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PSRE253 with convenient accessories option.

The Yamaha PSRE253 is available with the Yamaha Survival Kit, which contains a power adapter that is perfect for your keyboard, a footswitch and a set of stereo headphones. You also receive a two-year extended warranty and more than $200 in rebate offers on great Yamaha instruments and accessories, along with learning software, additional songs and more. The PSRE253 is also available with all of this and a set of eight AA batteries. Select from the dropdown menu.

New portable with lesson program and great sound
The Yamaha PSR-E253 portable digital keyboard is packed full of great sounds and features, ideal for aspiring musicians who are just starting out. Use the on-board lesson feature, Yamaha Education Suite (Y.E.S.), to learn the 100 built-in songs, or explore the 385 instrument Voices and 100 Styles to create your own music. The Aux line input turns the PSR-E253 into a speaker system for your MP3 player so you can listen to and play along with your music collection.

385 high-quality voices
The PSR-E253 comes with a diverse array of 385 different voices. The grand piano voices in particular utilize stereo-sampled sounds with a superb feeling of presence. Players can enjoy reverb effects for the feeling of playing in a concert hall, and choruses that add extra breadth and resonance to the sound.

Lesson suite details
The lesson function offers a total of nine stages”three for the left hand, three for the right, and three for both hands, helping beginning players to practice the songs stored in the instrument. There's a scoring function that makes it fun to practice and improve, and a "waiting" function that adjusts the tempo to the person playing, pausing the accompaniment until the correct note is played.

Compact, portable design
Weighing in at around nine pounds, the PSR-E253 is light enough to take anywhere with ease. It can even run on batteries for live performances. Connect your audio player to the PSR-E253 and listen to, or play along with, your favorite music through the instrument's speakers.

FEATURES
Dimensions
Width: 940mm (37-1/8)
Height: 106mm (4-1/4)
Depth: 317mm (12-1/2)
Weight
Weight: 4.0kg
Control Interface
Keyboard
Number of Keys: 61
Display: Type: LCD display
Language: English
Voices
Tone Generation: Tone Generating Technology: AWM Stereo Sampling
Polyphony: Number of Polyphony (Max.): 32
Preset: Number of Voices: 372 Voices + 13 drum/SFX kits
Effects
Types: Reverb: Yes
Chorus: Yes
Master EQ: Yes
Ultra-Wide Stereo: Yes
Functions: Panel Sustain: Yes
Accompaniment Styles
Preset: Number of Preset Styles: 100
Fingering: Multi
Style Control: ACMP ON/OFF, SYNC START, START/STOP, INTRO/ENDING/rit, MAIN/AUTO FILL
Other Features: One Touch Setting (OTS): Yes
Songs
Preset: Number of Preset Songs: 102
Recording: Number of Songs: 1
Number of Tracks: 1
Data Capacity: Approx. 300 notes
Compatible Data Format: Recording: Original File Format
Functions
Lesson/Guide: [1 LISTEN & LEARN], [2 TIMING], [3 WAITING], [A-B REPEAT], [CHORD DICTIONARY]
Lesson/Guide: Yamaha Education Suite (Y.E.S.): Yes
Overall Controls: Metronome: Yes
Tempo Range: 11 - 280
Transpose: -12 to 0, 0 to +12
Tuning: 427.0 - 440.0 - 453.0 Hz (approx.0.2Hz increments)
Duo: Yes
Miscellaneous: PIANO Button: Yes
Storage and Connectivity
Connectivity: DC IN: DC IN 12V
Headphones: [PHONES/OUTPUT] x 1
Sustain Pedal: [SUSTAIN] x 1
AUX IN: Yes
Amplifiers and Speakers
Amplifiers: 2.5W+2.5W
Speakers: 12cm—2
Power Supply
Power Supply: Users within U.S or Europe: PA-130 or an equivalent recommended by Yamaha Others: PA-3C, PA-130 or an equivalent. Six "AA" size alkaline (LR6), manganese (R6) or Ni-MH rechargeable batteries
Power Consumption: 6W (When using PA-130 power adaptor)
Auto Power Off Function: Yes

