• 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Dont buy this mouse - it is defective by design.

    Do not purchase this mouse if you want real right clicks, or chordal left+right clicks. It is defective by design.

    The top of the mouse is essentially one large switch with a capacitive/inductive sensor for the left and right finger.

    If you right click whilst keeping your left finger in contact with the mouse it will not be recognized as a right click but instead as a left click.

    The mouse wheel is also neither robust, reliable or accurate.

    This makes this mouse essentially unusable for any experienced two button mouse user. I have used two and three button mice since the mid 80's and all of them let you keep your fingers in contact with the buttons and correctly identify which button was activated.

    This mouse is not worth receiving as a free gift. The design is utterly flawed.

    1 of 1 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Ready to squash this mouse

    Maybe it will scroll, maybe it won't. Maybe it will scroll up but not down, maybe it will scroll down but not up.

    Maybe I don't have time to constantly be running it upside down on a piece of paper and blowing air into it etc.

    C'mon Apple make a decent mouse with a decent sized scroll ball and one that can actually be cleaned without major disassembly.

    10 of 12 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    ergonomics: not & scroll ball: breaks

    I gave this 2 instead of 1 start because this is the first Apple mouse that I actually like, if I didn't have to replace it 3 times in one year! I have tried other brands that were actually ergonomic and they don't always work with my computer. Other than the ball breaking way too quickly, the Apple mouse always interfaces. Apple, I know style is extremely important to you and me too, but when are you going to issue a mouse and keyboard for those of us who actually have to work them for a living?

    4 of 6 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Poor Design

    I was very excited when apple released this mouse, knowing that as a designer this scroll ball would definitely speed up productivity. However, after a few months of use, it's clear that this mouse is a result of poor design! The slight open areas between the ball and plastic do nothing but collect dirt and dust. Therefore causing the roller ball to only work in one direction if at all.

    Even after using several cleaning methods, from air cans, to cleaning wipes, eventually the thing will just become inoperable.

    Come on Apple, with all the technology you come up with, you can do better than this. For $50 it's not worth the frustration this mouse causes!!!! So do what you do best, and make something simple and not worth it, into something better and useful.

    18 of 19 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great mouse if you know how to fix it

    I started using the mighty mouse when it first came out. As a graphic artist I found the 360 scrolling to become very addictive. I would purchase this mouse again!

    The Good:
    Small, accurate, stellar design, 360 scroll ball

    The Not-So-Good:
    Hard to keep clean, Scroll ball binds up or stops working.

    THE FIX!!!
    If your scroll ball stops working I have the answer. I devised this on my own (so use at your own risk)and it has worked for 2 years flawlessly. Grab yourself a little alcohol pad (the kind in a first aid kit). start with the mouse right side up and place the pad between your finger and the scroll ball and vigorously scroll in all directions. Then turn the mouse over and continue with a new pad or clean part of the previous one. Approx 15 seconds per side and your mouse scroll ball will work great again. I have to do this about 4-5 times a year. Hope this helps.

    24 of 24 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    A constant battle to keep the scroll ball working

    Works great in the beginning. Very customizable and cool-looking. But soon, you find that the scroll ball begins to malfunction. There are temporary fixes (Windex, alcohol, pressing hard and scrolling), but the problem only gets worse with time. In general, I love Apple products because they are robust for years. This product is a dog!

    14 of 14 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great mouse

    Just got another for my MBP - this mouse does what it should with no fuss or problems.

    2 of 6 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    ZERO stars for mouse with substance-abuse issues

    Do NOT, I repeat, do NOT buy this mouse.

    I got tired of my wireless keyboard and wireless mouse losing their connections on a semi-weekly basis, so I threw them out and bought a retrograde hard-wired (imagine that!) keyboard and mouse. No more lost connections, but.....

    I never thought of a mouse having an drinking- or drug problem, but I am convinced this little creature is a serious alcoholic or substance abuser! Many, many times an hour it does the equivalent of falling down drunk or stoned: going right when moving left, going left when moving right, or going to far corners of the screen when (I swear!) I have not move my wrist one millimeter! The right-click button is as reliable as a drinker or druggie: sometimes it responds, sometimes not. When it does respond, it's sometimes coherent, but usually not. Don't even ask about the too-hard-to-regularly-use side buttons on its "waist"!

    I just talked to two people at Apple who said their mice were similarly unreliable. It's said that, in afterlife's inferno, product designers have to use the products they designed. I think there's a special place reserved for the designer of this mouse.

    7 of 9 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars


    Listen, even though some critics say this mouse is horrible, the fact is that this mouse has quality that surpasses all other mouses in the market. For example, the because of the unique design of the mouse, it seamlessly fits in your hand causing little to no pain after long term use (8-10 hours is how long i am at the computer on average). In addition, the scroll ball is phenomenal! Because of it's 360 degree rolling capability it offers a seamless user interface with almost any application. Also, this mouse has spectacular performance, I am a graphic designer and work with vector bases applications like Adobe Illustrator CS4, and this mouse allows for miniscule movements while creating small vector lines. Overall this mouse has been an important asset to my work and i would not use anything else. it is worth every penny.

