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Yamaha PSR-E453 Portable Keyboard 61-Key (Discontinued)

88 out of 100. Incorporating 350+ ratings and reviews.

Gearank Recommendation

The PSR-E453 first appeared on our recommended list for Portable Keyboards Under $500 from September 2016 until October 2017.

Then in June 2018 it had high enough ratings to go back on the list where it remained until it was removed in April 2020.


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.

The general trend in the reviews is that people like this keyboard for its playability, sound quality and value for money.


We used to recommend this keyboard, however it is no longer available new. There are alternative options available which you can find in our guide to The Best Portable Keyboards.


  • 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.


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