This mechanical keyboard isn’t really called a cheeseboard, but I couldn’t resist the pun. It’s called the ‘Ajazz AC067 Cheese Gasket RGB Mechanical Keyboard’, which actually might be even better just for the phrase ‘Cheese Gasket’.
This 65% keyboard is made by Ajazz, a Chinese gaming peripherals company, and for its tacky exterior it’s still a mechanical gaming keyboard like any other. It comes with Kailh Box Yellow switches, specially designed in conjunction with the well-known key switch manufacturer, which offers smooth linear keystroke. This is a good choice for gaming, but you’re not stuck with it if you want something different. The PCB is really hot-swappable, which is a growing trend with mechanical boards today and a welcome one. This means that you can take these switches off and swap them with ones you prefer if you prefer. Or just swap a dead switch in the rare cases when one of them breaks.
This board comes topped with a mix of yellow and white keys, including a handful of special cheese-themed designs for the Esc, Spacebar, and Enter keys.
The entire design is inspired by Tom and Jerry, who made a slice of Swiss cheese the tastiest cheese. Undoubtedly, that cartoon did wonders for the Swiss cheese market. Take this, Edam.
I haven’t tested any Ajazz keyboards, so I can’t vouch for the quality of the card itself. With a decent hot-swappable PCB, you’d expect it to be able to stand the test of time like most mechanical keyboards. The included PBT keys should help with this – PBT is generally a stronger plastic than the more common ABS plastic found in many sets.
The tacky exterior is also made using CNC machining from aluminum alloy and is not plastic as I expected. However, this more durable material makes sense: this keyboard sells for $219 (opens in new tab)which puts it up there in terms of cost for a board its size.
A small price to pay for a Gouda setup? It’s the price you pay for making endless puns on cheese, at least, plus losing all your friends.
If you want something similar to cheeseboard but not so directly dairy, it’s highly reminiscent of Ducky One3 in Yellow Ducky (opens in new tab). Granted, that keyboard is more orange, but you get the idea. Both are sure to be a vibrant centerpiece for your gaming desktop for sure.