"Good for the "modern man," but not for sixties throwbacks like me."
I spend close to three hours at Guitar Center in Baltimore piddling around with the X50. Aside from a half-dozen decent organ patches, the sounds seemed too forced and artificial. Brass, Sax and String sounds aren't as good as my X5 and X5D, and certainly not as good as my DW-8000. Still, the X50 is a powerful little son of a gun.
The effects processors were excellent. In time, I might be able to tweak some of the lame piano patches and make them workable. Many of the arpeggiated features, although I personally have no use for them, would impress the solo musician who caters to the one-man-show venues. If you're leading a penticostal service, this could be the board for you.
Ease of Use:
Navigating the menu is what Korg is best at. I was able to access all the functions with relative ease.
I've dropped my X5D a couple times without any ill effects. The X50 looks only slightly more fragile, but, because of it's extremely light weight, the danger of dropping it at all is slim. Overall visual design is impressive.
Save the hundred bucks extra that the music stores will charge you and by it on line.
The Wow Factor:
If there was an emergency and I needed a new keyboard, like, yesterday, the X50 would do in a pinch. But I don't plan to add it to my collection. Good board for rap or hip-hop or any other genre that requires minimal compositional skill.
If only I could steal the organ patches and a couple of the EP sounds and put in my my X5D...