Pianos have always been a popular instrument to play and digital pianos have taken the world of musical instruments by storm. Whether you’re wanting your children to learn how to play a musical instrument and they choose piano or you’re looking to refresh your old skill or learn a new skill, a digital piano is a great, modern option when it comes to purchasing a piano.
Digital pianos have become more and more popular over the years because of their practicality, their diverse nature, and also being much more space-savvy with being smaller than the traditional piano. It’s hard to search for digital pianos when you have no idea where to start. We’ve done extensive reviews on multiple digital pianos on our website including the Korg B2 and the Korg 380 piano.
The Korg 380 is another really popular digital piano and because of that, we have a full, comprehensive review of that piano as well. If you’re set on the Korg piano name, firstly, we don’t blame you, they make excellent digital pianos, but also we recommend reading that review as well. You can find that Korg 380 digital piano review here. If you want to read more about the Korg B2 piano, we recommend you check out our full review of the digital Korg piano here.
In this review though, we’re going to dive in-depth Yahmaha P-35 digital piano, looking at its features, sound quality, functions, design, and much more to give you a complete, comprehensive review and see if this is the right, not only Korg piano for you but the right digital piano for you.
Pros and Cons
When it comes to doing a complete Yamaha piano keyboard review, we think it’s important to start off with the pros and cons before jumping right into the Yamaha P 35 piano review.
|Looks Great||Less Song Choice Compared to Other Models|
|Easy to Transport|
|Great for Beginners|
Review in More Detail
We tried out the Yamaha P 35 piano in different settings and situations to truly test out if it truly is one of the best electronic piano keyboards on the market today. Here are our findings below…
When it comes to finding the best electronic piano keyboards, sound quality is definitely one of the most important factors when it comes to determining the best digital piano. You want to make sure that your sound quality is of course high quality, but also want it to sound authentic to traditional pianos as well.
The sound quality of the digital Yamaha piano follows the strong reputation that Yahama pianos have. Yamaha is a popular music instrument brand and is especially known specifically for their pianos. Yamaha pianos and especially digital Yamaha pianos are extremely well-known in the digital piano industry.
The sound quality of the Yahama piano keyboard is pretty great and provides a very natural sounding piano especially when it comes to electronic piano keyboards. That being said, although the sound of the Yamaha piano is good, doesn’t mean it’s the best and that there isn’t areas of improvement. The Yamaha P 35 piano achieves it’s sound quality thanks to the Advanced Wave Memory technology or AWM for short. This technology uses waveforms and pairs it using two different microphones. This means the Yamaha piano produces much wider and acoustic sound. So why do we say that the sound quality isn’t the best on the market? The fact that the Yahama piano is only capable of producing 32 notes of polyphony does the trick.
Since the Yamaha piano is designed for beginners and intermediate players as well, if you are a more advanced pianist, you may notice the areas that the electronic piano is lacking. However, if you are just starting out, it is very unlikely that you would ever need, nor want any complicated features and functions.
When it comes to the design, Yamaha digital pianos are known specifically for their sleek appearance. This Yamaha P 35 piano has the feeling of an authentic concert grand piano but in a lightweight digital keyboard design. It’s ideal for small apartments and provides a stress-free experience if you’re looking to travel to lessons or rehearsal practices.
It features a slim and compact design that looks modern and is extremely versatile. It’s user-friendly, which is what you would expect for a beginner or intermediate style digital piano. It features three buttons on the lefthand side which is for the power, volume, and the grand piano function. When you press this button, you will find the best acoustic piano tone that the digital piano plays.
The P-35 piano features 4.7″ speakers on either side of the digital piano and features also 6W amplifiers which produces a very impressive sound quality.
Lastly, the piano is only available in a classic black finish, once again following the look of a baby grand piano.
Comparing to Acoustic Pianos
Comparing the Yamaha P 35 piano to an acoustic piano, you’d hardly be able to tell much of a difference. With such a close resemblance to an acoustic piano as soon as you touch the keyboard, you will realize that the Yamaha P 35 piano is a very close match to the feeling and the appearance of a traditional acoustic piano.
Yamaha has done a really great job at ensuring the authenticity of the digital piano and making it so users that have only played on traditional pianos, will hardly notice a difference when playing on their Yamaha P 35 piano.
There’s a lot of things to take into consideration when looking to purchase a digital piano. The Yamaha P 35 piano is one of the most popular digital pianos on the market and especially one of the most popular when it comes to digital Yamaha pianos. With that being said, there are a variety of different aspects or specs that you should take into consideration before making the investment in this digital piano best.
