• 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Ball stops working

    I read the comments before buying this mouse, and for some reason I didn't listen. Everyone says that the ball stops working in a few months. I have had my mouse for two months, and the ball has stopped working. For a $50 mouse, I don't think I should be having this problem.

    2 of 4 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Love this mouse.

    I've used several of these (starting with the original wireless version) since it was introduced and absolutely love it. It feels good and substantial and the scroll ball is wonderful (just keep your hands clean, and you'll be fine). I've tried the magic mouse a few times and it drives me nuts. I've found I can depend on this mouse to help me navigate the system with ease, dexterity and speed.

    On the few occasions the scroll ball has gotten too dirty to respond, the paper trick has worked every time, and very quickly.

    7 of 8 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Ok, wireless would be better

    This mouse is really cool- it's got lots of buttons which you can set up to do a lot of different things. The scroll wheel lets you scroll 360 degrees. The only thing that gets really annoying is the cord. It might not be as "in the way" if I were using a desktop computer, but when you're using it with a Macbook, it gets in the way. The other thing is that it's hard to carry the mouse around with the cord sticking out. (Yes, you can wrap it around, but that becomes tedious after a couple times.) Overall, it's a great mouse, but it would be better if it was wireless. If I had a choice, I would spend the extra money and buy the wireless and multi-touch Magic Mouse 2.

    4 of 4 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Amazingly bad..!

    Sure, you pay a little more than you want to, but in return you get an Apple product with great design and quality, right?
    ...mweh... not so sure anymore these days. This mouse is another example. The most basic things a mouse should do is move a cursor around, respond to clicks, and scroll properly. Amazingly, in ALL these respects it fails to deliver.

    1. Tracking is slow and imprecise - I had to ramp it up beyond what system prefernces would allow me, through a terminal command. Sometimes it tracks faster, sometimes slower... I have to admit that I don't use a mousepad, but with my desk surface tracking has never been a problem for any other mouse except for this one.

    2. Right clicks... work 85% of the time. Just about any other mouse works fine with my comp, but the moment I plug this one in the right clicks start failing.

    3. Scrolling feels jerky and imprecise. Also this works much smoother with my much cheaper Logitech mouse attached.

    How they manage to mess up in all these distinct but crucial aspects that make a mouse a MOUSE is beyond me. I have never paid more for a mouse. I have never received less from a mouse. These are two separate facts of which the combination kind of blows my mind. Big thumbs down, apple...

    8 of 11 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Very nice to use; a hassle to clean

    Overall this mouse is quite useful. The 360 degree scroll wheel works like a charm. The only hassle is cleaning the scroll ball. This is what worked for me :

    1. Rubbing the ball upside-down on printer paper
    2. Rubbing the ball on a wet cloth
    3. Cleaning the ball with a q-tip dipped in rubbing alcohol

    Repeat every month.

    2 of 3 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Scroll wheel broke after only 3 months

    The magic mouse couldn't stay connected to my Macbook for more than 3 minutes in a row, so I had decided to exchange it for a standard Apple Mouse. I've been using this standard Apple mouse with great satisfaction, until the scroll wheel stopped scrolling upwards after only 3 months. No Apple mouse for me anymore.

    7 of 9 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Apple Wireless Mouse

    First and foremost, this occurs on multiple machines and multiple mice. Second, it's been a nagging problem for years, through each version of the OS up to Yosemite. Third, this is not a problem with wireless mice in general, it's Apple's specific problem. Finally, it's astonishing that they have allowed this small device render my $2,500 plus systems useless for most tasks without having to restart the computer, and this design company is incapable of fixing its own hardware. Restarting is generally the ONLY way to get this working again. None of the B.S. offered in various Apple troubleshooting guides works. Turning the mouse off and on, turning bluetooth off and on, taking the batteries out of the mouse, nothing works. I feel like I'm using a $100 piece of junk not a top-end laptop when the mouse fails to connect or reconnect.

    8 of 25 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Perfect mouse!

    I have used this mouse professionally (8-15 hours a day) exclusively since 2001 and I only had to clean the track ball once, used a bit of rubbing alcohol with it unplugged from the machine. I wish they made a wireless version, and updated the technology, it's impossible to beat that micro track ball when you need to move left and right and up and down, it makes work very much easier! MY FAVORITE APPLE TOOL!

