Updated: January 25, 2020 by Richard Cole
Yamaha is an authority in the world of keyboards, that is for sure. They have one of the most flexible lineups available on the market at the moment.
Aside of their top tier keyboards and digital pianos, this brand has a pretty well developed entry level lineup that is worth mentioning. We are specifically talking about the PSR series. There are several models that carry this designation, and some of them we have already reviewed. The consensus is that these are fairly capable boards that bring a great balance of price and performance.
With that said, it’s time to talk about the flagship model of this family, the Yamaha E443. This keyboard is a bit more advanced than the rest of the models in the PRS line. The best thing is that Yamaha didn’t pump up the price too much, but has included some pretty impressive features that many will find useful.
Today we are going to go a bit in depth, and see what exactly does this keyboard have to offer.
Let’s go in depth !
When it comes to entry level boards, there are several things that need to be considered. What you want to have in a keyboard of this type is a good set of keys first and foremost.
The thing about affordable keyboards is that you can’t count on getting a high quality sound, but you should at least have a good enough keyboard that will allow you to familiarize yourself with the dynamic of the keys. This will allow you to build a solid foundation for later. Yamaha E443 offers that type of experience, and so much more.
This keyboard comes in an enclosure that stands out significantly from your usual design that we can see in the entry level segment of the market. We have mentioned this numerous times, but that gray plastic appearance is so awful that it needs to be made illegal. Yamaha, fortunately for us, decide to go with a clean black look for this model and the rest of the PSR series.
This is a 61 key model that comes with full size keys. There is no weighted action, but you do get touch sensitive performance. This brings the Yamaha E443 a bit closer to the pianist end of the isle.>> <<
In terms of presets and voices, you are looking at 731 high quality choices and 186 different backing styles. There is a a basic sequencer included in the package as well. One of the est things about the Yamaha E443 is the real time control and a feature which enables you to edit on board voices to a certain extent.
That is the type of versatility you rarely see in this segment of the market. It also comes with real time pitch control, several pads, and many more features that will be interesting to both beginners and intermediate players alike.
In terms of hands-on performance, Yamaha E443 is delivering on all fronts. The keys are quality made and feel nice under your hand. Being touch sensitive, there is a certain range of expression you can apply in your performance. The quality of voices is pretty good, but nothing too special.
However, considering how huge the preset library is, we have to give kudos to Yamaha for generous. All of that combined with a good build quality make this Yamaha a sound choice for any new keyboard player.
What we like
Yamaha E443 is among the most complex entry level keyboards on the market. That is simply a fact. It offers a great balance of performance, utility, and flexibility to those who need some variety on a budget.
On top of all that, it is reasonably price to a point where even the intermediate players looking for a home rig might decide to get one of these.
What we don’t like
There isn’t much we can say is bad about this keyboard.
Yamaha E443 is the flagship model of the PSR series, and as such really surprises with the number of features and options it offers.
If you are looking for a reliable and quality made budget keyboard, you should definitely check out this Yamaha. It might just be exactly what you were looking for all along.