• 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Miserable Mouse!!! Not worth the money!

    I LOVE my new Macbook Pro, but I HATE the stupid Mighty Mouse, which I bought at the same time, a mere 2 months ago (mid-December 2008. It is now mid-February 2009, as I write this).
    Firstly, the right click NEVER works properly (not since the day I bought it), which is annoying in and of itself... However, I circumvented that problem by using Command + left click, so if that were the only problem, I could still give this mouse an O.K. rating.
    However, the scroll ball DOES NOT WORK!!! I have followed the suggestions for cleaning it repeatedly - I clean it, it works for 2-3 seconds, then it messes up again. I clean it again... same result. Cleaning doesn't do any good at all, in this instance. There is something intrinsically wrong with the design and the internal workings of the scroll ball. It started giving me trouble 4 weeks after I bought it. That should tell you something!
    I have now relegated this miserable contraption to the "used mouse" plastic funerary bag that I reserve for such infernal machinery. I got out my old, cheapo Microsoft wireless $20 mouse, and it works like a charm. Macs work FINE with regular PC mice - don't waste the $60+ for a mighty mouse. It is SOOOOOO not worth it!
    I dearly wish I hadn't wasted my money. (And I lost the receipt, or believe me, I'd be taking it back to the store, pronto).

    16 of 21 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Not exactly brilliant

    Looks like these have a 14 month life... On the plus side the trackball is great for positioning, on the negative side after a month it became unresponsive - you need to then continually clean it after every 10 hours of use and it gets progressively worse. Very frustrating - and unlike a regular mouse it is a sealed unit which means you can't take the ball out and clean it out properly - why do Apple insist on this - they refused to repair my iPod under warranty and I am unable to do it myself without using a can opener to open it and destroy it in the process. Anyhow, since it bust I forced it apart and the trackball is sealed up inside the sealed unit. Designed in California by idiots it seems.

    5 of 6 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Track Ball

    I have never written a review in my life. I am also a new Apple fan and will be for life. Plain and simple this mouse is terrible. The track ball requires a lot of cleaning, it works for a bit then fails again. I went to the Apple store today to change it but they insisted on cleaning it first. It failed again a few hours after I got home. Apple is great, I love all their products but this mouse is TERRIBLE! Im an Engineer and it surprises me this product has not been recalled sooner. I have to state again that this product is the only problem I have with Apple, everything else is great.

    12 of 13 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    it was free with my macpro but its ok

    i really can't complain much since it was free with the wired keyboard that came with my macpro but i wouldn't buy it for 50 dollars ive seen better 15 dollar mice though. its not very apple style it doesn't fit well with the apple keyboard its plastic white and gets dirty very easy and the laser gets clogged and it is annoying when you keep hitting one of the side buttons and it takes you back a page when your checking emails . thank God i didn't pay 50 bucks for it i got it for free but i feel bad if you actually payed for it its a thumbs down.

    4 of 4 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Fragile and poorly designed; a real disappointment.

    The good bits: the design is sleek and it matches well with my MacBook. It feels comfortable in my hand and sideways scrolling can be handy.

    The bad bits: the side buttons are only really practical if you are willing to squeeze and use them both as one button.

    The scroll ball is a real weak point. For web browsing it's fine, but on many applications, especially in Windows and Linux, even more so in games, it is too sensitive and I have been unable to fix this. You touch it a tiny bit and it zooms or scrolls far too much. It can be really hard to get things precisely where you need.

    It also suffers with the dirt issue. Originally mine responded well to the cleaning instructions. However, over time it has degraded and cleaning does not improve it. I now have to press quite hard to scroll up a page, often causing it to press the middle button (and thus do something else). It is now pretty much unusable. I shall be attempting to return it for this reason, having bought it only 9 months ago.

    There is another fault, where it seems to stick when clicking, as if something has shifted out of place, and makes a horrible noise. This comes and goes. I don't know if this is just my mouse or caused by a design weakness similar to the scroll ball.

    If I had paid only £10 for this mouse I would have been annoyed.

    I would recommend this mouse only to people who a) use their computers less than an hour a day and b) do not need to do anything outside of fairly standard OS X applications and c) do not have to carry it in a laptop bag most days (it is clearly not robust enough).

    1 of 1 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great Mouse

    I've had this mouse for two months and not yet encountered the scroll ball issue. As far as I know this mouse is the best mouse I've ever used for both my Mac and PC's. The only real compliant that I have to add is that the side buttons are not programmable for my windows machines.

    I love using the scroll ball in safari when browsing in narrow windows. Although I've not yet encountered the scroll ball problem I have read many tips and suggestions and I do hope the work if my scroll ball does ever stop working.

    4 of 6 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Great mouse for the first few months then you can toss it

    This mouse is really great but the little track ball, while really cool lateral moves, gets dirty then jams up and won't scroll at all. I just gave up on mine after several months and had to toss it. I haven't looked into how to clean it but I can't figure out how to even get it apart to clean so I'm going back to my fail-safe Logitech.

    9 of 11 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Very short cable.

    The cable is too short. It is really annoying if you are right handed since the USB is on the left side of the mac

    3 of 9 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Just clean it

    I was having the same frustrations as 95% of the mighty mouse owners are experiencing with the trackball sticking. I followed the advice from a reviewer who said to simply use the lint-free cloth that came with the computer and to clean the trackball with that. I didn't hold much hope since alcohol and a swab did little, but I was amazed to find out it actually worked great. It works like a new mouse again.
    Now I just keep that cloth next to my computer and I'll use it when the same problem returns, which I'm certain it will.

