• 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Ball stops working

    I read the comments before buying this mouse, and for some reason I didn't listen. Everyone says that the ball stops working in a few months. I have had my mouse for two months, and the ball has stopped working. For a $50 mouse, I don't think I should be having this problem.

    2 of 3 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Unreliable scroll ball

    I bought this because I hate the thought of tossing away all those used batteries. When it works, it works well. But after a few months the scroll ball started slipping. It would scroll up, but not down; or down, but not up. I'm sure the culprit is dust inside the housing for the rubber ball. It was really stupid of Apple not to give you a way to remove the top and clean the gunk out — PC mice have had this feature for a couple of decades.

    3 of 5 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Scroll ball and the click buttons - pathetic

    Right click never works on a single click. The buttons are placed at the bottom of the mouse which could be the reason for the pathetic performance of the mouse. Scroll ball stopped working after 5 months.
    So waste of money; $50??

    3 of 6 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Not worth it

    Good grief, this design is still around?

    I've had to crack one of these apart to clean the trackball and had to use superglue to put it back together. Two years later I'm going to need to crack it apart again. It's a cool idea and feels good to use. It a nice looking mouse, but it can't be cleaned!

    I can't recommend this product. The fact it cannot be cleaned really is a fatal flaw.

    1 of 5 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Scroll ball fails quickly

    As many others have reviewed, the scroll ball fails far too quickly. What you're left with is an ok mouse...and a wish that you'd purchased a better-engineered mouse.

    1 of 3 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Need longer cord

    Why can't apple make the cord longer a bit? For the price we are paying for it, it won't hurt. Besides the USB ports on the MacBooks are on the left side, and for a right hander, the mouse cord length is really tight.

    All other features are good on the mouse though, rating it low because of the cord length, which is a bit annoying. Same goes with the iPhone/iPad charging USB cables, they could be a foot or two longer!

    1 of 3 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Why doesn't Apple ever update it peripheral products?

    With all the comments about the "scroll ball dirty issues," by now I would have thought that Apple would have replaced the ball with something else. Hence, I will now have to buy another brand. Yes, I have a Mighty Mouse as well as a Magic Mouse; I just need something wired.

    7 of 9 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Good mouse but hard to maintain

    I really like this mouse. The short cable, the ball, and the size of it is perfect for my hand. And I love how you can customize all the functions; there are a lot of options that make life in my design world easier. Sadly, however, its not designed for long term use. The designers needed to include an easy way to clean and maintain the mouse and they kind of forgot that part. The ball rollers inside the mouse get all gummed up with lint and kludge like all mice do. But you are unable to clean the inside like you used to be able to on older mice. Its nearly impossible to open and so you're left with a ball that barely functions and frustrates you. I need a wired mouse here at work since we don't have an endless supply of batteries. I think I'll be shopping for a replacement soon.

    8 of 10 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    It's all about that scrolling ball

    The Good: The rest of the functionality of this mouse is great. Meets all the needs that a designer could ask for. Have been using it for years now.

    Like any mouse with a scrolling ball, it gets dirty. That's not the issue, the issue is finding a way to clean it. I had to pry mine open with a letter opener, unfasten two electrical strips, three screws and a clip that holds the ball down. If it wasn't for the spare mouse (one that had the same issue before) I wouldn't have a mouse right now.

    9 of 13 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Mr. Clean fixed my bad mouse

    My roll ball has not worked for months. I was frustrated and was gonna buy a Logitech since this is my third Mac mouse that has developed the same problem. I use a slightly damp Mr. Clean Magic Eraser. Many rolls of the ball on the magic eraser with slight down pressure on the ball and it started to work. I then rolled it vigorously on a clean piece of paper, then the eraser then the paper again. It now once again works like new.

    I love the mouse when it works and hate it when it doesn't, so I gave it a pretty low rating, but maybe you can fix yours as well and the rating might increase.

    11 of 15 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Scroll mechanism fails

    I have had three Apple optical scroll wheel mice, two wireless and one USB. In a 16 month period, all three have developed the same malfunction: the scroll wheel will not scroll vertically in both directions. I could either scroll up or scroll down, but not in both directions. This problem has been previously reported bo other reviewers and is apparently quite common. While I am biased toward Apple products in general, this one is a dud.

    15 of 16 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Not made for production environments

    If you're a prepress mac operator, designer or do anything on a Mac for a living do not rely on this mouse. Keep a back up! I'm going to assume that most of us on here fall into this category and that we all need the precision on a wired mouse. I've taken mine apart multiple times and keep canned air in my desk just because I own this mouse. So on top of the $50 add a supply of canned air to that price.

    I'm going to pick up a cheap Logitech LS1 because I know it will be there for me when I need it. Buyer Beware!

    23 of 24 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Problematic scroll ball

    The scroll ball becomes dirty easily and once dirty won't scroll. Cleaning is possible, but time consuming, difficult and unreliable. I spend around 20 minutes every day cleaning the scroll ball and today the ball still won't scroll up.

    Once my new mouse arrives, I'm going to smash this mouse with a bat, drive over it with a car, set it on fire and nuke the remains.

    26 of 28 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Not worth the price

    While this mouse does have a few interesting ideas in button functionality, it's a pain to actually use for any extended period and has several other glaring flaws. The cord is much too short, the scroll ball is difficult to properly use in any extent, and any kind of extended use makes the fingers hurt quite a bit because of how small and poorly shaped it is. The optical LED sensitivity leaves quite a lot to be desired, and accuracy takes a nosedive at anything about the default, extremely slow setting. While I appreciate the attempts at innovation, it's punishing for any power user and hardly worth the $50 price tag.

    11 of 15 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Not really reliable

    the scroll ball tends to get fouled up after a while, and there's no way to clean it.

    10 of 14 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Scroll ball

    I got this mice with my iMac 20 inch late 2009. The mice worked pretty well in the beginning. After a couple months the scroll ball gets stuck and doesnt scroll well. Cleaned it but doesnt work properly anymore. I wont recomend this mice.

    11 of 13 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    scrollball makes it a nuisance to use

    i have had this mouse for 1 month, the scrollball stopped functioning after a week. it helps when you roll it over your shirt or pullover, but be prepared to do this every couple hours... a nice mouse with good click feel becomes a complete nuisance with this frequent problem. i would not buy it again and cannot recommend it.

    5 of 6 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Nice mouse but scroll ball fails

    I've had this thing replaced on my iMac 3-4 times over the course of my AppleCare coverage. Definitely DO NOT buy one of these mice! The scroll ball failed on every single one and it's extremely frustrating. My AppleCare has expired now and yet another mouse has broken, I'm going to find a better solution. No way am I paying for one of these.

    8 of 10 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Got 2, both defective within 3 days of light use.

    I got a wired mouse for Christmas to take the place of my wireless mouse. The wireless has worked flawlessly for 2 years, but chews up a lot of batteries which is why I wanted a corded one. The corded one worked great for a few days then became defective. The main problem is that when I’m using it to move the cursor or otherwise applying very light pressure to the top of the mouse it will activate the side buttons. The side buttons were set to show the desktop when activated. I deactivated the side buttons which made the error quit happening. So basically the side buttons are useless. The second problem, and what finally made me want to return it, is that the right click button gradually became more and more difficult to activate until it was nearly impossible to activate unless I pressed down on a certain small spot next to the scroll ball.

    I returned it and got another one. The same thing happened to the second one. I got the first one from the Apple store and the second one from Best Buy in a different city, so I'm sure it wasn't just a bad batch. I think this mouse is a piece of junk by design. I'll keep returning the things until they fix the problem with the design.

    2 of 4 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