Casio's New Casiotone Series

Back in 1980, the very first portable Casio keyboard was the CR-201—it had full-size keys yet you could carry it around easily. Almost 40 years after that introduction, Casio has now released its Casiotone series comprised of the CT-S200 (black, red and white), CT-S300 (midnight blue) and LK-S250 (all black).

They each weigh just six pounds, have built-in speakers and allow for connecting your music player or your phone for playing along. I like their slim chassis, 61 keys, 400 tones (sounds), 77 rhythms and 50 patterns in Dance Music Mode. Dance Music Mode is for creating and remixing EDM style music with the ability to use specific keys to trigger drum loops, basslines and effects.

The Casiotone Series have driver-free USB MIDI interfacing for connecting to your studio, a rechargeable battery and adapter, and all are compatible with the Chordana Play app.

The Casiotone CT-S200 (MSRP: $109) and CT-S300 (MSRP: $139) have touch-responsive keys and a pitch bend wheel, and the LK-S250 (MSRP: $159) has Casio’s Key Lighting System and the Step-Up lesson system.