    8 of 11 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Not Bad

    I don't know why everyone hates it so much. I am a first time Mac user and I have to say it works better than the wireless Logitech I was using. Only thing is, I really wish I had bought the wireless keyboard and mouse when I bought my Mac as it is only $40 more all together. Now, it's really not worth it to spend $140 some dollars to get them. I just wasn't thinking I guess. But since the wires are so close to the screen/keyboard, it does not make that much difference. I am never sitting far away either.

    1 of 2 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    It's a really nifty mouse but has issues.

    There is a reason most mice have the traditional scroll wheel and multiple buttons. This is fun to use but I would suggest a good Logitech mouse if you want reliable. For gaming, MX518 or G9. They are also great for simple tasks as well. I put a LOT of HARD use on my MX518 and it STILL works 4 years later....I'm wearing the plastic off of it. The Apple mouse is good for those who simply check their email every day and that's about it. It has too many problems with lack of real buttons and the scroll ball thing.

    2 of 3 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Mighty mouse - with or without a tail

    We have been using the mighty mouse for 18 months now and it is terrific. Also have a wireless version for the MacBook and that is excellent too. For those who had trouble with dirty scroll ball how about you wash your hands every time you go to the bathroom? We have so far never had to wash our scroll balls. There is one irritating fault though, and it's on all the Mighty mice we own. The clever touch sensitive left/right click is too sensitive. If your clicking finger is within a few millimeters of the scroll ball it doesn't know whether to left click or right click. I have right clicked man times when I really meant left click, with almost disastrous results to my artwork!! Overall I would give it 5 stars.

    11 of 12 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    So good I miss it when at work.

    I have to admit, much of what I like about this mouse is the integration with the Mac OS, but still, it's excelent. I'm very used to Exposé this is what I miss the most when using my Dell laptop at work.

    Scroll-ball click > App Exposé
    Side-squeeze > Dashboard

    It was getting to my nerves when it first started not responding to up/down scrolling until I learned how to open it up and clean the scroll-ball rolls - BTW, the insides are impeccably designed, as it is the scroll-ball mechanism. The one I have on use must be over 3 years old now with maintenance. I haven't opened yet the one that came with my iMac!

    16 of 22 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Scroll Wheel Fails

    After just a few weeks the scroll wheel stopped scrolling up or down. I wasn't too worried though, because I discovered that if you clean it, it will start scrolling again. But now cleaning it no longer seems to work. I've tried all kinds of tips and tricks I read on the support message boards, but I absolutely cannot get it to scroll anymore.
    P.S. This is a common problem. My mother has an iMac too and she's had the same problem with her Apple mouse.

    67 of 74 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Fixing non-working scroll button

    I'm not sure where to put this but I fix the mouse by pushing down on the scroll button for about 10 seconds. Usually after a few months it cannot scroll up but pushing down on it works.

    Anyway, the mouse is good except that sometimes the side buttons (not the clicking ones, the "force" ones on the side of the mouse) are very sensitive and I ended up disabling that feature. Also, it's very hard to press the right click sometimes. Otherwise, it's a good mouse.

    13 of 19 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    apple mouse

    love apple mouse i use it on my windows works very well

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Just needs a good cleaning

    We've had our Mighty Mouse for two years and love it, but like others experience frustration with the trackball not working.

    I combined two tips I read online, and after months of not working, my trackball is now like new again.

    I got a pre-moistened alcohol wipe and put it down on a hard surface. Then I turned the Mighty Mouse upside down and rubbed the trackball firmly in all directions over the alcohol wipe. Just wiping the mouse with the alcohol wipe had done nothing to improve its performance, so I was skeptical, but the combination of alcohol and pressure did the trick, and now it's working just fine again.

    14 of 15 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Clean scroll button

    Yes, cleaning scroll button with an eyeglass cleaner pad (alcohol) fixes all scroll problems, with slowness or stopping.

    12 of 17 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Overall Great Mouse

    Mouse worked awesome for the first few months.

    Right-click takes some time to get used to but I just turned it off.

    Only downside is that the scroll wheel which is VERY similar to that of the Blackberry scroll-wheels, has like gotten dulled down and sometimes it wont scroll up and it wil only be able to go down, or vice versa..

    other than that...overall an awesome product!

    4 of 7 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    OK not mighty

    This mouse is more versatile than the original, anything with more than 1 click is, but the scrollwheel needs cleaning inconveniently often, and there is not a good way to do it, dirt is displaced but left in the body of the mouse. It also loses position every few minutes, the pointer shooting off to a random extreme position, wasting time.
    All 3 of these mouses I have owned have these faults, so it is hardware/software not a faulty unit.
    I -do- like it whilst it is working though....

    19 of 24 people found this useful