• 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Easy Scroll Ball fix. Really!

    Yes, when it works it desearves five stars. But I don't know why Apple, after all these years, doesn't include this simple, effective solution to "clean" the malfunctioning Scroll Ball that eventually may get clogged with even invisible particles (skin cells?) in even the cleanest operating environments. Just get any can of "air," a compressed-gas duster that is typically used for camera lenses, etc., and attach the thin tube nozzle extension. Position the tip straight down onto the side of the Scroll Ball and gently depress it (the center click function) to open the small crack around the ball and usually just one gentle puff of air will dislodge the dirt from any of the tiny stuck wheels inside. Your wonderful Apple Mouse Scroll Ball will start working again. If Apple was smart, they would sell a small can of air as a recommended maintenance accessory for this terrifically-designed mouse.

    17 of 22 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    $50 poorly engineered product

    I'm actually kinda shocked at Apple for this - The issues with mouse scrolling have been very well documented and lots of people are complaining about this.

    I have purchased mice that cost $8 and worked for years. I am now on my third Apple mouse, (at $50 a pop!) within 6 months.

    I tried all the tricks....cleaning, rolling it upside down on paper, etc. multiple times. This is just a poorly engineered item. Really, a $50 mouse should work for more than 30 days.

    Going to buy a cheap logitech that, while ugly, at least will work reliably.

    13 of 15 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    The wheel stopped working

    They should just have the slick Apple touch mouse but with *wire*.

    This mechanical wheel just stops working after a while...

    14 of 15 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    no good

    works for a few weeks tops, then the side buttons get real finicky and the scroll ball becomes useless.

    We had 50 of these in the library at school and it happened to EVERY SINGLE ONE.

    6 of 7 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Scroll wheel won't work for long

    Great mouse for the first couple of months then the scroll wheel stops scrolling up or down or both. Cleaning it helps for awhile but it continues to stop working on a regular basis, don't waste your time or money on this rare dud from Apple.

    7 of 8 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars


    It was a good product i like the magic mouse better however i do like that it is simple to use and easy to learn to use!

    3 of 4 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars


    this is my second mouse of this style. the ball is always getting stuck, so i am unable to use my mouse to scroll. i've tried cleaning with alcohol multiple times. that works for a while then just gets jammed again. i'd try something else before you drop $50

    4 of 6 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Form Over Function

    After a week of using this mouse I immediately switched back to my old Microsoft scroll wheel mouse. That was three years ago. The Mighty Mouse finally came out of storage last week after said Microsoft mouse died. I decided, begrudgingly, to give the Mighty Mouse a second chance. Below are my impressions from 2 weeks of continuous use:

    +Form: As usual, it looks like a well designed Apple product.

    -Function: It doesn't function like a well designed Apple product.

    1. It's not built for large hands. Not an issue for some, but it is for me. Lots of cramping and soreness.

    2. In order for the scroll wheel to function properly, you must clean it often; Sporadically stops scrolling down or, less commonly, up.

    3. The cursor doesn't want to be boxed in; it quickly jumps to the top or bottom corners of the screen. This is the reason the Mighty Mouse was put in storage three years ago. It has been often frustrating, sometimes infuriating, to have the cursor jump the moment I click.

    Speaking as an exclusive Apple user for the past 8 years, the company makes great hardware and software, but their mice (mouses?) have never been up to par. One star for being included, another for aesthetics.

    6 of 8 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars


    At first, I loved the mouse.
    Now, not so much.

    1) The cord has gotten stiff and always has twists in it. How it gets twisted, I have no idea as it remains on its mousepad.

    2) The left click works. Too well. As it also counts as a left click even if I use the right button. I have to click very far on the right, nearly at the underside to register as a right click.

    3) Scroll ball works for up and across, but down, not so much. Yes I have tried cleaning it via the methods described but they only work for a few minutes. Like now; just before I started writing this review I cleaned the scroll ball and already it has stopped being able to scroll down. I really hate having to always scroll down via the page markers on the right instead of using the mouse.

