CME Xkey Air 25-key Bluetooth MIDI Keyboard Controller

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$199
CME Xkey Air 25-key Bluetooth MIDI Keyboard Controller
CME Xkey Air 25-key Bluetooth MIDI Keyboard Controller

The CME Xkey Air 25 is a portable 25-Key MIDI keyboard controller that does away with extra features, and focuses on playability and portability.

It is easily one of the most modern looking controllers in the market today, with its very slim and lightweight profile, which makes it easily stand out from the competition. Its thin profile makes it visually compatible with modern wireless computer keyboards, tablets and thin laptops. And like laptops, it comes with a built-in rechargeable battery that allows you to use it without having to drain the power of your mobile device.

Finally, it's not just about being sleek and portable, because CME was able to pack this keyboard with 25 full size keys (with after touch) and essential controls that many consider to be fun to use.

Specifications:

  • Keys: 25 Full-Size Synth Action Keys with Aftertouch
  • Pads: None
  • Controls: Octave Change, Pitch Bend, Modulation, Sustain
  • Octave: Octave (+/-)
  • Zones: Single
  • Automap: Yes
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth, USB
  • Control Hardware Directly: No
  • Compatibility: OSX 10.10 (Up), Windows 7 (Up), iOS
  • Power: Built-in Rechargeable Lithium Battery
  • Dimensions: 15.27" x 5.31" x 0.62"
  • Weight: 1.34 lbs.
  • Bundled Software: XKey Plus App

Pros:
Most users commend the CME Xkey Air 25 for its slim profile and aesthetic appeal. Many are also impressed with its portable features, including its built-in rechargeable battery and convenient Bluetooth connectivity. The unit's solid build and playing feel also had a lot of thumbs up.

Cons:
There are a few users who are not too happy with the spacing between keys, while some are not too happy that pitch bend and modulation are controlled via buttons instead of an analog wheel. There are some who also complained about the need for a separate MIDI Bluetooth adapter to reduce latency, but others feel that it is worth the extra money.

Overall:
If you're looking for a slick MIDI keyboard controller to match your taste in mobile devices, then check out the CME Xkey Air 25, however there are many more highly rated options available which you can see in our guide to The Best 25 Key MIDI Controller Keyboards.