• 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Cable too short!

    I bought the mouse, connected it to the Mac, disconnected it and returned it straight away. Why? The cable is far too short and cannot be used with a Mac 17" and a user being right handed. For a left hander it might just do the job.
    If there were a USB socket on the right hand side of the Mac it would probably work. But there is none, all the USBs are on the left hand side.

    40 of 50 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    How to clean the scroll wheel

    I have had on going problems with the scroll wheel only working to scroll downward. I tried cleaning it with numerous products to no avail, until now.

    Use a dry Mr. Clean Magic Eraser. A couple of wipes while pressing down lightly on the ball and VOILA! It works as good as new!

    75 of 79 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    wire too short, stops scrolling

    I agree about the scroll wheel issue so many have commented on. I just got mine back working (only 6 months old) by using compressed air. Hope it stays fixed. Last time I followed advice I found on-line and tried rolling the wheel back and forth vigorously. That did not work this time.

    I wouldn't mind a longer cord either. Also, it is very finicky about the cut and paste right click location. You have to monkey around with it to find a mysterious sweet spot so that pop-up menu with cut and paste options shows.

    It's true that when it comes to mice, Apple needs to hire some Logitech engineers. I loved my wireless Logitech mouse with my MacBook. Maybe I will go back to using that instead...

    33 of 35 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    See also my keyboard review

    Nice mouse, but cable FAR too short. When plugged into the keyboard the wire curls and sits near to where the cable goes into the mouse. Result is that the body of the mouse is lifted off the surface so it doesn't work. Of course, you don't spend any time looking at the mouse, it's done by feel and looking at the screen, so it always comes as a bit of a surprise! Had the equipment for a few months now, and it's getting worse: two or three times an hour. Otherwise delighted with my iMac.

    7 of 9 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Yes, the ball will die.

    After reading these reviews, I still decided to buy this mouse. I really want to love the mouse but the ball has now died. It has done it a few times and I managed to get it working, however I am having no luck now. I really want to love this mouse but it is more expensive and will break much sooner than other (uglier) mice.

    2 of 3 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars


    Found the suggestion by David F of 4Apr12 to be most helpful. Now happily scrolling instead of having to use the scroll bar on the side. Thanks for the great tip.

    8 of 10 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars


    The tremendous two feet of cord provided would easily be enough to meet anyone's needs, unless they happen to own a recent Mac laptop. You see, in a stunning display of carelessness, Apple decided to place all USB ports on the left side of their laptops, giving the user about eight inches of usable cord. You can always run the cord under the laptop if you don't mind the inevitable wobble that will occur every time you try to actually use your computer. The scroll ball is an abomination. It's just an awful idea that has been poorly executed. The "touch sensitive shell" only recognizes right clicks when you deliberately take the time to think about where you will placing your fingers, and even then it doesn't always work. I don't even know where to start with unnecessary and, quite frankly, useless side buttons. Anytime I try to use them, I have to squeeze the mouse so hard that it registers as a left-click. Even now, I am now being forced to use a stack of paper as a mouse pad because even the slight discoloration of wood grain throws off the "precision optical sensor", which the website assures me does not require a mouse pad. Overall, a saddening amount of money, resources, time, and labor went into making this travesty.

    13 of 16 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Scroll mechanism fails

    I have had three Apple optical scroll wheel mice, two wireless and one USB. In a 16 month period, all three have developed the same malfunction: the scroll wheel will not scroll vertically in both directions. I could either scroll up or scroll down, but not in both directions. This problem has been previously reported bo other reviewers and is apparently quite common. While I am biased toward Apple products in general, this one is a dud.

    15 of 16 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Don't Panic Buy Just Yet!

    I've never written a review before but felt I had to share my experience with others.

    I stumbled across the other reviews as I was on the Apple Store to buy a new mouse as I had become fed up with the rollerball sticking. I could scroll up but down was a no go and had been for weeks/months. I was so glad I read the reviews before wasting £40 on a new one!

    There are a few suggested solutions for cleaning the ball however I went for the multi surface disposal cleaning wipe solution (as I already had the wipes under the sink!). I unplugged the mouse and rolled the ball back and forth along the cloth and after no time at all, the mouse is as good as new - albeit smelling with a hint of lemon!

    With the rollerball sorted and an easy solution at hand, I'd give the mouse 5 stars. The ball does clog with the moisture and oil from your hand and I've now learned regular cleaning is required. I agree with other posters that the lead is short however that suits me as I have the keyboard with the mouse USB port at the right hand side. If you are looking for a mouse that requires a longer lead, I would suggest looking at something else.

