Yamaha PSR E253 Review

Yamaha PSR E253 Review
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Time for an honest Yamaha PSR E253 review. If you really want the ins and outs of a product, you need to consult an expert. That is exactly where we factor into the equation.

We have taken a close look at this keyboard for the express purpose of finding out if is right for you.

To do this, we analyze every aspect of a piano that might be relevant to musicians at every skill level.

We found out about the things that this piano does right, and the things that it could use some work at.

Everything that we learned has been assembled in the guide before you now. All that is left for you to do is to sit back, relax, and enjoy your guide.

Yamaha PSR E253
Our rating: (4.4 / 5)

Important Considerations

Let’s now take a look at some important considerations pertaining to the Yamaha PSR E253.


The biggest selling point of this piano is definitely going to be its price. Yamaha is known for making very good products that often have very high price tags.

Not the case here. The PSR E253 is about as affordable as you should ever reasonably expect a keyboard to be.

Yamaha PSRE253 61-Key Portable Keyboard

Now, suffice it to say, you do face some built-in problems with buying on the cheap. We will enumerate those cons in a subsequent section. For now, just understand that you aren’t getting a keyboard that comes with bells and whistles.

Still, if you are new to the piano, the affordable price is definitely a good opportunity.

Touch Sensitivity

Unfortunately, the keys lack many of the features that come with higher-end units. However, they do benefit from one key piece of technology. Touch sensitivity.

Touch sensitivity is so simple that you would almost take it for granted. The term refers to a keyboard’s ability to register the difference between a soft and a hard note.

On an acoustic, the feature is obviously a natural component of the instrument. On an electric keyboard, it is something that needs to be deliberately added.

Yamaha PSR E253

Virtually every high-end keyboard comes with this feature included. In fact, it is considered so basic, that they might not even list it as a feature.

However, when you get into the price territory that we are looking at it is never a given. That being the case, it is quite nice to see here.

Lots Of Voices

You also get lots of different voices for the PSR E253. Voices, for the uninitiated reader, refer not to human sounds, but to different tones that the piano is able to produce. You get 253 here. They range from a wide variety of different instruments and tones, to even multiple kinds of pianos.

For many, the tones are really just a novelty. However, depending on your intentions with the keyboard, they could be quite handy to have.


It is also worth mentioning that the E253 is going to be very easy to move around. This is actually a handier feature than you might at first assume.

Remember, this is not a keyboard that comes with a stand. That being the case, you may have occasion to move it more often than you might at first assume.

Yamaha PSRE253 61-Key Portable

The dimensions of this unit are such that it can be played on a desk or table without issue. However, if the space has not been designated to exclusively accommodate the keyboard, you may find yourself often needing to move it.

Thanks to compact dimensions, and a low weight of only ten pounds, that won’t be a problem.


Most of the issues that plague this keyboard are inherent to its purpose. This is a basic unit made for beginners that don’t demand the same level of quality that experienced players do. You don’t get a low price tag without making a few concessions.

The biggest problem is that the keyboard is pretty radically undersized. A normal piano is going to have eighty-eight keys. As a beginner, you will only use a very small portion of these keys. However, as your skills improve, you will move on to other regions of the instrument.

Skilled players are definitely going to want a full-sized keyboard. Unfortunately, you just don’t get that here. The PSR E253 includes only sixty-one keys- which you may very well outgrow in a relatively short period of time.

To make matters worse, the keys also are not weighted. This means that you will not experience much of any resistance when you push down on them.

The touch sensitivity is the only saving grace when it comes to the keyboard.

Then there are just general issues that come with the territory of buying a cheap piano. There is no stand, and you don’t get any pedals either.

The short of it is that this is a very bare-bones piano. The beginner does benefit from a low price-tag that will allow them to experiment with the piano without much financial risk. The unfortunate thing is that if you find yourself enjoying the instrument there is a built-in dilemma.

Eventually, and probably fairly soon, you will need to upgrade.

Pros And Cons

We have nearly concluded our review. You have seen what the Yamaha PSR E253 does right, and what it struggles with. Now it is time to make your decision about this keyboard. To help you do that, we have assembled a brief list of its pros and cons.

Pros Of Yamaha PSR E253

  • Affordable
  • Easy to move around
  • Lots of tone options
  • Touch sensitivity

Cons Of Yamaha PSR E253

  • Incomplete keyboard
  • No stand/pedals
  • Keys not weighted


Time for some final thoughts. As you can see, the PSR E253 has plenty of strong suits.  Let’s not kid ourselves. This is a very basic piano. In fact, this is about as basic as Yamaha gets with their products.

Still, there is a large market for basic keyboards. If you are just starting out, it might make good sense for you to start with a small investment.

If you want an affordable piano that packs a punch, this is a great option to consider.