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See how the Artesia PA-88W stacks up against the Nektar IMPACT LX88 in today's product comparison. The team take this task very seriously - two products enter, but only one can leave. This article is part of a series called The Most Popular 88-Key Weighted Digital Keyboards in 2019

First, let's have a look at the Artesia PA-88W. You may well have never heard of Virgin Musical Instruments - they aren’t a large or famous manufacturer, but they now have a large products range with lots of quality products in it. The Artesia range includes everything from headphones to monitors, and features digital keyboards too. We’ve taken a look at the PA-88W, which is a full-size 88key weighted action digital piano at one of the lowest prices you’ll find. It’s made in China, but designed in the USA.

Now we will have look at an alternative, the Nektar IMPACT LX88. Nektar is another one of those lesser known piano brands, but you really need to listen up for this particular digital keyboard, because it’s a very interesting choice. Despite the very low price, this is a feature-packed 88key MIDI keyboard that does just about everything you could want a MIDI keyboard to do. Read on to discover why we think it’s well worth taking a look.


Examining the Artesia PA-88W

Sound


Taking a closer look at the features of the Nektar IMPACT LX88

Sound

HEAD TO HEAD COMPARISON
Artesia PA-88W Nektar IMPACT LX88
KEY FEATURES
+ Very good value
+ Plenty of connection options

+ Nice design
+ Lots of sound customisation
+ Well made

Cons:
- Some buyers have playing experiences cut short with connectivity problems

WHAT OUR TEAM THOUGHT
You won’t find a huge number of features on this budget digital keyboard, but you will find plenty of connectivity, which ultimately means that you’re able to plug in any extra bits that you need such as learning and recording apps. This is a MIDI controller keyboard that you can use with just about all MIDI software on your laptop, desktop, Mac, or whatever else you have in mind. You get split/layer, 8 drum pads, and an assortment of faders and other knobs that allow you to fully control the sound. It’s a great range of features that means you won’t need many accessories.


Read our full review

Check out our article The Most Popular 88-Key Weighted Digital Keyboards in 2019 for more info.


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