• 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Besides bit short on the cable side, Might mouse is better than the Magic

    • Written by from Miami

    The cable is extremely short. However this mouse is wired, so it's performance is better than the wireless magic mouse. It is also much lighter, so moving it around won't be much effort compared to the all glass/aluminum magic mouse.

    I use a USB extension cable to plug it to my iMac, and it works great. Also got more keys than the Magic Mouse. The middle button and the side button is all customizable.

    Highly recommended.

    5 of 6 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great mouse, just not amazing

    • Written by from Waxhaw

    Yes this mouse has many flaws, but most are easily fixed. The biggest one seems to be the scroll ball. I searched online for answers, actually found this one on Apple's community support page.

    Just unplug the mouse, turn it upside down, and press the scroll ball onto a clean sheet of paper and rub it somewhat fiercely, to clean the ball and restore functionality.

    I have used it in Windows 7 and Mac OS Snow Leopard. Loved the customization of Mac OS, install the drivers, (search apple's website for windows drivers) and it's a wonderful little addition to your computer.

    (if using for a desktop, go buy a usb extension cable unless your keyboard has usb ports) The cord is very short but keep in mind it was designed to work with the Apple keyboards which have built in usb ports to minimize cord clutter, since wireless peripherals didn't always exist.

    13 of 14 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    You can Clean it...

    • Written by from brooklyn

    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

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    fine mouse, the only problem is scroll ball

    • Written by from Ann Arbor

    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

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    The Mouse that works

    • Written by from Kaufman

    Read several reviews as the scroll ball would scroll up but not down. Then it would scroll down but not up. The first time I used canned air to spray everywhere around the scroll ball and it started working again. After several weeks it stopped scrolling up. I did the spray a second time it stopped hoping it would scroll up. No deal. After reading about the paper method, I did that, and it works like a charm. Yes it's a hassle, but regardless how clean you keep things, including your finger, stuff does get on the ball. I don't intend to wear an exam glove on my 'mouse hand' to prevent the natural oils and don't plan on building a mini clean room in which to stick my hand to operate the mouse. But the paper solution does work. for those that don't or cant scroll to see the entry, I unplugged the mouse, got a clean sheet of paper and rolled the scroll ball in every which direction and plugged it back in and it works great. I don't work for Apple, and am a recent convert from Windows.

    21 of 24 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Solves excessive spreadsheet scrolling

    • Written by from Proton Station

    I find that the MagicMouse scrolls excessively when using Excel. The slightest brush of the MagicMouse sends spreadsheets scrolling dozens of columns over or down. I know that I can turn scrolling off, but that is a hassle and then there is NO scrolling at all.

    The wired Mouse has a more controllable amount of scrolling. And it is easy to use the mouse for other functions while avoiding touching the roller ball. So inadvertent scrolling is eliminated.

    I haven't had it long enough to have had cleaning problems. (Minus one star for cleaning protocol; I might change my mind on this later.) It seems that there is a simple procedure to take care of this. There is a separate sheet included in the instructions that outlines this. And I haven't set up the other click buttons for extra functions. I am content right now with the standard setup.

    I wouldn't be without the MagicMouse. But it is possible to have BOTH mice hooked up at the same time. That is what I do. I just use the one that is more appropriate for the job. (And, having a wired mouse as a backup in case of wireless problems is a bonus.)

    4 of 8 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Clean the Mouse roller ball!! It works!!

    • Written by from ASHLAND

    This guy with the comment below has the trick! I tried it and it worked! I took his advise, got a Q tip and dipped in rubbing alcohol and rubbed it on the little ball and saw little tiny hairs and things come out. I just kept doing it till it was completely clean and it works great again!! Thanks so much.

    Rubbing Alcohol Really works!

    Written by KS from Edmonton
    Nov 27, 2007

    All the posts about this mouse is about how the scroll bar doesn't work after a while. I saw a review about using Rubbing Alcohol and a Q-tip to fix it. It Works! Just take a Qtip, dip it in rubbing alcohol and then scroll around on the mouse with it. After all the gunk in out the scroll will work again! thanks so much for the tip!

    13 of 15 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Keep the track ball clean and its fine.

    • Written by from Bloomington

    After thinking that I needed a new mouse I stumbled onto the paper technique of cleaning the track ball of my apple mighty mouse. Voila! it worked! Tried it on another mighty mouse and it too became fully functional! Just keep it clean! Oils from fingers combined with dust in the air must collect on the ball and compromise its function. Two of ours work great now, when they didn't before.

    6 of 9 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    The piece of paper trick works

    • Written by from Miami

    holy smokes it works. i just unplugged the mouse, turned it upside down, and pressed the little round ball scroller on the paper for like 30 seconds, in every direction, and now the scroller is working again. excellent tip, thanks.

    22 of 26 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Help for cleaning the Apple Mouse

    • Written by from Olympia

    Thanks to @RB from Fort Myer, my Apple Mouse now works again! I've had little trouble with the mouse since 2007 when I bought my Intel based iMac... until yesterday. Then I read RB's post about rolling the trackball on a sheet of clean paper to clean it (make sure the paper is on a hard flat surface) and, viola! For now it is working perfectly again!

    BTW, I also turn off the side buttons... to annoying to use.

    Apple, Steve, whoever is listening, LISTEN to your devoted users, admit that, while beautiful and (for me at least) ergonomic, this design needs work!

