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We finally break out our favorite tools to bust the touchpad out from behind its bracket bars. This time, we're using a plastic opening tool from our all-new Pro Tech Toolkit.

The ribbon cable plugs into a socket on the touchpad daughterboard and is soldered to the haptic feedback actuators, adding some redundancy and durability to the touchpad module.

The whole assembly is a touchpad solution from Cirque, likely the GlidePoint TM040040.

The brains of the operation is a Cirque 1CA027 companion MCU.

Also hiding on the daughterboard we find one of our least favorite things: glue. Those two black globs are mounds of adhesive, securing the touchpad to its bracket.

Happily, this is the only adhesive we encountered in this device, and neutralizing it didn't get too messy.

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