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.
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.
Mini Keyboard is the basic piece of software that lets you change keyboard voices from Acoustic Grand, to guitar, ensemble, voice, or even drums (there are 128 different voices in all). You can also turn sustain on and off for some voices and change octaves for all of them. Changing octaves can be useful when trying to play along with someone, but with the Prodikeys, we found that trick to be nearly impossible. When playing on one's own, the effect is not as noticeable, but when we tried to play along with someone else, we noticed an extremely annoying delay (between the pressing of the key and the sound) that kept us from being able to keep up.