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YamahaPSRE253 61-Key Portable Keyboard
 
5.0

(based on 22 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (21)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

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    (0)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (21)
  • Responsive / good action (17)
  • Portable (16)
  • Pre-programmed music (15)
  • Good audio (14)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Learning (14)
  • Accompaniment (9)
  • Travel (6)
  • Electronic music (4)
  • School bands (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Novice (9), Experienced (8)

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(11 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Nice priced keyboard

By Big Bob

from Pennsboro, WV

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Pros

  • Easy to Use
  • Portable
  • Realistic Sound
  • Touch Sensitive Keys

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Travel

    Comments about Yamaha PSRE253 61-Key Portable Keyboard:

    Easy to use, has plenty of good sounds. Can't beat the price and fits our duo fine. The batteries save an extra plug and I can mic the speaker and run it right into the mains. The keyboard speakers act like a monitor, so no amp is require and that save me less gear to take.

    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Does the job

    By Arco Steve

    from Wisconsin

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    Pros

    • Easy to Use
    • Portable
    • Realistic Sound
    • Responsive / Good Action
    • Touch Sensitive Keys

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Accompaniment
      • Concerts
      • Learning

      Comments about Yamaha PSRE253 61-Key Portable Keyboard:

      I am a lifelong bass guitar player who's always wanted to learn a little keyboard and this board is perfect for someone starting out. It has everything you need and nothing you dont. The only complaint I have is that the cheesy sustain pedal included in the survival kit only lasted me about an hour before it quit, but I planned on getting a better one anyway so it's no big deal.

      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      This is a very good product for the price.

      By Fred6771

      from Muskegon, Michigan

      About Me Novice

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy to Use
      • Portable
      • Pre-programmed music
      • Realistic Sound
      • Responsive / Good Action

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Electronic Music
        • Learning
        • Travel

        Comments about Yamaha PSRE253 61-Key Portable Keyboard:

        I am looking forward to becoming better at using a keyboard. It is very nice to have the 385 voices. Thanks to all involved for producing and supplying this product. God Bless!!!

        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great keyboard

        By Kcsdrums

        from Batten rouge Louisiana

        About Me Professional Musician

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        Pros

        • Easy to Use
        • Pre-programmed music
        • Responsive / Good Action

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Accompaniment
          • Learning

          Comments about Yamaha PSRE253 61-Key Portable Keyboard:

          Bought this for my son. He enjoys it immensely. Super easy to use. Plug-and-play. I recommend buying the Yamaha survival kit that includes the much needed power cord otherwise you're running it off batteries. They are not supplied

          (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Lots of "bang" for the buck with this budget priced keyboard

          By Dave

          from undisclosed

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          Comments about Yamaha PSRE253 61-Key Portable Keyboard:

          This is a very good Keyboard for the price. Very happy with purchase! Thank you Yamaha for putting so many features, and so much quality into an affordable keyboard. Thank you Musicians Friend for offering this item at such a good price!

          (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great Keyboard

          By Shady Grady

          from Athens Alabama

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          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy to Use
          • Portable
          • Pre-programmed music
          • Realistic Sound
          • Responsive / Good Action
          • Sound quality is great and perfect size
          • Touch Sensitive Keys

          Cons

          • NO CONS

          Best Uses

          • One man band

          Comments about Yamaha PSRE253 61-Key Portable Keyboard:

          IT FITS RIGHT INTO MY ONE MAN BAND GIG "SOUND, QUALITY AND SIZE".

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          I would like to buy this again for the same price

          By Pat Sorum

          from Willston, ND

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy to Use
          • Portable
          • Pre-programmed music
          • Realistic Sound
          • Responsive / Good Action
          • Touch Sensitive Keys

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Yamaha PSRE253 61-Key Portable Keyboard:

              Great piano...I bought it for a children's home and the kids love it...

