• 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Faulty design

    Apple needs to build a better mouse. This is the 3rd mouse in 2 years. The scroll button always malfunctions in exactly the same way - won't scroll down - and doesn't return to proper functionality even after following Apple's cleaning directions. I brought the last one into the Apple Store and they couldn't get it to work.

    Very disappointing and frustrating. I love Apple products and I'll probably be a Mac person for life, but this mouse is flawed.

    22 of 28 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    problematic, good when working

    When it works it is a great mouse. The scroller ball is prone to failure, although if you turn it upside down and wipe it with a tissue with alcohol on it (hold the ball in place with one of your figernails at different positions so you can actually WIPE it and not just move it around) this seems to clear up that issue. The other problem I have encountered is that the plastic coating around the wires breaks where it connects with the mouse because the coating is not flexible enough to allow more than say 30 degrees away from straight for the first 2 inches or so (!!), putting great strain on this part so that it breaks and exposes the wires.

    17 of 18 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Not terrible

    I like the function of this mouse and it seems to work for me but the real problem is the scroll ball. It gets gunked up and quits working. It is a hassle when it does not work so i disassembled the mouse and cleaned the sensors and now it works great! Just like new! All that you must do is pop off the white piece of plastic around the bottom of the mouse and then pop out the guts. It took like 15 minutes. The only problem is that when you pop off the bottom, it breaks the glue seal so you have to reglue the bottom back on. I also assume that this type of activity probably voids the warranty but it is worth it because it works great afterwards!

    19 of 22 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Worst Apple Product

    After going through not one but three of them I am thinking it is the worst product in Apple's line-up. By the end of my experience I ended up buying the cheapest Logitech mouse I could find in frustration one night and it works to this day outlasting three Apple mice at a fraction of the cost. I missed the squeeze function but that is nothing compared to the frustration of faulty scroller ball.

    The roller ball is the critical flaw, how they could not get something correct that is used so much amazes me. It will cease operating. You will clean it, it will function for a week or two and it will again sputter. On the first go around I gave it a second chance and ordered another. Repeat entire issue.

    On the third go around I bought the wireless and made every attempt to keep my work area as clean as an Intel chip production factor floor. Still repeat on the roller ball jam up.

    Part of me wanted to demand all of my money back on it.

    I am ordering the new magic mouse with great optimism and here is to hoping Apple has finally got their mouse issue fixed. It is really the only piece of Apple Hardware that I have had massive disappointment on.

    23 of 30 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Might Only Briefly

    The mouse works really well out of the box. Then in about 6 months the scroll ball get dirty and there is no effective way to clean it. It is not removable. For the money, there are many better choices.
    Apple, you make great stuff but you struck-out on the Mighty Mouse.

    31 of 46 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Worst Apple Product Ever

    I don't even know where to begin with this thing - it is all around absolutely the worst Apple product I have ever owned, but I guess the worst thing is its ability to function as a mouse. Anyone who has the two-button functionality enabled knows the exquisite headache of trying to intuit what this small plastic egg will recognize as a right click or a left. The "side" buttons are a special treat as well - they are awkward to use, and don't tend to click "off" very well. The one redeeming point is the scroll wheel, which seems to function okay. So if you only need to scroll infinitely through one document, you're set. For those of us that need to use Sketchup or similar multi-click dependent programs, we must resort to third-party mice. Apple, please test future mice in people's hands, not in store windows.

    21 of 26 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Clean it

    I've had my Mighty Mouse for over two years and like most reviewers here, I had a problem with the scroll button functioning. I thought it was broken and that didn't make me happy. Then I read how to clean it. After turning it upside down and rolling the scroll button back and forth on a piece of plain bond paper, it was like new again.

    After a time, it became dirty again and stopped working. I simply repeated the procedure, above, and it was like new again. I would give it 5 stars if I didn't ever have to clean the scroll ball, but it only takes a few seconds to clean it. I know I'm kind of messy - eating, etc around the computer so part of it is my own fault. Just clean it.

    17 of 18 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    ball problem quick fix!

    So the ball sticks cause it pulls dirt in.... Hold the mouse in your hand upside down, take rubbing alcohol on your finger and roll it over and over you will see all that dirt come out and it will work again! Still- a bad design for a pretty mouse.. but it will save you money to just fix it yourself.

    18 of 20 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Definitely a source of stress

    While the mouse is aesthetically pleasing and functionally neat, it does cause me a lot of stress. Ever month the scroll ball will stop working and I start wondering if I'll have to replace it.. then after 15 minutes of vigorous attempts at cleaning it starts working again. I have had the product for less than 9 months and I'm not sure how long I can keep dodging the bullet. So buy with caution.

    18 of 20 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Mighty mouse is really a great mouse!

