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The RJ561 Keyboard from Rockjam simply is :

And just don't take my words for this.

With more then hundreds of thousands of keyboard sold far, Rockjam RJ561 has earned the title of one of the bestselling keyboard for budding pianist in eCommerce platforms.

RockJam RJ561 and RJ5061 Keyboard Review

And all these huge numbers with whooping 85% positive feedback surely made a name for itself.

Its quite surprising that even in this competitive price the keyboard comes with complete set.

The RJ5061 and RJ561 Set Includes :

  • The Keyboard
  • Headphone
  • Stool
  • Stand
  • 1 Month Trial Of Simply Piano App
  • Face to Face Lesson for 2 Month via Take Lesson

I used it for around a week and my first impression with the instrument was way above my expectation.

But do you really believe that RJ561 or Rockjam RJ5061 can compete with entry level models like LK S250 or PSR E263 from big time players like Casio and Yamaha ?

Lets Find out :

Rockjam RJ561 Features and Specs


Design and Layout :

RJ561 Design

I really liked the overall design of all of the Rockjam RJ Series models, there's nothing out of the world experience but there's nothing bad to point out too.

The looks of RJ 761 really impresses me as layout of the keyboard is completely touch sensitive.

The body is compact and portable and can easily be adjusted at any corner of your house.

The Layout is focused toward new learners and only highlights what matters the most.

But the overall plasticky touch felt a little cheap to me.

But I Guess, at this price point its better we keep our hopes within reasonable boundaries.

So, Overall Design and Layout is good to proceed with for budding musicians.

Keys :

Keys of RJ 5061 close look

Before looking at keys, lets understand a tiny concept here.

Throughout this review I am referring RJ561 as an entry level keyboard, not as a beginner keyboard.

Both of these terms sounds similar and has same intent aswell.

But the silver lining here is that you buy "Entry Level" keyboard when you are not sure whether you can continue playing piano for long run or not.

Whereas the "Beginner" keyboard is the like the first step toward a more professional approach.

Beginner keyboards are specifically designed to keep your progress in the right track, from where progressing to the intermediate level does not feel like a drastic change.

In-short, if you are dedicated toward learning piano then you need to opt for beginner keyboard.

So, Coming back to keys, Rockjam RJ series (RJ5061, RJ761, RJ561) are entry level keyboard with 61 keys and does lacks one of the most basic functionalities that is the Weighted Keys.

Weighted Keys are one of the most crucial component of overall piano playing experience, If you are serious toward learning piano then never compromise on weighted keys.

Keys of RJ561 felt a bit stiffer than other branded keyboards and keys are also not touch sensitive, which is really a big turn off for me.

By touch sensitive I mean to say that you can’t play loud and soft sound so it doesn’t really matter whether you hit the keys gently or hard its going to have the exact same volume to it which is not cool at all.

Voices, Tones and Sound :

The overall sound quality of the RJ 561 keyboard is quite good surprisingly.

However, You can't compare the sampled sound quality with Casio or other keyboard but at this price you can't get better quality than this huge library of rhythms and tones.

The RJ 561 comes with 100 inbuilt tones, 100 rhythms and 50 demo songs. Whereas the RJ 761 just doubles the index.

RJ561 tones and songs keys

To choose a tone just push the "Tone Select" button followed by the represented tone number and you are done.

The process of selecting the Rhythms and demo are exactly same too.

LCD Display of Rockjam Keyboard

LCD display Rj5061

I didn't liked the blue back-lit as its feels very sharp at dark

But The bright LCD display of Rockjam keyboards comes handy most of the time.

The good part is every activated features, tones, rhythms are represented on the bright LCD display, which makes it quite easy to understand what’s running behind the settings.

The great thing which I personally liked about RockJam RJ561 is that when you play the demo songs the display teach you how to play the song by highlighting the keys layout in the display.

It becomes quite easy to learn and understand when the display shows you which keys you need to press to play the song.

Whats more Rockjam Keyboards Offers ?

