Yamaha PSR e353 keyboard is the more recent version (replacing the psr e343) and is loaded with several useful features and built-in piano lessons, besides being reasonably-priced. Its a beginner keyboard with 61-key touch sensitive keys that makes it perfect for beginner students who want to learn and practice.
Pros: Competitively priced considering the number of features, has Touch Sensitive Keys, has sequencer where you can record your own songs, lets you connect the keyboard to iPhone/iPad, Aux Line Input, Melody suppressor makes your practice session more effective when playing songs from external sources.
Cons: You won’t get pro-quality sounds, No pitch-bend controls
Who Is It For?
If you are serious about learning, touch sensitive keys are recommended, and this keyboard has it. This is why the PSR-e353 a good buy, considering the price, the several features, and the overall sound quality. For entry-level price, this is a nice keyboard with lots of features and a good sound.
For best experience, you may want to check out the bundled package kit, which costs a bit more but the package includes useful accessories such as power adapter, stereo headphones, and a keyboard stand.
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Here are more features of the Yamaha PSR e353:
One great feature of this keyboard is the addition of “Aux Line Input and Melody Suppressor”. Now you can connect any device with a line output (mobile device, computer, mixer) to the AUX-in port and hear yourself play along with your favorite artists. The best part is that you can suppress the melody line in your favorite songs so that you can play along with the song. I think its a cool feature, something that will really help you learn to play your favorite songs much faster.
The recording feature (sequencer) is great for practice as well as composing. With the Easy Recording feature you can record up to five original songs and save them to the onboard memory.
With one touch of the Portable Grand Button, the entire keyboard plays as a piano. For such a low-priced keyboard, it’s a pretty good piano sound.
With the Y.E.S. (Yamaha Education Suite), you can practice preset songs using more advanced lesson functions. Although this is not a replacement to a good music teacher (or software), its definitely useful for revising important musical concepts.
The Auto Power-Off Mode feature conserves power when operating using batteries. The keyboard automatically turns off if it hasn’t been played for a set amount of time.
If you’re thinking of buying a good entry level keyboard, with touch sensitive keyboards, then this is worth checking out. If you’re not very fussy about the brand, you may also consider keyboards from Casio at this price range. But Yamaha is a trusted brand and this keyboard offers good features and sounds. It has all the features for learning as well as practicing.