Yamaha PSR-E363 Portable Keyboard

£285.94

(as of 12/07/2020 12:12 GMT*)
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Description

  • 61 keys – touch sensitive
  • 574 voices and 165 backing styles
  • 154 preset songs
  • 12 new reverb effects
  • All new Yamaha Education Suite (YES) lesson function
  • Key to success and Touch Tutor function
  • USB connection to laptop, table or desktop PC

Yamaha PSR-E363 electronic keyboard review

When you pay between £100-200 for a keyboard you expect to see a lot of features and good quality sound. There are much cheaper options out there, but I feel that the Yamaha PSR-E363 portable keyboard is for the more serious player. Sure, this could be classed as a ‘beginner’ keyboard, but because you can do so much with this it falls into the advanced players territory nicely too.

Let’s take a look at the Yamaha PSR-E363 and see what I thought!

Yamaha PSR-E363 Portable Keyboard – Sound

Starting with the standard piano sound the Yamaha PSR-E363 portable keyboard got off to a good start. It’s a little on the bright side, but then most keyboards are. For a more authentic and rich piano sound you would need to spend a lot more on a digital piano. But the PSR-E363 isn’t going to shock you with its piano sound because it has another 573 instruments to handle.

With nearly 600 different instruments to choose you will have a hard time trying to get through them all. I tried my best to play through some of the really popular sounds, like the strings, organs, brass, and so on – and I was impressed. Some of them fall a little flat, but that’s always to be expected when you pay so little for a quality keyboard like this. There are some fantastic details that Yamaha have injected into this keyboard. Take the saxophone for example – you can hear the breath of the player! Overall I was impressed that this was able to hold so many voices and do a good job of making them sound authentic.

The speakers on a keyboard are always small, and there’s no exception here. To keep things lightweight and portable you have to cut costs in certain areas, but the speakers still did a good job. The quality of the sound didn’t distort at high levels and everything was fine.

With so many backing tracks to also choose from I had a lot of fun playing a few popular songs, much to the annoyance or hopefully joy of everyone else in the keyboard shop! So the sound is good and I would certainly recommend this to a beginner or even advanced player.

To hear how the Yamaha PSR-E363 portable keyboard sounds, here’s a demonstration:

Touch and feel

It’s quite rare to find a keyboard at this price that has touch sensitive keys. This means they play louder when you hit them harder. A very nice feature indeed which I would always recommend to anyone looking for a keyboard. The keys were very nice to play, and although they are not weighted (which is to be expected), they felt a little softer underneath the fingers. They were quite springy, and the touch sensitivity worked very well.

Features

Have I already mentioned that there are 574 voices on the PSR-E363? It’s certainly worth revisiting this feature because it sells it for me. It’s such a huge amount of instruments to perform with, and although you may not even use half of them it’s nice to see that Yamaha are trying to give you as much for your money as possible.

Another stand out feature of the PSR-E363 is the Yamaha Education Suite or Y.E.S. This allows you to play along and learn songs and the keyboard will wait for you. There are lots of other additional teaching features, and all of them are proven to work. I can easily see how looking at the notes on the keyboards screen whilst playing along would help someone to quickly get used to the keys – an awesome feature!

Price and summary

I would highly recommend this keyboard and Yamaha have certainly done it again! The price at the time of writing this review is around £149. A very modest price indeed for the amount of features that are packed into this keyboard.

This kind of price allows anyone to begin playing and to take advantage of the in-built teaching functions. It’s the perfect keyboard for a beginner, but someone advanced would also be able to show off their talents on this as well!

If you are looking for something in the £150 range, then please also check out what I thought of the Yamaha YPT-260.

Additional information

Brand

Yamaha

No. of keys

61 keys

Key weight

Not weighted

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