As I mentioned earlier when it comes to number of features its hard to beat RJ561 or RJ761 keyboards. Now lets take a quick look at them :

  • Tempo Adjustment - Tempo can be explained as the time interval between the individual beats. The keyboard allows you to increase/decrease the tempos of inbuilt rhythms as required.
  • Transpose - Transpose allows you to move the complete note set to a high.
  • Metronome - The built in metronome helps in understanding the relation between timing and tempo of the rhythms.
  • The Percussion button activates the sounds of percussion instrument which are represented aside the button, in few of the models like 461AX the percussion instrument symbols are represented above the piano keys.
  • The Accompaniment button is used to increase / decrease the accompaniment volume of the in-built rhythms.
  • The Sustain button on the keyboard turns on the the sustain pedal effects without any real sustain pedal in place.
  • The keyboard also offers to record the music you play which is really a good add-on. And you can also see what buttons was used to play the song while recording in the LCD display.
  • Few of the models in the RJ series lacks this but most of them comes with Duo mode and Split mode. The Duo mode is also known as Layer mode commonly and are use to combine 2 different voices together.
  • Whereas, the Split mode divides the keyboard in two equal halves with individual voices on each hand.
Pitch bend wheel controller
  • ​What really surprises me the most is the Registration Memory and Pitch Bend Wheel functionalities. 
    I have never seen any keyboard that offers registration memory at this price tag.
    The registration memory allows you to save the registration voices and can be called with a push of a button whenever required.
  • Pitch Bend Wheels are available on few models only like RJ 5061, The pitch bend wheel allows you to bend (alter) the pitch of the voices dynamically.

The Super Kit Bundle

Now, comes the another good add-on from Rockjam keyboards, lets take a look at them along with my feedback.

Stand

Stand - At first glance I didn't expected the stand to be of a decent quality. But I must admit that I was wrong.

The stand is strong and rugged, the best part is that its easily adjustable and when the setup is complete and everything tightened up, it become quite sturdy and holds the keyboard very firmly.

free Stool

Stool - The build quality of the seat is also quite good.

The padding is soft and relaxing thus allows to sit for longer hours,, I secretly wished the seat to be adjustable but its not.

And is also a bit small for adult players.

free headphone

Headphone - The quality of the headphone is not that well, but serves the purpose of silent practice good enough.

But as I said above the Keyboard is fine for people who are just starting out or want to play for fun and does not want to dig deep.

RockJam RJ561 can also be considered as a great gift for kids or adult who just needs the keyboard for fun.

It is nice and compact and does not take up a lot of space and can be easily adjusted.

RockJam RJ561 Alternate

The Best Alternative Of RockJam RJ561 is Hamzer 61 Digital piano. The Price is almost same so don't forget to check it.

Rockjam RJ-561 Alternate Option - Hamzer 61-Key Portable Electronic Keyboard

My Experience with The Rockjam Keyboards [RJ561 - RJ 761]

My experience with Rockjam Portable Keyboard

The set-phrase "You will get what you pay for" pretty much sums up the scenario when marketing gimmicks challenges our common sense.

And, its perfectly pertinent for Rockjam Keyboards too. But that does not mean its not a good one.

Rockjam keyboards models whether its RJ-561, RJ-5061, RJ-461AX and RJ761 are definitely going to give best bang for your buck.

But as I said above the Keyboard is fine for those who are just starting out or looking for keyboard just for fun, but its not for a professional approach or dedicated practice.

RockJam pianos can also be considered as a great gift for kids to introduce them to magical world of music.

It is nice and compact and does not take up a lot of space and can be easily adjusted and carried place to place.

With the free stand, stool, headphone it is completely a all in one product.

When it comes to downside, I really felt the pain of the missing weighted keys and touch responsiveness property of the keys, which is a must have feature for any serious piano learner.

And the overall tonal quality also has some room for improvement for sure.

But, The tons of in-built features, voices, rhythms, music making options, App connectivity and various learning capabilities options surely makes RJ561 a perfect 61-key keyboard for entry level pianists and piano teachers.

As I mentioned earlier, Rockjam RJ561 has earned the title of one of the bestselling keyboard for budding pianist in eCommerce platforms.