    12 of 14 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    A Great mouse if you are conscientious

    • Written by from LANGLEY

    Like all mice w/roller balls, you have to keep it clean.
    One puff of canned air once a month or two does it.
    I have had two of these for 5-6 years (in addition to a Magic Mouse + and a LogicTech), they still give that nice instant "hands-on" analogue feel that you cannot get with a wireless.

    Just keep it clean!

    12 of 13 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    update this design, please

    • Written by from Gilboa

    I wish Apple would make a new version of this mouse, with a laser assisted ball instead of this one that works using rollers. The ball eventually begins to fail due to the inevitable introduction of dirt and grime.

    With a laser tracker it would work flawlessly.

    This is the most ergonomic and comfortable design Apple has released. The newer "Magic Mouse" is too low and uncomfortable to use. It causes me severe pain in my wrist, whereas this one causes no pain at all.

    18 of 23 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    I like my mouse...

    • Written by from Taos

    I've had this mouse for a long time, probably at least three years. It has never gotten dirty or needed to be cleaned (and I work with it all day, every day). It has great control and is versatile without being ridiculous. It took me a while to learn where to press to make things happen, like opening files, but once I did, I loved it. The only thing I don't like is when I get haphazard about the way I handle it. I sometimes put my finger somewhere on the mouse that's intended for a function, and then it does things I don't intend for it to do. That's why I'm giving it only four stars rather than five. But I consider that my fault more than the mouse's. All in all, I think it's a great mouse. Better than the wireless one I bought by far.

    5 of 9 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    How to clean that pesky trackball.

    • Written by from Fort Myer

    As many reviews have stated, the trackball of the wired apple mouse can become unresponsive if left uncleaned for too long. This problem arises from the oil and dead skin cells that collect on the trackball and its box-like enclosure. Unlike what most individuals think the solution to this problem does not require you to crack open the mouse, breaking the seal, instead it requires only a single sheet of paper and a flat surface. First place the scratch paper on the flat surface of your choosing, whether that be a coffee table or kitchen counter, it doesn't matter. Next, turn the mouse over so that the trackball touches the paper. Lastly, apply a moderate amount of pressure and roll the track ball all over the paper. What looks like black grease will accumulate on the surface of this scratch peper and presto-chango! your mouse is full functional again.

    This is a great mouse and it has served me well for a while. This would be a five star product, except for its occasional need to be cleaned, hence the four stars and not five. (It would be better if apple still sold the cordless version as well)

    29 of 35 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Dirty Roller Ball

    • Written by from Wayland

    After 2 years, I was about to replace my Apple Mouse because the roller ball had refused to work. I checked out the price and happened to see the comments. The ones that jumped out were the instructions on how to clean the roller ball. Which I did, following the Q-tip and alcohol advice. Now my roller ball is working in all directions again. Ergo, no pointless trip to the Apple Store. I've had to replace Mousies before -- eh, it's just part of the natural decline of most things. In this instance, hygiene matters. I guess if yo use the mouse with food and other stuff on your fingers, you really can't expect it to work properly longterm.

    13 of 16 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    You Just Need To Baby It

    • Written by from Mason City

    This mouse is actually a very nice mouse. The problem with the scroll ball is a little frustrating, however, all you need to do is turn it over, bell up, and roll it across a sheet of paper and get all the dirt and grime from your fingers out of the ball. This will not hurt the mouse and will make it work like a charm every time. I have used this mouse for a long time and it has never failed me. I would never go back to a regular mouse again.

    2 of 4 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Not perfect

    • Written by from Spencerport

    Good mouse, roller ball does not roll any more. Have had for 2 years or so. I really don't want to buy another mouse that is not going to work in a year or two! The mouse also goes on it's own sometimes? Good mouse but as good as I would expect from Apple.

    5 of 7 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    GOOD MOUSE- just need to clean the ball everyonce in a while

    • Written by from Catonsville

    its actually pretty easy to take apart and clean the ball. yes it is tedious, but it gives you something constructive to do on a boring day. once cleaned works like the day you got it. ive only had to clean it once in a couple years. it would be beneficial for apple to have come up with a better solution for the dirt issue but oh well.

    8 of 13 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great once you know the "secret"

    • Written by from Dartmouth

    I was really happy with this mouse until the scroll wheel started behaving erratically. I'd already replaced one and was cursing Apple and about to throw this one out when I discovered that simply rolling the ball on a clean surface (a sheet of paper seems to work best) fixed it perfectly. Now whenever it starts acting up I just "clean the ball" and it's back to "like new". Apple really needs to make it easier to find the "fix" for this product 'cause it's really the best mouse I've used when its working.

    16 of 18 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Don't discard or resign yourself to not scrolling: clean it!

    • Written by from Oakland

    I too had the issue with scrolling due to dirt getting in the scroll ball mechanism. My mouse stopped scrolling up, which was incredibly frustrating.

    So a co-worker and I took it apart today. All you need is a swiss army knife or something similar, with a blade to pry it open and a small phillips screwdriver. We took it all apart and cleaned the contacts, put it back together (though we had to use superglue to reattach the bottom frame), and it works great now.

    I think I'll try cleaning it without taking it apart in the future, somehow. And remembering to wash my hands after lunch.

    But the multi-directional scroll ball is totally worth it. It really speeds up workflow. It took me a while to get used to having the whole body of the mouse for left-click/right-click... and sometimes if I don't have my hand in the exact right place, it right-clicks when I want to left-click. Otherwise, it's great.

    6 of 9 people found this useful