Yamaha YPG-235 Portable Keyboard 76-Key (Discontinued)
The YPG-235 portable keyboard exemplifies Yamaha's student friendly design, combining good playability and practice enhancing features while keeping the price accessible.
It features 76 graded hammer piano style keys that better resembles the playing feel of an acoustic piano, and give you more notes to play with compared to the usual 61-key configuration keyboards in this price range.
It also lets you utilize various sounds to play a variety of musical styles, keeping practice fun and interesting.
This keyboard is labeled as a portable arranger, pointing to its sequencing and recording capabilities, features that even experienced musicians appreciate.
- 76 Piano Style Full Size Keys
- Action: Graded Hammer
- Velocity Sensitive
- 32-note Polyphony
- Dual and Split Mode
- 6-track Sequencer
- Pitch Bend Wheel
- 2-way Stereo Speakers with Bass Ports
- USB MIDI
- 150 styles, 30 internal songs and 70 more on CD
- Flash ROM memory for downloading new songs
- Music Rest
- Optional Sustain Pedal
- Runs on 6 x D batteries
- Optional PA5D power adapter
- Weight: 18.31 lbs.
This top rated portable keyboard has mostly good things written about it. Many agree that it is a great bang per buck keyboard with all its features, and you'll often find users reporting that it works as advertised, even exceeding the expectations of some users. Of its many sounds, the Grand Piano setting got a lot praise, with many saying that it sounds more expensive than it actually is.
Some users gave this keyboard a slightly lower score because the power adapter does not come with the package, so it is recommended to either buy one that's bundled or buy a power adapter at the same time so you can use the instrument out of the box. Experienced players who got the YPG-235 reported on clicking noises when pressing the keys, the noise varies from subtly distracting to really annoying, and that it will be obvious when playing at lower volumes. Silent practicing with headphones is a good work around.
The YPG-235 is a great beginner to intermediate keyboard for serious students of the instrument, it also falls within a good price point where the quality you're getting is better than what you're paying for.
It's no longer available new from most stores, so if you can't find one to buy then check out the alternatives in our guide to The Best Portable Keyboards.