Keyboards CAN be AWESOME! Because of a keyboards non-weighted or lightly weighted key action, this can allow musicians to more efficiently play organ or synth riffs in a band, for example.
HOWEVER, portable keyboards are not really the best thing for a beginning piano student to learn on. If that’s what you are looking for then you probably want a “Digital Piano“. A digital piano will have 88 weighted keys and be responsive to your touch and have a sustain (damper) pedal, and will probably sound more like a piano than a keyboard will. We have digital pianos starting as low as $499.99 (Roland FP-10), to a better value like the Roland F-140R or the best piano for beginners, the Roland HPi-50e. Most of our digital pianos are available on a rent-to-purchase option with 100% of the first six months applying toward the purchase so you can take your time to decide how well piano lessons go before committing to a purchase.