Yamaha PSR-E453 Portable Keyboard 61-Key

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85 out of 100. Incorporating 50+ ratings and reviews.

Street Price: 

$280
Yamaha PSR-E453
Yamaha PSR-E453

The PSR series is one of Yamaha's more popular line of keyboards, and it continues to carry the brand in the entry to mid-tier market.

The PSR-E453 sits at the sweet spot where the price is still within the entry level range, while the features cross over into intermediate and even advanced territory. Compared to the YPG-235 which feels more like a piano, the PSR-E453 plays more like a synth/organ, and features more sounds and more control over the sounds for experimental and modern electronic music styles.

It does have the portable Grand Piano function, but its strength is its softer playability, versatility and arranger features.

Features:

  • 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 12V DC power supply
  • Weight: 14.9 lbs.

Pros

Many of the reviewers who rated this keyboard highly either gave the keyboard to a loved one who wants to start playing keys, or they themselves got the unit as a gift. And it's interesting how they still took the time to write great things about the PSR-E453, given that they either didn't spend any money on it, or will just be giving it away. The general trend in the reviews is that people like this keyboard for its playability, sound quality and value for money.

Cons

Not having a power supply were reported by few reviewers, they were irked that they have to pay extra for the power adapter, or that they weren't properly informed that the unit doesn't come bundled with it. There were also some who didn't like the non-graded synth style keys, but this is more of a preference issue than a quality one. Following the trend in this price range, a number of users rated the keyboard a bit lower because of the poor quality of the accessories that were bundled with the unit.

Overall

We used to recommend this keyboard, however as of October 2017 there are now more highly rated options available which you can find in our guide to The Best Portable Keyboards - MIDI Enabled Under $500.