Yamaha EZ-220 Portable Arranger Keyboard - Battery Powered w/ MIDI
As part of Yamaha's popular PSR Series, the PSR-453 also exemplifies the company's goal of putting quality instruments in the hands of students and intermediate keyboardists.
It balances price and features nicely, with soft synth style playability, 758 onboard sounds in addition to its multiple piano sounds, 220 accompaniments for jamming along with, and a wide range of buttons for control and more.
- 61 Synth Style Full Size Keys
- Action: Touch Response
- Velocity Sensitive
- 48-note Polyphony
- 758 onboard voices
- One button Grand Piano mode
- Pitch wheel and 2 control knobs
- 150 arpeggio patterns help create complex arrangements
- 220 intelligent accompaniment styles help you flesh out songs
- 26-type harmonization
- 6-track recorder
- Onboard effects (Chorus, Reverbm Stereo, EQ)
- 3.5mm aux-in
- USB MIDI + USB connectivity
- Can run on 6 x AA batteries
- Optional power supply
- Weight: 14.9 lbs.
Playability and versatility are the best traits of the Yamaha PSR-E453. Many of the reviews are from parents and teachers who either bought one for some else or recommend it. It also gets a lot of thumbs up for its overall reliability and intuitive design.
Shipping issues and missing accessories make up most of the few negative reviews. There are also some who are not too happy with having to buy a power supply separately. Playing feel preference also comes up a few times, with complaints of the keys being too soft.
If you're into soft synth style keys, and you want a serious instrument to learn on, check out the Yamaha PSR-E453.
This was previously on our recommended list however as of April 2020 we replaced it with more highly rated options which you can see in our guide to The Best Portable Keyboards Under $500.