• 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Short-Lived Romance

    • Written by from Mount Vernon

    I've had 8 of these mice. They start off as the answer to all your dreams. The little 360-degree roller ball has you thinking life is good. (And I LOVE the smooth one-big-button surface.) Then the little ball quits working. Then you can't use the mouse at all. So you take it to the Apple store and the Genius Bar guys try to clean the ball and it works better for another week or so, then you're back at the store with the same tale. The staff replaces the mouse for free. Then the entire cycle starts over. Then you have to buy the mice yourself. Basically, once the ball gets dirty (and it always does), the $50 mouse dies.

    Perhaps, like me, you then decide to try the Magic Mouse. You're free of the dirty-roller-ball problem, but that Magic Mouse is not good. You put in MUCH effort to hit your target. It's VERY hard to be precise -- and the low profile does not make your hand muscles happy.

    My advice: Give up on Apple mice and look elsewhere.

    4 of 10 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Scroll ball is destined to die on you quickly

    • Written by from flushing

    This is a fantastically designed mouse. Potentially, this mouse operates like a dream. I purchased the magic mouse and got rid of it because my macpro had to be within 20 inches for it to work properly so I went back to this mouse. It worked for a short time until the ball got dirty. Then I had about a month of intermittent function. After that month the mouse was useless so I ponies up the $50 for another one. Now THIS ONE is going bad on me. I wouldn't be so upset it's just $50 is no joke! That's alot of money for a freaking mouse Apple. And I do not keep a dirty workplace. REGULAR wear gives this mouse a 1 year maximum shelf life. Terrible.

    6 of 12 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    best mouse ever

    • Written by from harriman

    this is the best mouse ever
    plus you can customize what button does what

    6 of 10 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    bad design

    • Written by from Towson

    The scroll ball is intermittent at best. It often only works in one direction and sometimes not at all. i'd get a magic mouse if it came in a wired version, but the one i have on my other computer has its batteries die every few months, often just when you don't have any spares on hand.

    6 of 10 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Constantly have to fix it

    • Written by from Cupertino

    I find this mouse really cute and stylish but this scroll bar gets dirty and does not work properly way too often. It doesn't get messed up entirely, but it requires more care than other mice I've used.

    2 of 5 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Apple Mouse cord too short among other things

    • Written by from Kerhonkson

    i thought that i would revisit the apple mouse after 5 years. nothing has changed!
    i had the wireless first and that was horrible..
    now the cord on the non-wireless is so short - it doesn't reach around to the right side of my macbook? what moron designed this?
    i mean really - didn't you test the length?
    i want my money back!

    5 of 9 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Engineering issues need to be addressed

    • Written by from Orlando

    I'm on my third one in two years. And the one I have now has also succumbed to lousy engineering. It's the infamous trackball issue. So I will now need to replace it as well. This time the ball won't even move forward.That makes four in two years. Surely, an innovative company like Apple is capable of designing a piece of hardware that lasts more than six months. If I could figure out how to disassemble the thing I would fix it myself.

    3 of 6 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Horrible Mouse

    • Written by from Dickson

    My college has multiple Mac labs that have around 20 iMacs per lab. Each of these iMacs use this horrible mouse. It's like winning the lottery to find a mouse with a scroll ball that works properly.

    Not only is the scroll (or lack thereof) frustrating, but the buttons on the side are too sensitive. If you have large hands or a tight grip, you will keep pushing those without meaning to. I've seen this happen to many people many times.

    Here's another problem: The cord is far to short. When using on the iMac, you have a limited area of where your hand can go. When using on a Macbook Pro (with USB ports on the left), a right-handed person doesn't have the cord length to use the mouse.

    And another: The bottom gets really gross and may scratch up the surface it's on. It's like a dirt magnet.

    All in all, when I'm at my college, I prefer to work on my Macbook Pro simply because the trackpad is amazing, and the Apple Mouse belongs in the trash. I've ordered an iMac for myself, and you better believe I chose the Magic Trackpad...

    I do not own one of these (nor do I ever intend on owning one).

