
In fact, weighing in at 25 pounds, makes it an ideal weight for a portable keyboard. Casio once again delivers on an excellent piano that’s super convenient for the player.
If you’re thinking of getting something for home use or you need a keyboard to move about from gigs to practices, this is a great choice. Plus when you’ve finished your practicing or performances, you can easily pack it up and store it anywhere.
Design And Layout
As mentioned, the CDP 130 and the CDP 120 look very much alike due to their very similar chasses.
Well, it’s a classic Casio – the company, as usual, making the interface simple and straightforward. This is a very common feature with entry-level keyboards for many reasons.
Primarily, manufacturers make entry-level keyboards less complicated because beginners don’t initially need a lot of highly complicated features. The need for more features increases with the player’s skill level.
Plus, a neater interface makes learning easier for the beginner because they won’t have to look at or handle so much information at the same time.
So, on the CDP 130’s interface, you’ll find the following…
- The power button to switch the keyboard on and off.
- A volume knob.
- A button for the demo mode.
- A multi-use function button.
- Plus two buttons that enable you to either select the electric piano or the grand piano.
As you can see, it’s all pretty simple and straightforward.
But what about adjusting the really advanced features, for example, if you want to turn off the touch sensitivity, or if you need to transpose, or you might need to change the intensity of the reverb or the depth of the chorus, or whatever?
The adjustments to complete any of these tasks is actually also quite easy. All you’ll need to do is hit the function button and simultaneously press the note on the keyboard that corresponds to that change and then make the necessary adjustments.
Top And Back Panels
The top and back panels are also as simple as the control interface. You’ll find two powerful speakers, or as Casio calls them – Full Force Sound Speakers. You’ll also find a music stand to hold your score sheets.
The back panel is where you’ll find all of your connectivity options – a jack for your sustain pedal, power supply input, and a headphone jack. There’s also a USB port which allows you to transfer and record MIDI information.
Casio has always gotten it right with its keys, even on its less expensive models. This is a sub-$500 keyboard, but has a much better feel on the keys then many of the portable models from Yamaha.
First of all, this is an 88 key keyboard, so it’s the size of a regular piano keyboard. And all the keys are fully weighted, which is something that’s super important to us, especially for beginners.
This is because it’s always best to begin mastering your fingering technique from when you first start playing. We, therefore, always advise beginner pianists to start with a weighted keyboard if possible. Keyboards that are semi-weighted are fine if the player only wants to play synths, while non-weighted keys are little more than toys and should be avoided by anyone who wants to move on to play an actual piano.
Now to the action…
…this comes with a hammer action, so the keyboard has a similar feel to an acoustic piano. It’s obviously not the same, but Casio has done it’s best at this price point to bring you the most realistic feel it can, and it’s done a good job.
The hammer action is also graded so it’s heavier on the lower ends but lighter on the higher ends, again similar to an actual acoustic piano.
Now, just like on the Casio PX 160, The company also simulates an ivory/ebony feel on the top of the keys of the CDP 130. This makes the Casio keypad, one of the best keypads in the market for the price. It feels great and is much less plasticky than the keypads on its competitors.
The Casio CDP 130’s keys are touch/velocity sensitive. In other words, they respond to the intensity of your strikes on the keyboard. Therefore, if you strike hard, they will play loud, if you strike softly, they will play softly.
There are three sensitivity options – soft, medium and hard – or you can choose to turn off touch sensitivity. If you do that, the keyboard becomes fixed. So, however hard you play, the keys will all produce the same volume.
The sounds on the CDP 130 are quite basic, but that is to be expected on a cheaper digital piano. There are ten instrument sounds in all, as well as, five tones.
Polyphony comes at 48 notes, which is about as basic as you can get and not very impressive. It’s good enough for an absolute beginner, but it does mean that the keyboard will need upgrading as the player becomes an intermediate pianist.
There are other beginner keyboards with much higher polyphonies. And it would have been great if the CDP130 had a higher count, but Casio is obviously only aiming this keyboard at a pianist who is starting out, who won’t initially need more.
When playing more complex pieces of music, you will experience dropped notes here and there with this keyboard, which is such a shame, because Casio has got nearly everything else close to perfect for the price.
What’s In The Box
- Keyboard – 88 key, fully weighted, digital piano.
- AC adaptor.
- Music rest.
- SP-3 switch-style sustain pedal.
- Owner’s manual.
Pros Of Casio CDP 130
- Comes with 88 fully weighted keys.
- Keys have a hammer action.
- Lightweight, compact, and portable.
- Keys feel realistic, like the ones on an acoustic piano.
- High quality instrument voices as well as sound effects.
Cons Of Casio CDP 130
- 48 note polyphony.
- No in-built recording and playback feature.
- No piano lessons included.
So, what can we say about the Casio CDP 130? It’s a good entry level keyboard. And, as we know, one thing that Casio hardly ever gets wrong, is the keys. They are as close as it gets to an acoustic feel, for compact, portable keyboard in this price range.
The sound is not fantastic, but we easily can live with it at this price. However, the low polyphony really lets it down. If you’re an absolute beginner, this won’t be an issue, but as you get better it will become more of one, and you’ll have to upgrade.
As long as you bear that in mind, we would readily recommend this keyboard to any beginner on a budget.