Chiclet keyboard

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A chiclet keyboard is a computer keyboard built with an array of small, flat rectangular or lozenge-shaped rubber or plastic keys that look like erasers or pieces of chewing gum. The term comes from "Chiclets," the brand name of a variety of chewing gum.

Vendors unanimously liked the chiclet keyboard because it was cheap to produce, and many early home, portable and laptop computers were launched with it. However, consumers rejected it with almost equal unanimity, even though they were not quite as unpleasant to work with as membrane keyboards. After 1985, chiclet keyboards were not often seen other than on some digital calculator watches, small handheld calculators, and cheap, nonexpandable PDAs.

This article was originally based on material from the Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, which is licensed under the GFDL.

List of home computers with variations of chiclet keyboards

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