A chiclet keyboard refers to keyboards with elevated keys that have some space between them in a design that enables the keys to blend into the surrounding area of the keyboard. A chiclet keyboard’s keys are rectangular in shape with rounded edges as compared to the slanted-edge keys featured in traditional keyboards. One main advantage to a chiclet keyboard is that with the keys having a slightly larger area there’s a smaller chance of hitting the wrong key.
Chiclet keyboards get their name from the “Chiclets” brand of rectangular-shaped chewing gum. The chiclet keyboard design has become more popular recently, especially in netbooks and notebooks, and is prominently used in Apple MacBooks and Asus laptops. At the same time, there are many critics of the look and feel of chiclet keyboards.