• 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Very nice to use; a hassle to clean

    Overall this mouse is quite useful. The 360 degree scroll wheel works like a charm. The only hassle is cleaning the scroll ball. This is what worked for me :

    1. Rubbing the ball upside-down on printer paper
    2. Rubbing the ball on a wet cloth
    3. Cleaning the ball with a q-tip dipped in rubbing alcohol

    Repeat every month.

    2 of 2 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Comfortable and Easy to Use

    I think it's a terrific mouse! There's only one thing that has given me a problem with this mouse and that is the center ball. It was working great when I first purchased this mouse, but after about one month it stopped working, but for me that's no big deal. One little problem, that's all. Besides, I didn't choose it for the ball feature. I prefer more basic designs anyway. It's smooth and glides very easily and it's also very accurate for point and click. It feels really good under your hand too. You can easily rest your wrist while still being able to manipulate the mouse across the pad. A great mouse!

    0 of 3 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    This thing works fine

    I've had one of these since it was released. It's been in serious use on a pro audio rig in a full-time professional audio studio since day one and is still working fine — so i don't get what the complaints are about regarding the ball. I'm buying more for my other rigs.

    3 of 7 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Apple Mouse $49 USB Secret

    The scroll ball eventually gets dirty. I have had several and they are expensive for a mouse that only lasts for an extended time before the scroll ball starts to fail. However I like the feel and performance of the mouse, and it doesn't use up batteries like some others. The secret to extending the mouse performance is to use a zero residue contact cleaner and spray the scroll ball and work it while the mouse is upside down. This will give you back your mouse performance for an extended time before you have to do it again.

    6 of 8 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    scroll wheel fix

    If the scroll wheel malfunctions, just rub some alcohol over it with a cloth back and forth and it will work again because the oil that got on it from your finger will be removed. A great product except when it malfunctions, but it's easy to fix.

    2 of 5 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    The mouse has worked well for me for years.

    I have Apple products at home, but we have Windows machines where I work. So, I bought an Apple wired keyboard and this wired mouse. I think I have been using it for over 4 years. I had a tracking software that said I click it about as many times as I hit a key on the keyboard. I think the mouse movement is over a mile a year. I am an application developer, so I am at the keyboard all day. I use the scroll all the time to navigate large documents and web pages. I must keep my hands clean, because I have never had to clean the scroll button. I have read several people say they have problem cleaning, but it has not been an issue. I hold the mouse so much that I think I am starting to wear the paint off. The sides are showing a greenish hue. I assume that is the underlying plastic and there is discoloration around the place I typically push for left click.

    2 of 3 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great mouse, easy to clean the scroll ball

    This mouse is a mouse. Sleek design and despite all other reviewers complaints about the scroll ball, all you need is a q-tip and some rubbing alcohol. Unplug the mouse, get the alcohol all over the ball and spin in place until the gunk inside the mouse starts to come out. Keep cleaning with q-tips and alcohol and you will have a working scroll ball in no time. No need to replace every few months, just might want to try washing your hands more.

    6 of 8 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Simple cleaning tip for the ickle bally

    All these people that complain about the ickle bally not working, here is a way to make it all soft and fluffy again - get a baby wipe and rub it backwards and forwards and side to side over the ickle bally (in the same way you move your fingers) and it gets all better. Alternatively chuck it in the bin when it gets dirty, personally I'm not that rich :-)

    3 of 6 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Good mouse

    I bought a new iMac and stupidly decided to get the "Magic" Mouse. Go read the reviews for that...I should have. That mouse is complete garbage. I had to swap the wired keyboard and wired mouse from my mini to the new iMac (the wireless keyboard is fine, I guess, if you like the layout which matches the laptops).

    As far as this mouse goes, I like it just fine. After a few years the ball got gummed up and I had to take it apart to clean it, but no big deal for me. I would get another one.

    2 of 4 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    The best mouse. Period.

    Yes scroll ball will be unreliable if you are riding in dirt and not keeping it clean.