              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Super Cal Fragilitic Expy Alidotious

              By Waikaki Willie

              from North Myrtle Beach, S.C.

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              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy to Use
              • Portable
              • Pre-programmed music
              • Responsive / Good Action

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Accompaniment

                Comments about Yamaha PSRE253 61-Key Portable Keyboard:

                Great product -easy to set up and use - good sounds - great background sounds

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Great product!

                By Jessic

                from Florida

                About Me Novice

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy to Use
                • Portable
                • Pre-programmed music

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Learning

                  Comments about Yamaha PSRE253 61-Key Portable Keyboard:

                  Daughter can practice now after her piano lessons.

                  (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Really nice starter keyboard.

                  By ML

                  from Philadelphia, Pa.

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                  Pros

                  • a bargain
                  • a whole lot of fun.
                  • Easy to Use
                  • Realistic Sound

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Just messing around with it.
                    • Learning

                    Comments about Yamaha PSRE253 61-Key Portable Keyboard:

                    I'm a lifelong guitar player, bought this on a whim and I'm now having a lot of fun with it. Get the Yamaha stand with it, well worth it.

                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    I like this keyboard. It is what my granddaughter asked me.

                    By Ruta

                    from NJ

                    About Me Child

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy to Use
                    • It is better that I expected for this price
                    • Portable
                    • Pre-programmed music
                    • Realistic Sound
                    • Responsive / Good Action

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Learning
                      • School Bands

                      Comments about Yamaha PSRE253 61-Key Portable Keyboard:

                      It is the good product for my granddaughter in her studying music

                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      great keyboard and accessory kit

                      By Glass Mom

                      from Coats, N.C.

                      About Me Child

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy to Use
                      • Pre-programmed music
                      • Responsive / Good Action

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Learning

                        Comments about Yamaha PSRE253 61-Key Portable Keyboard:

                        Granddaughters were very pleased and are enjoying playing and learning.

                        (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Very worth the purchase. It came before its delivery date.

                        By X King

                        from Watervliet, NY

                        About Me Experienced

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy to Use
                        • I didn't like the sensetive keys.
                        • Portable
                        • Pre-programmed music
                        • Responsive / Good Action
                        • Touch Sensitive Keys

                        Cons

                        • Limited Sound Selection

                        Best Uses

                        • Chamber Music
                        • Electronic Music
                        • Learning
                        • School Bands
                        • Travel

                        Comments about Yamaha PSRE253 61-Key Portable Keyboard:

                        Since I am thinking about becoming a music major, and soon after a music educator, learning the fundamentals of the piano/keyboard is an essential. I had no experience what's so ever. Although I sorta have perfect pitch, the piano/keyboard practice is so well for me. Also, getting used of playing on a piano/keyboard so it's all great. I entertain/annoy my siblings everyday with my practice. I hope I can get to the point in experience where I can play so fast and so passionately, without looking at the music because I'll be that awesome!

                        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Good Value

                        By okcomputer

                        from Phoenix, AZ

                        About Me Experienced

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy to Use
                        • Portable
                        • Realistic Sound
                        • Responsive / Good Action

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Learning

                          Comments about Yamaha PSRE253 61-Key Portable Keyboard:

                          I bought this for my 5 and 7 year old nephews who just started taking piano lessons. It's definitely not pro quality, but is solid, has good sound, and is perfect for anyone looking to pick up a keyboard without spending their life savings.

                          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          I would definitely buy this product again.

                          By Lali

                          from Brady, Tx

                          About Me Novice

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                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy to Use
                          • Portable
                          • Pre-programmed music
                          • Realistic Sound
                          • Responsive / Good Action
                          • Touch Sensitive Keys

                          Cons

                          • Heavy

                          Best Uses

                          • Accompaniment
                          • Electronic Music
                          • Learning
                          • School Bands
                          • Travel

                          Comments about Yamaha PSRE253 61-Key Portable Keyboard:

                          This is a great instrument for someone who is just learning or who is experience with the key board. Easy to use and plays wonderful.