This particular digital Yamaha piano features the brand’s special Standard Graduated Hammer Mechanism or GHS for short which is best suitable for a novice piano player. However, we do notice that even if you’re at the intermediate level, you will find this feature a lot of fun as well. The mechanism provides a weighted piano feeling that is very similar to an acoustic piano and helps the user to develop a more proper piano playing technique so that if you ever transfer to a real acoustic piano, you won’t notice much difference. This is also an aspect that makes the digital Yamaha piano perfect for lessons.
The black keys on the Yamaha piano feature a matte finish which improves the grip and promotes a much longer and more comfortable playing time. The keyboard features the duo mode that we’re seeing with a lot of digital pianos on the market today. This duo mode allows you to play in two halves which is great for lessons or if you’re playing with someone right beside you.
If you’re looking for a digital piano that allows you to connect devices up to it whether it’s for lessons or songs, then the Yamaha piano is just what you’re looking for. On the backside of the piano you will find a variety of different output ports where you can plug in different instruments or technology including iPads, computers, iPhones and much more. This not only allows you to record but take part of online lessons or use various applications while practicing on your piano.
There is also a headphone jack on the P-35 piano which allows you to practice at all hours of the day and night without disturbing anyone. There is also an input for a control pedal or also known as a sustain pedal. The supplied pedal board is really basic and can be switched on or off. It should be noted that the pedal doesn’t allow you to pedal halfway though. It’s possible to connect more than one pedal to the P-35 or use the Yamaha 5-three pedal board as well.
Things to Know
One thing that makes the Yamaha P 35 piano a lot more convenient than the other digital pianos we’ve mentioned on the website before like the Korg 380 and Korg B2 is how portable this Yamaha piano is. This piano is very lightweight which means you can really take it anywhere. Practice, rehearsal or to a friend’s house, it doesn’t really matter as this piano is very easy to transport and take anywhere. It’s also very compact so it won’t take up much space if you’re living in a small house or live in an apartment.
The P-35 features exceptional key action with the hammer mechanism we have mentioned before. This is one of the distinguishing features that Yamaha is specifically known for. Especially if you’re just learning out, Yamaha understands that you probably don’t want to invest a lot of money in a new hobby and something that you’re not sure how often you’re going to play. If you’re not looking to make a major investment, the Yamaha P-35 piano is the perfect option with being a very affordable price, especially in terms of digital pianos on the market today.
Lastly, we think it’s important to shed light on the One button function that this digital piano has. This one function allows you to change the tone and sound of the piano with just one button. Simply hold down the button and you will hear the voice label “eco” function. After a time of inactivity, the device will automatically switch off which helps to avoid having your piano on and wasting electricity all night.
Comparison To Other Digital Pianos
Since there are so many different digital pianos on the market today, it’s hard to know which one will be right for you. When looking at the Yamaha P-35 digital piano, we thought that it would be beneficial to compare it to other Yamaha pianos that are nearly just as popular so you can get a good understanding of the different models the company has to offer.
Yamaha is a very popular brand, especially when it comes to the best electronic piano keyboards on the market today. They actually have five different digital piano options to date to choose from. Today we’re going to compare the Yamaha P-35 to the Yamaha P-45 to see the difference in terms of design, features, and functionality and hopefully see which one is the best option for you and your needs.
There isn’t many differences between the two Yamaha models, as you would expect with being from the same brand, there is quite a few similarities between the two. One of the major differences between the two is the polyphony of the P-45 piano has been doubled from 32 to 64 total notes on the P-35. The P-45 has a USB port but no longer has the MIDI ports available. Both pianos do not feature a recorder.
In terms of design, both pianos look very much the same in appearance, you’d hardly be able to tell them apart. When it comes to technology, both pianos feature the GHA keyboard but the P-45 features the enhanced piano sound and the maximum polyphony of 64 notes as well. It’s also more compatible with computers and other electronic devices such as iPads as well.
When it comes to our overall conclusion, the Yamaha P-35 is one of the better digital pianos on the market today especially when it comes to beginners learning how to play. Whether you’re a beginner or a professional, you will find great pleasure in playing on the Yamaha P-35 piano and if you have any experience playing on a traditional acoustic piano, you will not find much difference with playing on this digital piano due to the nature of the keyboard, the sound quality, and the overall build of the digital piano. That being said, this keyboard is definitely designed more towards beginner players so for long-term use, we don’t necessarily recommend it for professional or advanced piano players.
We found that this digital piano from Yamaha really pleasant and natural feeling when it comes to playing it with the hammer technology. The design and the style of the piano are very simple and with it being so lightweight and easily transportable, it truly is an amazing option when it comes to bringing it to rehearsals, lessons, or transporting it around the house.
Lastly, it’s a very realistic model, and when it comes to finding a digital piano, that’s what we think the user is looking for. Something that has a bit more features, smaller in size, but also gives you that same authentic piano sound. The Yamaha P-35 definitely checks a lot of boxes and is something that we definitely recommend looking into if you’re in the market for a digital keyboard.