    I have two of these and am getting a third. Simple. And 4 button mouse is absolutely needed if you use your Mac for business. Expose and Spaces (need Total Spaces now for Mountian Lion). I have a Magic Mouse and do not like it - it is missing the side buttons and the 3rd mouse button.

    Nothing but thumbs up on this. And the main reason I only give it the 4 stars is the fact that the scroll ball in the mouse with about 100K on it will become unreliable - so go get it fixed/cleaned...!

    It's a $45 dollar mouse, not $90.


    6 of 8 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great mouse but cable too short

    I love this mouse, have had it for years without any problems whatsoever -- but doesn't Apple know that some of us use desktop computers with pull-out drawers?

    In order to use it with the standard cord I had too have the monitor much to close, and I suffered like this until I ordered a USB cable extension. (Am I the only person who didn't know such extensions existed?)

    3 of 5 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great mouse, but...

    This is a great mouse and I love using it. The scroll ball is really natural way to scroll through web pages and documents, BUT you will have to maintain it. It frequently collects dusk and debris as well as oil from your fingers. Best way to keep it working is to use some isopropyl alcohol and work the scroll ball. The other thing is that Apple wants $49, which seems rather steep to me. I don't remember paying that much for it 3 yrs ago.

    7 of 9 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Like it.

    I've had the mouse for a long time now (about 3 months) and it works just fine. I like it because it is more comfortable to my hand than the magic mouse. I just think its a little pricey for a wired mouse.

    8 of 10 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    How to clean the scroll wheel

    I have had on going problems with the scroll wheel only working to scroll downward. I tried cleaning it with numerous products to no avail, until now.

    Use a dry Mr. Clean Magic Eraser. A couple of wipes while pressing down lightly on the ball and VOILA! It works as good as new!

    75 of 79 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars


    Found the suggestion by David F of 4Apr12 to be most helpful. Now happily scrolling instead of having to use the scroll bar on the side. Thanks for the great tip.

    8 of 10 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Just got it

    i just got it like a half an hour ago, its awesome but i still kinda like to use the trackpad haha but im pretty sure i will just use it for gaming, and i think its a little overpriced.

    8 of 19 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    cleans up GREAT!

    Lately, I've had increasing trouble with the track ball on my (original) three-year old mouse. After reading suggestions here, I cleaned it first with a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser, then with rubbing alcohol on a clean cloth. Afterwards, I rolled it around on a clean sheet of paper. Voila! It works like new! No need to spend $50 on a new device; this one is back to like-new condition!

    5 of 7 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Very good mouse, if you keep it clean

    The track ball is prone to pet hair and gummy hands. Take a clean sheet of paper, roll the mouse upside down back and forth on the track ball, to clean it. Do this on a daily basis and the mouse will last a half dozen years with good results. My mouse of choice.

    18 of 20 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    A Mr. Clean Magic Eraser...

    ...works best to clean the scroll ball. Using scissors, cut off a small piece of the Magic Eraser (because you don't need to waste an entire one). Dampen it, lay it on a flat sturdy surface and then turn the Apple Mouse upside down and roll the scroll ball along the Magic Eraser horizontally and then vertically. Then use a paper towel or a lint free cloth to dry it. I did this with the wireless version and it worked great. I gave it four stars because it's a really good mouse, wired or wireless. It would have been five stars if the scroll ball had been a touch sensor instead. Then, like optical mice, they wouldn't need to be cleaned on a regular basis.

    21 of 22 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    After 4 years... Great! (And it works with Linux)

    Works as advertised- great with my iMac. The assignable side buttons are a real timesaver if you set them as "Show all Windows"
    Also works very well on my IBM laptops running Ubuntu Linux.
    Wish the cable was a few inches longer, as all of the USB ports on my laptop are on the left side or back. I can use the Apple Mouse left handed just as well as right handed though.

    The only issues I've had is after 4 years of (constant) use are the cable wearing at the USB plug, and the scroll ball becomming so gummed up that I could only scroll up and left. After dissasembly and cleaning (not easy, BTW) scrolling works just fine again.

    I wish that Apple would make a BlueTooth version of this mouse, rather than just the BT magic mouse...

    2 of 3 people found this useful