                           
                          5.0

                          Full size 5 octave keyboard in compact size

                          By Frankie

                          from Austin, TX

                          About Me Experienced

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy to Use
                          • Portable
                          • Responsive / Good Action

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Travel

                            Comments about Yamaha PSRE253 61-Key Portable Keyboard:

                            I wanted a keyboard that I can easily carry around (like how people tote a guitar around) to play in a park or on the go anywhere. It lets me play anywhere, not just at home. Now I can play in my car back seat (good if you have spare time between appointments), or break room table at work on my lunch hour. This is perfect for that purpose. I run it off rechargeable AA batteries but it could be powered by a 12 volt car charging socket or an a/c adapter. My goal was to have fast and easy setup with no wires and play anywhere and this is the best low-cost solution for that purpose.

                            I thought about buying a MIDI controller with my iPhone but in reality on my lunch hour I don't want to use up time setting up wires, launching the app, setting up a sheet music stand, etc. Yamaha includes a good music stand that quickly slips into the top which is another fast setup feature that I like.

                            There are over 300 sounds in the unit, half of them quite good the other half are not-so-good as you would expect. The piano, epiano, organs, and synths have quite a few good choices. The unit is durable, lightweight, the five octave, full-size keys have nice synth action and are quiet. I've owned a few other portable Yamaha keyboards over the years (gave them to my kids or friends when I got a new one) and never had a problem with any of them. They keys are not mushy and the tension is perfect for me and I think for most people. I think five octave is perfect for portable use. For years I had a four octave MIDI keyboard and I was constantly having to go down an octave when hitting the high notes, hated that. The keys are not touch sensitive. This unit does not have MIDI nor USB. It does have a 1/4 inch headphone jack (wish it had 1/8 but an adapter solves that). I may connect it to my car radio aux input one day and have a jam session in the car. For the price and for my purposes I'm happy and I won't worry too much if it gets damaged I'll just get another one.

                            Service and delivery comments:

                            Excellent delivery.

                             
                            5.0

                            I would definitely buy this again

                            By Seawolf

                            from Gurnee, IL

                            About Me Novice

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                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy to Use
                            • Pre-programmed music
                            • Realistic Sound
                            • Responsive / Good Action

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Accompaniment
                              • Chamber Music
                              • Concerts
                              • Electronic Music
                              • Learning

                              Comments about Yamaha PSRE253 61-Key Portable Keyboard:

                              This is for my own enjoyment and learning how to play piano

                               
                              5.0

                              Perfect

                              By Marilynn

                              from Topeka, KS

                              About Me Experienced

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Easy to Use
                              • Portable
                              • Pre-programmed music
                              • Realistic Sound
                              • Responsive / Good Action
                              • Touch Sensitive Keys

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Accompaniment

                                Comments about Yamaha PSRE253 61-Key Portable Keyboard:

                                This keyboard works perfect for my wants- - - a casual user to entertain myself.
                                I did have to call in order to locate the free online song book but customer service was patient & helpful.

                                 
                                5.0

                                Everything I was looking for in a beginnier Keyboard

                                By rudeboyz321

                                from Lewistown,Pa.

                                About Me Novice

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Easy to Use
                                • Portable
                                • Pre-programmed music
                                • Realistic Sound
                                • Responsive / Good Action
                                • Touch Sensitive Keys

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Accompaniment
                                  • Learning
                                  • Travel

                                  Comments about Yamaha PSRE253 61-Key Portable Keyboard:

                                  Learning and practice

                                   
                                  5.0

                                  My new keyboard yippee

                                  By Lynn

                                  from New Hampshire

                                  About Me Novice

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Easy to Use

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Learning

                                    Comments about Yamaha PSRE253 61-Key Portable Keyboard:

                                    I work in a school and was in music class. The kids get to use keyboards. I became very enticed and decided I had to have one. So glad I did. I LOVE IT

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