TheONE Smart Piano Keyboard and Piano Comparison

Time for the ultimate face-off: Keyboard vs. Piano!

Hey there, music explorers! Welcome to our comprehensive guide on navigating the differences between keyboards and pianos. As you embark on your musical journey, understanding these instruments is crucial. This guide aims to simplify the distinctions between keyboards and pianos, aiding you in making an informed decision tailored to your musical aspirations.

What is an Electric Keyboard:

Keyboards are versatile musical instruments that come in various shapes and sizes. They're designed to produce a wide range of sounds, from classic piano tones to an orchestra of different instruments and even funky synth beats.These instruments offer an incredible array of features, including different sound effects, rhythms, and recording capabilities. Plus, they're often portable, making them ideal for gigs, jam sessions, or composing tunes on the go. Whether you're a beginner itching to learn or a seasoned pro looking to experiment with diverse sounds, a keyboard can be your musical playground, offering endless possibilities for creativity and expression. 


What is a Digital Piano:

Digital pianos replicate the acoustic piano experience with precision. They feature weighted or graded hammer-action keys and sophisticated sound engines, emulating the feel and tone of acoustic pianos. This authenticity caters to pianists seeking a genuine playing experience, making digital pianos ideal for serious practice, recording, and performances that demand classic piano ambiance.


What main difference:

1.Number of Keys:

Digital pianos typically maintain a standard of 88 keys, akin to acoustic pianos. On the flip side,  keyboards vary in key count, spanning from compact 25-key models to professional 88-key setups. Among these, the more common ranges in modern use include 61, 76, or 88 keys.

2.Touch and Feel:

Digital pianos aim to replicate the weighted feel of acoustic pianos through their keys, providing a similar tactile experience. In contrast, most electric keyboards feature non-weighted plastic keys. However, many keyboards incorporate touch-sensitive keys that, despite lacking resistance, respond to varying pressure by producing louder or brighter sounds when struck firmly. 

3.Quality and Quantity of Sounds

Pianos offer a more authentic sound compared to keyboards because digital pianos aim for precise emulation of acoustic tones, while keyboards prioritize versatility. Keyboards also include various features like rhythms, accompaniments, and connectivity, catering to versatile performances.

4. Size and Portability

Typically, digital pianos mirror the size and look of acoustic counterparts, often bulky and less convenient for travel. On the flip side, electric keyboards offer versatility in sizes, leaning towards compactness and portability. Take The ONE's renowned COLOR keyboard, weighing a mere 7.7 pounds, exemplifying the ease of mobility it offers, allowing players to carry it effortlessly from one venue to another or on the road.

5. Price

Digital pianos typically come at a higher price point compared to keyboard instruments due to their emphasis on emulating the touch and sound of acoustic pianos. Conversely, entry-level keyboard instruments offer more affordable price, making them a  budget-friendly option.


If you're still confused about the differences between a keyboard and a piano, and you're constantly debating which one to start with, don't worry at all! Let me show you examples of The ONE TOK Smart Keyboard and The ONE PLAY Smart Piano.

Main Features and Performance Comparison of TOK & PLAY


TOK: A sleek and practical keyboard option

PLAY: Prime touch and sound in your piano selection

Keys Number

61-Keys Keyboard with Touch Response

88-key Piano with Graded Hammer Action Weight


Length: 36 Inches Width: 13 Inches Height: 4 Inches

Length: 54 Inches Width: 18 Inches Height: 33 Inches


11 lbs

107 lbs


128 Polyphony

64 max polyphony

Sound Quantity

417 timbres, 16 folk instruments, 9 percussion sets, 603 drum sounds, 256 GM2 tones when used alone, the piano preset with 20 instruments.

426 timbres setting. 

Sound Quality

10W*2 speakers

4 Hi-Fi speakers, two 20W tweeters and two 25W woofers.

Device/ Connection

iOS 10.0+ devices

Android 5.0+ with USB Host/OTG feature devices

Support devices which have BLE 5.0+

Bluetooth connection for iOS 10+ devices

Blutooth and cable connection for Android 5.0+ with USB Host/OTG feature

Audio socket 

One 1/8’’ headphone socket

One 3.5mm, one 6.5mm headphone jacks (front and rear)

Power Source

Plug in DC 12V power cord

Plug in DC 15V power cord


Enables the use of an external pedal with sustain function.

Comes with three pedals. Soft, Sostenuto, and Sustain respectively from left to right.

Auxiliary Output

1/4'' auxiliary interface

6.5mm auxiliary interface


What’s the pros and cons, and how should I choose?

1. While TOK and Play cater to beginner musicians, their focuses differ significantly. PLAY prioritizes delivering an authentic piano-playing experience, emphasizing high-quality piano sound for those keen on mastering piano pieces. In contrast, TOK emphasizes device playability and innovation, appealing to new musicians eager to experiment with various tones and modes, offering versatility beyond just playing connected tracks.

2. When it comes to size, PLAY mirrors the dimensions of a real piano, offering an authentic tactile experience. Conversely, TOK boasts a compact and lightweight design, ideal for seamless transport between venues. If you're after that true-to-life piano feel, PLAY is the way to go. However, if portability is a priority, TOK shines with its lightweight and easy-to-carry features.

3. Apart from their individual pros and cons, both TOK and Play share a common advantage as The ONE's musical products. They transcend being mere instruments; they're your personal teachers. These products interact seamlessly with free teaching apps, providing a treasure trove of songs and lessons. Utilizing these apps enhances your practice sessions, offering a diverse range of free resources to refine your musical skills.


( The ONE TOK Keyboard, click here to get our product )( https://theonemusic/product/TOK )


( The ONE PLAY Piano, click here to get our product ) ( https://theonemusic/product/PLAY )

In Conclusion:

Congratulations on making it this far! You're practically a pro at telling keyboards and pianos apart now. Remember, whether you're diving into the vibrant world of The ONE PLAY or exploring the diverse performances of The ONE TOK, music is your happy place. So buckle up for an adventure that'll elevate your emotions to a whole new level of musical bliss!