• 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Good at being a mouse, but flawed.

    For one thing, this mouse is quite overpriced at essentially 50 dollars (for a wired mouse? Really?). It doesn't have a solid feel in the hand, since it is plastic and weighs nearly nothing. It hardly matches with the recent Apple build-quality aesthetic.

    The ball is cool since it allows you to scroll 360º, but it's so small that it takes irritatingly long to scroll through long documents.

    The absolute worst part is that if you try using this with a Macbook that doesn't have a standalone keyboard, you're out of luck. The cord is short to make it look like desk candy, but it prevent right-handed users (ie most of the world) from simply using the mouse with their computer. Huge oversight/laziness on the part of the designers.

    15 of 17 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Scroll ball doesn't work!

    I'm on my second mouse. Both had the same problem after a month: The scroll ball doesn't work. I've had this one for a couple years now and I've become so used to scrolling manually on everything. Really slows down my internet browsing, and design shortcuts in Adobe products.

    14 of 15 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    The wheel stopped working

    They should just have the slick Apple touch mouse but with *wire*.

    This mechanical wheel just stops working after a while...

    14 of 15 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Apple Mouse is a piece of Garbage

    Another example of Apple's form over function failure. The mouse looks nice, but the little teeny track ball gets all gunked up then doesn't work. And despite Apple's instruction on how to clean it- cleaning doesn't work. I never, ever had this problem on any home or work PC mouse.

    16 of 19 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    update this design, please

    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

    Aaalmost great

    The Apple Mouse (previously known as Mighty Mouse) is just a fantastic piece of technology. Its design is quite obvious - once you start to use it - and makes you wonder "why someone hasn't come with this idea before?" in amazement. The only negative point is that you can't take it apart to clean its innards. The 'nipple' scroll ball gets stuck after a few months, yes. A few drops of isopropyl alcohol on it is enough to get it up and running again, though. That's the only thing keeping me to give this a full 5 star review. Despite all these negative reviews - I can't argue with them: the ball DOES stuck - this IS a very well designed and crafted mouse.

    16 of 19 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    good

    keep from eating cheetos and all will be smooth sailing with this mouse. I've been using mine since it launched an it's great. Takes some getting used to the feel of it, and sure the tiny scroll ball will get clogged up if you use the mouse with grit on your fingers. The simple solution is to take a cleaning cloth and rub it fast against the ball while holding the mouse upside down, then tap the mouse against a book or something to clear out the gunk. It will be working in a few seconds.

    If you're some type of slob that eats pizza, and cheese products with your bare fingers then you probably won't enjoy this mouse.

    16 of 19 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Just needs a good cleaning

    We've had our Mighty Mouse for two years and love it, but like others experience frustration with the trackball not working.

    I combined two tips I read online, and after months of not working, my trackball is now like new again.

    I got a pre-moistened alcohol wipe and put it down on a hard surface. Then I turned the Mighty Mouse upside down and rubbed the trackball firmly in all directions over the alcohol wipe. Just wiping the mouse with the alcohol wipe had done nothing to improve its performance, so I was skeptical, but the combination of alcohol and pressure did the trick, and now it's working just fine again.

    14 of 15 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Cleaning the scroll ball

    You can clean the scroll ball using a can of compressed air to blow out the dirt and wipe the ball with an alcohol wipe. It is annoying when the scroll ball stops working but the above is a quick and easy fix.

    13 of 13 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Works well for 6-9 months

    The mouse works well until about 6-9 months when the scroll ball will stop working in one direction due to dirt buildup. Even if you clean the mouse frequently this will happen. The worst Apple product that I have used. Design over function.

    15 of 17 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Repair of scroll function

    Best advice, per prior reviewer:
    "ball problem quick fix!
    Written by KT from Roswell
    Nov 16, 2008"

    My ball stopped scrolling UP after 9 months - Scrolling down, and everything else worked OK. Rolled the ball with my finger wet with rubbing alcohol a few minutes; wiped clean with Kleenex and repeated 4 times untll no dirt showed. Maybe we should wash our hands every time before booting!


    14 of 15 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    scroll ball problems

    This is my second mouse since I purchased my computer about a year ago. When the scroll ball on this one quit functioning, I just sprayed it with electronic cleaner, both on the ball and on the bottom and it began to function properly immediately. No fuss, no residue. Apple should sell this type of product.

