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A chiclet keyboard is slang for 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", a brand of chewing gum. Most often the top of the Chiclets were hard, but sometimes (notably on the Sinclair Spectrum) they were made of the same material as the rubber dome itself. Specific about Chiclet keyboard is that each key is surrounded (and held in place by) a perforated plate, so that there is a space in-between each key.

Manufacturers liked the chiclet keyboard because it was cheap to produce, and many early home computers (notably the ZX Spectrum), portables and laptop computers were launched with it. However, consumers rejected it with almost equal unanimity, even though it was not quite as unpleasant to work with as the membrane keyboard. Since the mid-1980s, chiclet keyboards have been mainly restricted to lower-end electronics, such as small handheld calculators, cheap PDAs and many remote controls.

List of notable computers with chiclet keyboardsEdit

Most of the computers listed hail from the early home computer era.

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