Apple Mouse

Apple Mouse

$49.00

2.5 out of 5 stars

Based on 1442 reviews

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Product Information

  • Innovative Scroll Ball and button

    Perfectly positioned to roll smoothly under just one finger, the Apple Mouse's Scroll Ball offers full 360-degree scrolling capability — up/down, left/right and diagonally. You can scroll long web pages, pan full-size images, maneuver around large spreadsheets, control a video timeline and more. And you can even click the Scroll Ball to access your favorite Mac OS X features such as Dashboard, Spotlight or Exposé.

    Touch-sensitive top shell

    It looks and feels like a sleek one-button mouse, but the Apple Mouse's smooth top shell hides a powerful secret: touch-sensitive technology under the shell detects which part of the mouse you're clicking, so you can both left-click and right-click. And if you prefer the simplicity of a classic one-button mouse, the Apple Mouse is up to the task. Just use the Mac OS X system preference pane to configure it how you want.

    Force-sensing side buttons

    When you give the Apple Mouse a squeeze, force-sensing side buttons can be configured to activate Mac OS X features such as Dashboard, Exposé or a whole host of other customizable features.

    Customizable

    If you have Mac OS X, the Apple Mouse can give you fingertip access to the special features you love. Simply use the system preference panel to configure the Apple Mouse in the way that makes you most powerful. Control the Scroll Ball's tracking and click functions, as well as the right, left and side click functions. And you even can set up different mouse profiles for every user account on your Mac.

    Optical Tracking

    Powered by a precision optical sensor, the Apple Mouse provides responsive and accurate cursor movement on almost any type of surface — no mouse pad required.

  • What's in the Box?

    • Wired Apple Mouse
    • Printed and electronic documentation
  • Tech Specs

    Connections

    • USB
  • System Requirements

    • Mac OS X v10.4.8 or later
    • Windows XP or Windows 2000
    • A Macintosh computer with an available USB 1.1 or 2.0 port
    • PC with an available USB 1.1 or 2.0 port
    • Works with standard input driver included with Windows XP and 2000. No additional software required.

Ratings & Reviews

Rating Breakdown (2.5 average)
Number of stars Percentage Number of reviews
  • A great potential - but a failure

    1.0 out of 5 stars

    Why?

    The good: When you first play with the mouse, everything is simply great. The scroll ball feels and operates beautifully. Why?

    The good: When you first play with the mouse, everything is simply great. The scroll ball feels and operates beautifully. The fact you can spin it 360º is a great irreversible feature. The buttonless innovation is also fantastic, although it is arguably a problem for many developers who sometimes require a simultaneous clicking of both left and right buttons, like animators do in Maya (which you cannot do on this mouse), but that is a nuisance that doesn't take away from the overall experience, especially for the common user. I would have given this experience a 5 out of 5 stars (just because there isn't a 4 and half).

    The bad: There are two main issues with this product, the first is the button sensors go berserk and spray click sounds as you move the mouse or fingers by hair. Sometimes they do not register any clicks and sometimes they snap a click without you pressing. It's obviously bad. I had two Mighty Mouses, and both had that issue although the second was by far better in that respect.

    The worst: The scroll ball ALWAYS gets dirty just too easily. If you use your computer a lot you will get this mouse screwed eventually. If dirt goes in through the cracks, and it will, you can start counting the days to its demise. Once the scroll ball barely operates, the mouse becomes ABSOLUTELY useless. It is actually extremely irritating that I have a 10 year old optical mouse that has the basic three buttons and a scroll WHEEL that work flawlessly to this day, while Apple's pricey product (and I thought for a reason) is defected on every front.

    Don't be too fooled by the 5 stars it gets from other folks here. List it by the lowest and newest score and you'll see the bigger picture. I've been in their boat before. Obviously there's a good reason why this product fails to scratch 3 stars. It shouldn't even get that.

    • Written by

    4674 of 5756 people found this useful

    Was this useful? A great potential - but a failure
  • scroll ball is unreliable

    2.0 out of 5 stars

    The scroll ball is highly susceptible to malfunction. Any oils or moisture on your scrolling finger will be pulled in and will sto The scroll ball is highly susceptible to malfunction. Any oils or moisture on your scrolling finger will be pulled in and will stop it from scrolling. In true Apple fashion, it's sealed so you can't clean it out like you did with your old track-ball mice. This much money for what is essentially a disposable mouse? I advise against it.

    • Written by from New York

    2975 of 3798 people found this useful

    Was this useful? scroll ball is unreliable
  • Don't waist your money

    1.0 out of 5 stars

    Had mouse for a little over 6 months when the roller ball stopped scrolling down. Tried troubleshooting tips online, but nothing Had mouse for a little over 6 months when the roller ball stopped scrolling down. Tried troubleshooting tips online, but nothing helped. Luckily it was still under warranty so I was able to get a replacement. Well, that was a month ago and now the new one will not scroll up!! It may not sound like a big deal (at least I can scroll down right?), but when you do a lot of web surfing or are just trying to edit a report, it's a pain. Hubby said toss this one and buy something more reliable---my advice to you is the same.

    • Written by from Merrill

    2930 of 3916 people found this useful

    Was this useful? Don't waist your money
  • Perfect mouse!

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    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 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!

    • Written by from Oakland Park
    Was this useful? Perfect mouse!
  • I like this mouse I bought 8 years ago

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    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 on 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!

    joe

    • Written by from Cordova
    Was this useful? I like this mouse I bought 8 years ago
  • Scroll Ball Will Fail, Guranteed. Consider this mouse a consumable.

    1.0 out of 5 stars

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

    • Written by from OTTAWA
    Was this useful? Scroll Ball Will Fail, Guranteed. Consider this mouse a consumable.

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