    11 of 15 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Not good.

    This mouse for me had a couple annoying issues. The scroll ball would only work part-time. Also, sometimes the cursor would randomly shoot to a corner of the screen.

    10 of 11 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Okay mouse

    I've had this computer and mouse for about 4 years and I love the way it scrolls up and down and I can make the words bigger or smaller. The only frustration I've had is when it gets clogged up and it won't scroll anymore. But like others have said, alcohol and a Qtip fixes it very quickly.

    5 of 5 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Poorly designed scroll ball jams; Poor surface contact (too much friction)

    I used this product for about 3 years.

    Verdict: Avoid this mouse. Apple executives failed to properly test this product before releasing it to the public. It's a maintenance nightmare, and does not scroll smoothly.

    This mouse has serious issues with design quality:

    1) Mighty Mouse's most tragic flaw: the infamous scroll ball

    Oh man, Apple quality testers sure did fail to properly test this! This product's scroll wheel clogs so routinely (even in the cleanest of environments, such as mine), the entire mouse is effectively useless. In fact, my own Mighty Mouse, which was $49, sits on my shelf, cord coiled. Forever! All because of the terrible design of this scroll wheel.

    2) Mighty Mouse friction pad is poorly designed

    The Mighty Mouse's friction pad is made of inferior soft plastic which scratches and erodes too easily. Result: too much friction with surface; increasing friction over time. In short, this mouse does not glide smoothly! (ooooooh, this is *such* a pet peeve of mine)

    My advise, avoid this product (gosh, how ironic that a mouse equipped with a laser would end up failing because of jamming/dirty rolling-ball componentry?).

    15 of 19 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Apple: Fix the scrollball design.

    Replaced once under warranty and now this one is completely dead. Lovely look and design as usual with Apple products. No other mouse compares. However, strikes me as odd that Apple are still yet to fix this vital design flaw, as flagged up by so much of the Apple community. Scrollball is crucial to my daily use therefore I have to rate so lowly.

    6 of 6 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Awesome when it works!

    I had a major problem with this mouse when it decided not to scroll down anymore. However I have sorted this problem with the simple "turning the mouse upside-down and rubbing the rollerball with a cloth" method. It took about 3-4 mins of vigorous rubbing but it did eventually clear the rollerball and I can now use the mouse without any hassle!

    1 of 1 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    High Maintenance

    Excellent mouse, the side-buttons are particularly useful, but as noted the roller-ball stops functioning on a regular basis. I've found the application of cleaning alcohol will free the mechanism, but I think Apple need to be working on a version less susceptible to dust and oil accumulation.

    6 of 7 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    don't touch

    If you want a mouse that is as likely to mistake your right-click for a left-click as not, and will ignore about one fourth of your left-clicks altogether (how can it do that when it claims a priority of left over right? any old click should _at least_ produce a left-click), then this is the mouse for you!
    My hands are not large, and the fact that I have to move my hand a lot to avoid touching the mouse where it will confuse it sacrifices a lot of speed...why does the back have to be so tall and fat? Perhaps that is good for some hands - not mine!
    Apple - "innovative" is only good when you make it WORK!

    7 of 8 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Nice look, nice idea, REALLY BAD scroll

    Well i am an Apple fan since a couple of years.
    I love most of the things you guys are doing. The mighty mouse is cool and pretty, but even when I am using it according to all instructions, clean it every week with a soft cloth (like in the video) the scroll is a disaster.
    Today the scroll totaly stop moving up, so i had to open it myself (since the waranty passed in a week).
    Thankfuly in my work I work with some electroinics, so I managed to find how to clean. And boy there were a lot to clean !
    I dont now if the material of the scroll or the construction is bad, but it needs redesign, so the maintance to become much easeir.
    My advise : get MacBook, iMac, iPhone, Keyboard (I have them and I love them) dont get MightyMouse :)

    7 of 7 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Run, do not walk away from this product

    I've gone through two of these in two years. The first one's scrolling button got irreversibly stuck and because they are so small and inaccessible to clean, it became useless and frustrating to use. Not learning from my first mistake, I bought the Bluetooth version, which worked well until last week until when it, for some unexplainable reason, broke. I've had better luck with $20 Logitechs. Given the price of these, they should not break under normal use. Please do yourself a favor and buy something else.

    5 of 6 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    more often frustrating than useful

    There are a number of problems I have with this mouse.

    1. Keeping it clean - I feel that I have to clean this every other day to keep the scroll wheel to work.

    2. I had to disable the side buttons and the middle button because no matter how much I tried, they were just so much more sensitive than buttons on other mice and I was always accidentally pressing one.

    3. Like the cords on some other Apple products, my mouse cord began to fray right by the USB connector. The wires are coming out and though I'm trying to keep it together for the time being, it's not going to last long.

    4 of 5 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Needs a major redesign

    This mouse was great when it came out, but the design really needs to be fixed.

    Pro:
    -Unlike any mouse I've seen it scrolls right and left
    -White matches the mac

    Con:
    -Brand new out of the box and it squeaks. A plastic on plastic squeak.
    -This is my third mouse and the trackball always eventually sticks. This is not so much a bad thing, almost everyone's desk gets dusty and your hands have oils on them, but you can't properly clean this mouse. You can wipe the top, etc, but why can't you open it up and give the wheels inside a scrub down?

    Come on guys, it is time for an update.

    7 of 8 people found this useful