Chicklet Keyboard

My first computer, the Color Computer, came with a variety of keyboard commonly called a chicklet keyboard. The name comes from the shape of the individual keys.

I always liked the keyboard. When I recived my CoCo 3 I shipped off my old CoCo to my uncle in Los Angeles. He used the computer for a few years finally upgrading to an Atari ST mega. When I got the computer back I found he had replaced the keyboard with an after market keyboard with more proper keys. This was a common thing to do, a lot of people didn’t like the keyboard.

Recently Apple released a new keyboard that is really nice. I asked my wife to get it for me for xmas. It uses flat, laptop style keys and is very low profile. It reminds me a lot about the original CoCo keyboard. I am really loving it. It’s was a really great present.