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Yamaha PSR-E423 61 Touch Sensitive Keyboard
on March 7, 2011
** UPDATE on February 24th, 2012: I can confirm that the MAC OS X driver is finally available for download at Yamaha's website under PSR-E 423. I've added a link in the discussions section of this review for anyone interested. I am also giving the PSR-E 423 4 stars now instead of my previous 3.75 for the convenience of Yamaha's newly added MAC OS X driver.
It's OK. Yes it has lots of features but I had hoped for better sound. I like that you can turn off the touch sensitive feature which makes the volume of keys pushed louder. You can turn the TS feature on and off according to your needs. One may be able to hook up the keyboard to amplifiers but I haven't tried since I bought this mainly for home use. Overall it's a fun beginner keyboard. The AC adapter which must be purchased separately is a bit short so take that into consideration when deciding where to place the keyboard. I personally think It's a bit overpriced for what you get despite all the features. I would sacrifice some of the extras to get better sound. For example, I don't need the phone ringing sound or footsteps or Jet engine sounds.
A warning to all people buying this to use with a Mac computer: THE SOFTWARE PROVIDED ONLY WORKS WITH WINDOWS. THE DRIVERS YOU CAN INSTALL FROM THEIR WEBSITE IS ONLY FOR WINDOWS. SO FAR I HAVE FOUND NO WAY OF USING THE KEYBOARD WITH MY MACBOOK. I was aware of this before I purchased it and am not complaining about it because I have a windows based machine to use it with. Just thought other people might like to know that for now (maybe in the future yamaha will provide drivers for use with MAC) it is not Mac compatible.
I fell in love with the Keyboard before I purchased it, I was a little disappointed after I got it and heard all the sounds. Still It is a decent keyboard, just not quite what I was hoping for, and I spent months researching before picking this one out.
This is a great keyboard for beginners, not so much for intermediate players even though it's advertised as being geared towards both.
3.75 stars from me
*UPDATE on Feb. 24th, 2012: Now 4 stars for the convenience of Yamaha's newly added MAC OS X driver.