• 1.0 out of 5 stars

    tracking ball

    the tracking ball is horrible!
    do not buy!

    14 of 23 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    It's okay if it's free.

    This came with my new Mac Pro in 2008. It worked great for 3 months then the tiny ball got so clogged with dust that it would never scroll properly again (and i am a super clean person too -- I just use the computer for 8 hours daily). Apple forums supply home remedy methods of cleaning it out, but they might make it work a little better for another 3 days. Also it is not designed to clean. Perhaps it's designed to be disposible?

    Also it's the most oddly shaped thing (since the original iMac g3 era gawdawful mouse). It's uncomfortable and has these buttons poorly placed on the sides of the mouse. Everybody I know deactivates these buttons in system preferences because they're so intrusive to mouse workflow. By default, if you pick up the mouse you will inevitably activate something, and more than likely it will interrupt whatever task you were doing which required you to pick up the mouse in the first place.

    Let's recap. The scroll bar will likely not be able the scroll down within 3 months, and the buttons on the sides you will have to deactivate in order not be annoyed to death whenever you need to pick up or adjust your grip on the mouse. Therefore it points and clicks and that's it (whilst being uncomfortable). This is the worst thing currently available from Apple.

    13 of 19 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Waste of money

    This mouse is awful!

    11 of 21 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Worst Mouse Ever

    The scroll ball gets dirty and fails to work. The mouse is not designed to be taken apart to be cleaned. The left and right buttons don't respond properly.

    DO NOT WASTE YOUR MONEY ON THIS PRODUCT!!!!

    15 of 23 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Absolutely Horrible

    So during the summer of 2009 my scrollbar stopped working...But ijust worked with it cuz im 13 and cant afford a 50 dollar mouse...Then today the bottom ring snaps off.....So I had to patch it together with tape beause im trying to get a video camera and cant buy a 70 dollar trackpad....

    11 of 19 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Do Not Buy This Mouse

    Has this product been shelved yet? It's quite telling when Apple employees even tell me not to buy it. The big problem, as you've read, is the scroll wheel. Any microscopic debris that gets into the wheel renders it ineffective. And worthless as a mouse. Right now it's sitting on my shelf as I used an old PC mouse until I got the Magic Mouse. Spend the extra money for that - yeah, it has battery life problems but it's at least functional.

    6 of 12 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Horrible

    I had to jump through hoops to get Apple to replace the first one. The scroll kept getting clogged. You cannot open it to clean it like every other mouse. I had to go down to my closest Apple store for a replacement (30 miles away)...then the second one did the same thing in a matter of 2 months. I love Apple products, but this mouse sx big time. what are they thinking?

    7 of 14 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Scroll Wheel Fail

    The design and functionality of this mouse are fine, but it is constructed of cheaply-made parts. I have gone through several of these and in each one the scroll wheel degrades and ends up spinning uselessly after only a few months. This forces me to click and drag, which doesn't sound like a huge inconvenience but it is - it interrupts flow and impacts productivity. In addition to this mouse I also have a Wacom tablet, and frequently end up using the tablet instead of the mouse due to the frustration experienced with this item.

    6 of 14 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    i hate it, i hate it, i hate it more

    This mac device is NOT dependable after three months of use. The scroll ball does NOT operate properly. For a company of Brand Image and Quality it is surprising that this one necessary piece for a home computer fails.

    Simply put: BITE ME!

    4 of 10 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Short-Lived Romance

    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

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    bad design

    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

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Apple Mouse cord too short among other things

    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

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Horrible Mouse

    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

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Poorly designed.

    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

    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

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Broke within 6 months

    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

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    bad apple

    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

    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

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    Very Moody

    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

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Apple Doesn't Do Mice

    I am a convert from windows (three years ago) and while I think most things Mac are superior to Windows, Apple has been blinded by aesthetic design at the expense of functionality. The scroll ball on this mouse is horrible and the right clicking doesn't give you the same tactile feedback as a real two-button mouse.

    7 of 13 people found this useful