    4 of 7 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    I like this mouse I bought 8 years ago

    I got this Apple Mouse (with a little ball on the top) some 8 years ago and I am still using it. Of course I needed to clean it once a while with alcohol/clean paper by repeated rolling it over. I love this mouse, it's sexy, it's touchy, it's the one for my hand. I hope Apple could improve this product a bit by allowing users to open for better cleaning.

    Over these years I also tried several different mouses, some Dell ones, some Apple ones (I have Apple computers both at work and at home), however none compare to this mouse. Lately I bought a new same type Apple Mouse (with a little ball on the top). However the new one is a little hard to press, a little tough to scroll, etc. -- I revert to my old 8 year mouse again. Did Apple "improve" the product to fit stronger hand??

    I think one day I will learn to open up this mouse for a better cleaning. I can't find its replacement any more!


    3 of 7 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Get the Magic Mouse instead

    It's an okay mouse but the trackball on top is unreliable and will frustrate users. With the release of the Magic Mouse, I wouldn't buy this product.

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Scroll Ball Will Fail, Guranteed. Consider this mouse a consumable.

    The first one failed after 2 years. It stopped scrolling down. The second one also failed after 2 years. It stopped scrolling up and down.

    The cleaning methods mentioned in other reviews worked only a few times.

    The failing scroll ball is mentioned many times in other reviews, but I feel I need to do what I can to bring down the rating for this mouse.

    8 of 11 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    plain garbage

    complete horsedung, bought a new one, lasted me only 3months before the mouse ball went to horsedung. cant even scroll down anymore. buyer beware.

    4 of 6 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Comfortable and Easy to Use

    I think it's a terrific mouse! There's only one thing that has given me a problem with this mouse and that is the center ball. It was working great when I first purchased this mouse, but after about one month it stopped working, but for me that's no big deal. One little problem, that's all. Besides, I didn't choose it for the ball feature. I prefer more basic designs anyway. It's smooth and glides very easily and it's also very accurate for point and click. It feels really good under your hand too. You can easily rest your wrist while still being able to manipulate the mouse across the pad. A great mouse!

    0 of 3 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    No batteries required!

    Less environmental waste!

    8 of 14 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Failure. Total failure

    First feel of this mouse is extremely sluggish. Second the scroll ball is not reliable at all. U can never expect how far it's gonna go.

    4 of 9 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Best mouse for me, works perfect

    This mouse works perfect for me, its wired, the track ball works great and its super easy to use for the whole family.

    6 of 8 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Apple Mouse

    This is a great mouse for the first month or so - then the best part of the ball stops working. I've done everything to clean it, but it's not working. This is the replacement for the first one which had the same issue. Apple needs to fix this problem!!!

    8 of 12 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Unreliable scroll ball

    I bought this because I hate the thought of tossing away all those used batteries. When it works, it works well. But after a few months the scroll ball started slipping. It would scroll up, but not down; or down, but not up. I'm sure the culprit is dust inside the housing for the rubber ball. It was really stupid of Apple not to give you a way to remove the top and clean the gunk out — PC mice have had this feature for a couple of decades.

    3 of 5 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Nice Product But last's Only So Long

    For 20 dollars I would go again with this product. Fifty, not ever again at this cost. As others have said, it is of a truth that when dirt gets into this baby & it does no matter what over time, she just shuts down. I've taken mine apart many times and cleaned it, and this is not an easy task. It would then work again for a while until dirty again. Fixed it so much that now it's unfixable. Looking for a more economical mouse now,,,,,,,Apple, lower the cost to 20 dollars & I would buy it again.......

    0 of 3 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Cleaning the scrolling button/Bluetooth mouse losing connection

    Although a piece of plain paper (or the desktop) work well, the best thing I've found to clean the scrolling ball is the lens wipes I use to clean my glasses. Every time I clean my glasses I then roll the scrolling ball around on the wipe - lasts for ages. The other complaint I had with the bluetooth mouse was that it kept losing connection. However, I now have a wired keyboard and wireless mouse and the problem has gone away.

    1 of 2 people found this useful