Creative Prodikeys PC-MIDI review: Creative Prodikeys PC-MIDI

CNET Editors' Rating

3.5 stars Very good
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The Good Clever idea. Nice data keyboard construction. Entertaining software included.

The Bad Poor music keyboard touch. Annoying delay.

The Bottom Line The PC/piano keyboard combination is a clever one, and (as long as one is not too serious about his or her music) there is plenty of fun that can be had with this device. On the downside, the sound is MIDI, which can get very monotonous, and the slight sound delay can be annoying.

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Just imagine: you call your work colleagues over to show them your new computer "keyboard", and there you are playing "Heart and Soul" on the 37-key attached piano keyboard when they arrive! The hilarity will last minutes!. Seriously, though, the Prodikeys is a clever idea from Creative that is hampered only by a few problems in execution.

Performance
First of all, the best thing about this device is the PC keyboard portion. The key touch and return are extremely comfortable, and the cover over the piano keys makes a great wrist rest. There are 10 customisable hot keys as well as log off and Sleep buttons, and media playback buttons.

Before you get to tickling the piano keys, however, you've got to install Creative's Prodikeys software. This gives you access to four main programs: Mini Keyboard, FunMix, EasyNotes and HotKeys Manager.

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Creative Prodikeys PC-MIDI

Part Number: CNETCreative Prodikeys PC-MIDI

Typical Price: $80.00

See manufacturer website for availability.