    It's either time for a new mouse or prozac. :P

    3 of 6 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    The least ergonomic object ever conceived

    A committee of Nobel-winning physiologists couldn't develop a more efficient way to develop carpal tunnel syndrome, nor a less comfortable way to click, drag and select desktop items.

    This thing is an absolute disaster on every level of design. Also, put a right click in for crying out loud.

    2 of 7 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works Perfectly, Great Mouse

    I took two different electives at my middle school, with the same teacher and classroom. The class used iMac G5's with the Apple Mouse (formally Mighty Mouse). These computers and mice saw about 170 students everyday. Even being used by 170 different abusive middle school students, the mouse worked perfectly. The scroll ball is a great idea for scrolling all over the screen easily. I loved using it far better than any other mouse I've ever used.

    7 of 9 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    You can Clean it...

    I know everyone lambasts the ball and I was on your side until I read up on a simple way to clean it out. All you gotta do is turn it over and rub the ball on a piece of paper. You'll likely see some nasty dark streaks appear if you're doing it properly. The equivalent of pencapping the tracking wheels from the pre-laser mice of yore. Now you can eat the greasiest of chips to combat blood sugar issues as you continue to work on with impunity. With this simple maintenance trick, the mouse here in the studio has been working flawlessly for years.

    47 of 53 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars


    Natively slow, even at its fastest tracking setting. It needed a third-party app to boost its speed.

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    MIGHTY Mouse ! Not so mighty

    I have a wireless mouse & the USB cable mouse which I bought because the wireless
    mouse just failed, it has bad tracking even after adjusting settings,
    also battery life is terrible , worse with rechargeables. Maybe a dodgie mouse. Will be returning it. The cable unit is better with direct connect, but still,I find tracking a little slow, even when it's turned up to MAX. Also scroll ball/scrolling gets dirty, so a tipp I found usefull is turn mousy upside down & roll ball over clean paper. ( Do it before ya misses cracks it) lol.
    Will be trying out the MAGIC MOUSE out soon. 2⃣��'s for the cable mouse.

    0 of 1 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Answer to an frequently raised gripe!

    I've had a wired mouse with the scrolling ball for over 18 months. The ball does gum up from time to time, but every time the problem has been sorted by vigorously rolling it under a tesco multiaction wet wipe. I am amazed how consistently it sorts the problem of the sticking ball out, and yet so few appear to have chanced upon this solution. Try it!

    29 of 33 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    track ball unreliable

    The trackball fails to work multiple times a session. The non-funtioning trackball cannot be disassembled to be cleaned. It's maddening!

    7 of 9 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    fine mouse, the only problem is scroll ball

    This is a perfectly functional mouse, I don't know what the complaints are. I like that it has 4 buttons, really makes it nice to be able to use Expose w/ your mouse. The length of the cord is perfect for any Mac laptop or Apple keyboard; for anything other applications, you might want to just get a generic mouse w/ long cords. The only problem w/ this mouse is the scroll ball. Dirt and things get in there and the scrolling goes from great to awful. I've had this mouse for about 4 years now and it's gotten to the point where every morning I need to clean it against a sheet of paper to get it rolling again. Curiously, I've come across a few of these mice that have much bigger scroll balls and none of them seem to be jammed. Maybe they made some modifications to the newer versions?

    4 of 6 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Good at first . . . until . . .

    Alcohol does help some when cleaning the mouse button.

    My main complaint is that I use this with an Apple MacBook and it has to run behind or under the iLap to be usable. The cord is simply TOO SHORT !! Where the cord meets up with the mouse itself it is breaking and also where the cord meets up with the usb plug it is doing the same. Reason why? The cord is about 5-6 inches too short. This should be corrected with future designs for the Apple Mouse. Has anyone else not discovered this problem? It is huge. I would rather deal with an irritating mouse button than to have my mouse wire coming apart because of the bend just to get it to be usable due to the shortness of the cord.

    3 of 7 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    great at first

    it gets really lame and it stops working like a year

    4 of 8 people found this useful