    Many thanks to the earlier posters whose efforts saved me money! :-)

    12 of 15 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Just got it

    i just got it like a half an hour ago, its awesome but i still kinda like to use the trackpad haha but im pretty sure i will just use it for gaming, and i think its a little overpriced.

    8 of 19 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Good at being a mouse, but flawed.

    For one thing, this mouse is quite overpriced at essentially 50 dollars (for a wired mouse? Really?). It doesn't have a solid feel in the hand, since it is plastic and weighs nearly nothing. It hardly matches with the recent Apple build-quality aesthetic.

    The ball is cool since it allows you to scroll 360º, but it's so small that it takes irritatingly long to scroll through long documents.

    The absolute worst part is that if you try using this with a Macbook that doesn't have a standalone keyboard, you're out of luck. The cord is short to make it look like desk candy, but it prevent right-handed users (ie most of the world) from simply using the mouse with their computer. Huge oversight/laziness on the part of the designers.

    15 of 17 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Not made for production environments

    If you're a prepress mac operator, designer or do anything on a Mac for a living do not rely on this mouse. Keep a back up! I'm going to assume that most of us on here fall into this category and that we all need the precision on a wired mouse. I've taken mine apart multiple times and keep canned air in my desk just because I own this mouse. So on top of the $50 add a supply of canned air to that price.

    I'm going to pick up a cheap Logitech LS1 because I know it will be there for me when I need it. Buyer Beware!

    23 of 24 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    I Can't Use the Apple Mouse

    I had to switch to a PC mouse because the Apple mouse has a fat rear that sticks up against the back of your hand. It applies pressure to the base of my thumb that makes it really sore. I really dislike the design of the Apple mouse. If you have small hands, you probably wouldn't like it, either.

    11 of 15 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars


    I bought a new Apple desktop computer a couple of months ago and found myself going back to the store because the scrolling button on the mouse stopped working. They tested it in the store and it started working again. So, I took it home and it worked for about a month. Now the scrolling ball will not scroll down. It never really scrolled horizontally!!! So, back to the Apple store I go with this WORTHLESS GARBAGE!!! I'm UPSET beyond words, but take some solace in knowing I'm not alone. Apple should take this junk off the market.

    22 of 26 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works Great

    I have been using my mouse for close to 4 years now. Although I do have both types, the wireless for my laptop and the wired for my desktop, I prefer it to the wireless as it has more of the functions that I want for work. I clean it, and my keyboard, once every few months with a disinfecting wipe and find that to be enough to keep them both working smoothly and effectively. I don't find that the ball gums up as others say, all of my functions continue to work and work well. After 4 years of use 8 hours per day 5 days a week I think this product is well worth the money and beats any other mouse I have used over my extensive office experience.

    17 of 20 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Not that great

    The mouse ball is wonderful - great idea, great implementation (although the scroll-down issue is annoying, but a drop of water and rub with tissue always fixed this).

    Consistent right clicking is nigh on impossible. If you need right mouse for anything frequent - games, 3d applications, or use this with Windows, then this is NOT the mouse for you. To right click under windows you cannot have any other part of your hand touching the mouse, and you have to press far up and to the right - around the edge - to register the right click.

    It feels like it should be a great mouse, but isn't.

    0 of 1 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Scroll Ball Is FINE

    I've been using this mouse for about four years now and never had a problem with the scroll ball, it's called cleaning your mouse. I just clean it with a small towel after I've dried my hands, obviously the ball will stop working if you constantly use it with dirty hands, but It's only a quick clean away from working.

    7 of 12 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Needs Improvement

    It starts working fine with ease, simplicity & beauty as promoted, but that starts fading away after a while & there's nothing one can do about it. The most annoying problem is the scrolling. Maybe it's because we the Apple customers consider your products to be excellent or flawless, but I went ahead & bought the same mouse even when the first one failed, yet the same happened again. I need a third mouse at this moment.

    16 of 17 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Problematic scroll ball

    The scroll ball becomes dirty easily and once dirty won't scroll. Cleaning is possible, but time consuming, difficult and unreliable. I spend around 20 minutes every day cleaning the scroll ball and today the ball still won't scroll up.

    Once my new mouse arrives, I'm going to smash this mouse with a bat, drive over it with a car, set it on fire and nuke the remains.

    26 of 28 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Take it off the market!

    Judging by the echoes in these reviews of my own experience with this mouse I think it is time for Apple to admit they have a less-than-acceptable product here and should do a favor for all of us who prefer a wired mouse to the wireless and pull this one off the market and design and build a better mouse (trap, unnecessary).

    24 of 26 people found this useful