    7 of 11 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Like wired mouse as well or better than wireless Magic

    • Written by from Cedar Falls

    I have a near new (12/'10) G5 with the wireless so called Magic Mouse. My trouble free 5 year old former G5 had the wired optical mouse. Other than having to occasionally clean the roller ball (not difficult, just dampen clean finger, or use lintless wet cloth - turn it belly up and roll the ball around a bit. Picks up skin oils over time) I much prefer it overall. Also - no batteries to change monthly or so. :-)

    The new wireless is a PAIN due to excessive sensitivity in navigating the cursor, and it being nearly impossible to comfortably and reliably grip the side with out inadvertently touching some part of the full sized top sensing cover. Using Excel it's easy to jump several lines, rows or even windows and not even know it. It might be OK if there were a touch sensitivity adjustment - but there is none.

    I'm about ready to buy the wired mouse again. Way easier to use most of the time, and has the side squeeze buttons missing on the newer wireless. Wish I had let them keep the wireless and me take my old mouse at trade in. I did keep my extended keyboard. Need number pad and nav keys as I do lost of Excel numbers work. Bummer they now charge extra for what was standard keyboard.

    2 of 4 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Poorly designed.

    • Written by

    The 1st one that came with my iMac lasted 8-9 months before it started being difficult, scrolling problems. Only much later after much frustration did I search about it to find all kinds of bad comments. I bought a new one that lasted a few months, replaced under warranty, that lasted about the same time & replaced. Finally after another 6 months when it started going bad, I just replaced it with a LogiTec that has been fine. It's clear that this was a poorly designed piece of equipment that should have been recalled and replaced with a non-defective mouse. It doesn't deserve a 1 star rating and you can't do your own service on this piece of junk.

    8 of 11 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Scroll bar craters early

    • Written by from Lander

    Scroll ball just plain stops working due to whatever reason...dirt, skin oil, etc. But you can't service the stupid thing without destroying the plastic bits holding the mouse together. I'd give it less than one star if it were possible. Real "green" design Apple...thanks.

    4 of 6 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Bad scroll and laggy

    • Written by from Landvetter

    This mouse seem to work sometimes just fine but most of the time at least for me its laggy and the scroll doesn't work that good at all. Put your money on a better mouse!

    4 of 6 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

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Broke within 6 months

    • Written by from Mentor

    I agree with the other posts. The scroll ball only lets me scroll up, but not down! For its price it should be able to do jumping jacks and make me pancakes for breakfast! Its only getting one star!

    4 of 6 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Scroll ball will kill it, eventually

    • Written by from Falls Church

    About a year after we bought the desktop, the scroll ball in the mouse stopped working due to dirt and oils from handling. Cleaning it with lint free pad worked for a day at a time, but a real pain in the rear.

    6 of 7 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    bad apple

    • Written by from Rochester

    The scroll wheel started malfunctioning within one month of use. Should have replaced it then but I was able to eventually get it working again. This went on for a year. Now it just quit and nothing I do fixes it. Time to shop for a different brand.

    14 of 21 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Terrible product

    • Written by from Reading

    Not adding any new insights here - just want to help drag down the average rating. This is a terrible product - the scroll ball on mine got hosed very quickly and simply no longer works. Apple should have taken this product off the market years ago.

    16 of 23 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    scrolling no good

    • Written by from Rochester

    The scroller on the mouse doesn't last very long, the components on the inside are very cheaply made and fragile. It constantly gets gummed up. Very bad mouse for $70, wow, apple you can do better really!!!!good luck scrolling up or down for more than a year or two even after cleaning the components start to break down??????

    16 of 22 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Its amazing

    • Written by from bend

    I've had one of these for 6 years. it's in perfect condittion, i never clean it and it works amazing. people who say when it gets dirty it doesn't work. Mine is 6 years old and it's fine! treat your mouses better. The price is kinda outrageous though. just get one free with a computer, or just get a different mouse.

    8 of 18 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Very Moody

    • Written by from Omaha

    I will never buy another one of these. The scroll bar requires constant maintenance, and only works about half the time.

    13 of 16 people found this useful