    Old lady Mac fan

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  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    How to fix your rollerball

    Like many of you I was extremely frustrated when my mouse started to malfunction. Fortunately all I had to do was take an alcohol prep pad and wipe down the mouse thoroughly (hold down rollerball and roll it use prep pad) my mouse started to work immediately. Hope this little tid bit helps.

    14 of 15 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Unpredictable

    The mouse that came with my spring 08 iMac died in a few days - replacement has held up for almost a day now, we'll see.

    Couple of caveats - useful features, all in the mouse control panel, like zoom, are by default tied to keys that are commonly used in other programs (ctrl to activate zoom) - be wary of zoom (if your pointer wheel goes bad zoomed in) - also - if you use spaces, you can't deactivate zoom while in spaces, so if you're zoomed in a gajillion percent on a photo, and move to the spaces screen, no amount of scrolling will get you to another space.

    Only way I've found around is to click the space I'm in (or hit esc), zoom back out to close to normal, then use spaces. Also be aware of your zoom functionality if enabled - it doesn't discriminate. Again, the zoom keyboard command mappings - highly recommend to change them to something not used by anything else on your box... or just turn zoom off.

    Tracking is ok for an optical... tried it on gamepads and foam, doesn't seem to matter much - it's an optical not much more to say there.

    Right clicking (contextual menus) are in nearly every program now, and while the MM can be right click enabled, or you can use ctrl-click - it's nowhere near as as responsive as a regular two button mouse... I've just decided to click on the very very outer edge to make sure - an awkward move, being used to lightly tapping a regular two button mouse.

    I must have bagged the bad combo here, cuz I've got lag in the keyboard and mouse (fiddled with the control panel, still unpredictable), and they're wired... mondo, whatever.

    Fingertip moisture, from whatever source (just drank a cold soda? sweaty?) - turns that wheel into a slippery sucker fast - actually, the hard shell and slippery shape I don't like at all, but it's holding me out until I decide on "The Replacement".

    41 of 69 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Thank you, Kensington

    My track ball stopped working, again, but this time in the scroll down instead of up. Again, I reached for my 8 year old kensington mouse (solid parts) no external scroll or perturbing scroll, or however the *^%$# you want to put it, and continued with my work.

    15 of 17 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Frustrating Buttons

    What Apple doesn't tell you is that you can only click one button at a time.

    The problem this causes for most users is that *any* pressure on one of the other buttons will prevent the others from being clicked - frustrating if you're used to resting your fingers across the top of the mouse while you use it.

    19 of 25 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great mouse, just not amazing

    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

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Easy Scroll Ball fix. Really!

    Yes, when it works it desearves five stars. But I don't know why Apple, after all these years, doesn't include this simple, effective solution to "clean" the malfunctioning Scroll Ball that eventually may get clogged with even invisible particles (skin cells?) in even the cleanest operating environments. Just get any can of "air," a compressed-gas duster that is typically used for camera lenses, etc., and attach the thin tube nozzle extension. Position the tip straight down onto the side of the Scroll Ball and gently depress it (the center click function) to open the small crack around the ball and usually just one gentle puff of air will dislodge the dirt from any of the tiny stuck wheels inside. Your wonderful Apple Mouse Scroll Ball will start working again. If Apple was smart, they would sell a small can of air as a recommended maintenance accessory for this terrifically-designed mouse.

    17 of 22 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Unreliable and impractical

    It looks nice, if only it worked as nice.

    The miniscule scroll ball is nice, but it gets stuck so often, if you want to get help with it, Apple will tell you to turn it upside down, roll it around, and blow into it. Great.

    The side button is nice, and actually pretty helpful.

    The main problem is the whole "clicking" thing. There is no way to right click and left click at the same time! As someone who likes to play games on the Mac's sub-par hardware, I find it very frustrating.

    13 of 14 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Clean the scroll ball and then it's brand new again!

    I came on here to buy a NEW mouse since my scroll ball wasn't working anymore. i saw on a review to get a clean white paper, turn the mouse upside down and rub the scroll ball on the white paper. ALL THESE BLACK SPECKS came out! and then a big CHUNK of black came out! I kept doing it until there was no more black stuff coming out. and now my scrolling ball works fine!!

    Every product will eventually break down. This mouse- it was just dirty. Now don't you get dirty sometimes and you need a good cleanin'? :)

    15 of 18 people found this useful