And not only the sells figures are huge, but the user ratings are all also positively overwhelmed.

With 85% positive feedback from 4100+ users only on Amazon alone simply reflects why Rockjam Keyboard is one of the cheapest keyboard and proffer best bang for buck.

That's all from our end. Hope this review of Rockjam keyboard helped you in making an informed decision.


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21 thoughts on “Rockjam Keyboard Review – The Cheapest 61 Key Electronic Keyboard

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      Daniel Cooper says:

      Both of the keyboards are quite good for beginners but If I were you I would have chosen RJ561 over 2550. I would also suggest having a look at E363 too before taking any decision.

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    Lane Amert says:

    Is Hamzer 61 a good piano to buy instead of RJ561 ? Are the keys weighted? Does it come with any warranty? Thanks in advance.

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      Daniel Cooper says:

      Hello Amert, Yup Hamzer 61 is the adjacent competitor of RJ561, both of the keyboards provide decent entry-level features and sound to explore your passion toward keyboard playing. However, both of the keyboards has 61 keys and are velocity sensitive not weighted.

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      Daniel Cooper says:

      Hey Sylvan, When it comes to the number of features then RJ561 is a good option but when you are IN for a long run than you must choose the professional-grade instrument over feature-filled product from 3rd world country.

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    Emory says:

    I bought it for my son and expected that it has velocity-sensitive keys. But I was wrong. After purchase, I read it here that this rock-jam keyboard does not have such keys. I wished if I would have reached your site earlier then I would not end up with this.

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      Daniel Cooper says:

      Emory, Don’t worry S#!t happens and it’s part of the learning experience. The good thing is you do not made a high financial mistake. Look at the bright side, If your son really gets into piano playing then you can go ahead and get the better one. And if he didn’t then it’s just wonderful that you saved some big buck by mistake.

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    Anesh says:

    Daniel, can I buy this Model or the RJ 761 ? Are both models pretty much the same/ which is better ? Also, I would like to sink deep into music and get a piano in future, so isn’t it better to buy this and find out if I can work on keys and learn chords etc first ? I can decently play the guitar so looking to learn keys so I can write and Compose songs

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      Daniel Cooper says:

      Anesh, Unluckily I didn’t used the Rockjam RJ 761, so commenting without experience will be not fair.
      However, as far I know RJ 761 is a bit, updated model.
      As you are confident and serious regarding music, I suggest going with
      a weighted keys keyboard over RJ561.
      The cheapest option will be “RockJam 88-Key Beginner Digital Piano”. It costs around $220 and has a better feel and touch than both of the models.

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    Anesh says:

    Hi Daniel, I also see RJ 761 in the market. Is that model better than this ? Also, I understand this is not for prof musicians but is this good to get started with to understand if I can work on keys and later move to an 88 keys ?

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    Anesh says:

    Thanks Daniel, to be honest, budget is not much of an issue. But I don’t want to spend a lot before finding out if I can actually play the keyboard. Would you say buying the rockjam kit with the stand and seat etc, trying it out and then later upgrading to something like the yamaha p45 or the likes be the best bet for now ? I would still have a stand and seat to use the prof piano right πŸ™‚ ?

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      Daniel Cooper says:

      Glad you found it useful.
      I won’t suggest opting for Rockjam stand and seat when starting out.(For the same reason why you are not going with priced piano)
      Instead, get a Double Braced X-Style stand or this Plixio Piano Keyboard Stand.
      My best bet for the upgrade will be PX S1000 digital piano without a doubt.
      Feel Free to ping me up in case of any query Anesh

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    Anesh says:

    Daniel, That one is not available to my location as of now πŸ™ How about Casio WK-6600? I see it is cheaper and I am thinking of trying that instead of the RJ76. I see it has some sort of sensitivity and 76 keys, also a workstation to do some extra tech bit.

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      Daniel Cooper says:

      Great Choice Anesh, WK 6600 is really a wonderful keyboard, It has most of the feature you need to grow your experience.

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    Biyu says:

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts about this low priced keyboard, I didn’t found about RJ keyboard in any site though. Keep up the good work.

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