My sister wants to get a digital piano or keyboard, so I thought I'd ask for advice on here since I know nothing at all about them- we both used to play acoustic upright piano, but don't know anything about the digital gear.
How much do you have to pay to get something which is "good enough" if you're used to a half-decent upright piano? We were hoping around sort of £300 to £500 might do it, because at that kind of money we could buy one and not worry too much about it, whereas with a more expensive one, we'll think about it for ages and maybe never get round to getting one at all
How important is having a weighted action? If it is important, what is the "best" version of it? (Since I see lots of different terms for it.) Can you turn off the weighted action if you don't like it?
I think it'd be better to get a more portable one which can be put away when not in use, but I think it's still best to get one with the proper 88 keys. (It's just for use at home, not gigging.)
Finally, what's the difference between a digital piano and a keyboard? I might be wrong, but to me it seems like a digital piano is maybe better if getting something as close as possible to a "real" piano is the aim, whereas a keyboard is better for more different types of sounds, having the ability to bend the pitch etc.. Do I have that right? Is either one considered to be a better idea, or is it just whichever one suits what you want better (I assume the latter)?
If you have any recommendations for brands which are known to be good and specific models, that would be great.
Thanks in advance for your help,