    I have had my iMac for about 11 months, and I also have the occasional lock up of the scroll wheel. I googled it and found out how to clean it, every once in a while, when it does lock up, I just run it on the roller upside down on a piece of paper. After about ten seconds of rolling it works perfectly well, just like the day I got it.

    Also what I like about the mouse is its incredible sensivity without being glitchy and over-sensitive. Also, it scrolls not like conventional mouses, 1 or 3 line(s) at a time, but pixels at a time, which is great for me.

    Also, do remember that other mouses also get dirty, so you have to clean it as well. I would clean my mouse a hundred times over for the scroll wheel, instead of buying another mouse.

    22 of 28 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Worked well, died early.

    I really liked the design of this mouse, but it could use a few improvements: the side buttons required quite a bit of force to activate, and you had to lift your left finger completely off the mouse to right-click. Once I got used to it though it served me well, and the 360 scroll was its best feature.

    Biggest problem, however, was that after 11 months of service the 360-scroll wheel stopped working. I could scroll down and to the right, but not up or left.... making the mouse fairly useless to me.

    Four stars for design and function
    Two starts for longevity
    Three stars overall.

    37 of 58 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Awful mouse - avoid if possible

    This is simply the worst designed piece of equipment I have to use. After the 10.4.9 update my Microsoft mouse I had been using, stopped working reliably (it interprets single clicks double or triple, making OS X a hazardous place to mouse around in).

    So I'm back on the bundled wired Mighty Mouse, which sadly is an oxymoron. It's too low for my medium sized hands and the scroll button needs cleaning several times a day now.

    I don't have grimey hands, just 'real world' hands. It's odd that so many bad reviews, all about the flawed design of the scroll button go unnoticed.

    It's been out for a while but could definitely use a second generation that addresses these problems. Or they could fix it that my Microsoft mouse works again, since that one's ergonomically sound.

    This one was bundled, I won't be buying a replacement and advise everyone to stay away from this flawed piece of tech.

    34 of 52 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Good, but a bit unreliable

    I like it and yet the scroll ball needs constant cleaning to keep working. See Apple's support site for their advice which is just water and a cloth.

    The side buttons are a bit flakey. They've spazzed out on me a few times where they 'click' by themselves fairly rapidly.

    It's neat how you right click by just pressing the right side of the mouse and yet it's not as reliable as just having a dedicated right mouse button. Sometimes you'll find a finger barely touching the left side of the mouse for instance and a right click won't register. Doesn't happen alot, but enough to annoy.

    The short cord is nice for plugging the mouse into your keyboard.

    Left clicking is what I like about the mouse the most. It just has a great feel to it and you can use all your fingers. It's why I still use the thing.

    A redesign should make the scroll ball require less cleaning. It should better sense when you are right clicking even if your index finger remains touching the left side a bit (if possible.) And the side buttons should be easier to click.

    25 of 34 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Loved it at first...

    Like everyone else, i loved the mighty mouse and the scroll ball. After about a year the scroll ball stopped working. i used all the methods online and it still wouldn't scroll down. :( This is obviously a common problem and hopefully apple is working on improving this product.

    27 of 38 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Won't scroll down

    It was great at first, but...I have the same problem about scrolling--after only a few months, the scroll ball will only scroll UP, but not DOWN! And the movement of the mouse is slow and scratchy on any surface. Disappointing.

    27 of 38 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    perfect until...

    The SCROLL BALL becomes quite uncooperative. I've owned my computer for less than a year and my the scroll bar is already giving me problems. Apple, this is unacceptable!!

    20 of 24 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Why is the cable so short?

    Why would you design the mouse with such a short cable when you've also designed the previous Macbook Pro with all the usb ports on the left hand side? really apple, that's your definition of a great design?

    17 of 19 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Needs Improvement

    It starts working fine with ease, simplicity & beauty as promoted, but that starts fading away after a while & there's nothing one can do about it. The most annoying problem is the scrolling. Maybe it's because we the Apple customers consider your products to be excellent or flawless, but I went ahead & bought the same mouse even when the first one failed, yet the same happened again. I need a third mouse at this moment.

    16 of 17 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Apple Mouse

    In the regular Apple mouse, the ball seems to refuse to scroll down after a period of usage.
    Solution: Dip a Q-tip in alcohol and work over the ball in all directions, let dry and plug 'er back in. Q-tip should not be dripping wet.
    Other than the above problem, the mouse design and system is my favourite after 20 or so years of mouse relationships.

    20 of 25 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Worst. Mouse. Ever.

    This is most unreliable and undependable mouse I've ever used. It scrolls only occasionally, and has the most annoying habit of bringing up the widgets when I don't want them. I am really, really disappointed with this product--I often feel like taking a hammer to it. YUCK.

    17 of 19 people found this useful