The One Smart Piano

The Good The One Smart Piano is fun and kid-friendly, with a good mix of music-minded features in the app.

The Bad The number of song options in the app's game mode is very limited, and you'll need to pay extra to download full song tutorials. The core keyboard settings for things like pitch, tone, and instrument are comprehensive, but they're buried too deep within the app, especially given that they don't have a physical presence on the keyboard itself.

The Bottom Line There are better keyboards available for the money, but there's a lot to like about those in-app smarts, too. At $300, the smaller version of this smart piano would make a good gift and a great outlet for a creative kid.

Editors' Rating
  • Features 8.0
  • Usability 7.0
  • Design 6.0
  • Performance 7.0
7.1 Overall

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Review

This smart keyboard will teach you how to play it

I played a lot of piano as a kid -- first, by figuring out how to bang out crappy versions of movie scores and TV theme songs on my grandma's Steinway, then, eventually, with actual piano lessons (my family could only tolerate my rendition of the theme from Indiana Jones so many times).

So, forgive me if the One Smart Piano gets me all nostalgic. It's a $300 compact keyboard (or a $1,500 full-size electric piano) that leverages the power of your phone or tablet to give you a more feature-rich experience. Plug your device in and open the companion app, and you'll be able to follow along with video lessons, song tutorials, and Rock Band-esque games on its screen, with LED lights in the piano's keys lighting up to guide you along the way.

If you're just looking for a keyboard that best approximates the feel of a genuine piano, you can find better than the One at both the $300 and $1,500 price points (roughly £205/£1,025 or AU$390/AU$1,965). Still, there's an awful lot to like about those app-enabled smarts -- especially if you've got kids with a budding eye or ear for music. I know 7-year-old Ry would have had a field day with the thing (and my family would have definitely appreciated the headphone jack).

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