• 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Wired roller ball mouse

    • Written by from Desborough

    Disappointed with the reliability and quality for the price paid. I have had two of these mice now and both had their roller ball fail within six months of purchase, i would have expected something more robust from Apple.

    8 of 10 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Nice mouse but – two big buts

    • Written by from Preston

    Generally a nice mouse to use but just when you're getting used to the luxury of the scroll-ball after years with classic Apple single-button mice, that's when it starts clogging and you're back to square 1.
    Also agree with those who've said the cable is too short.

    11 of 13 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    See also my keyboard review

    • Written by from Highcliffe

    Nice mouse, but cable FAR too short. When plugged into the keyboard the wire curls and sits near to where the cable goes into the mouse. Result is that the body of the mouse is lifted off the surface so it doesn't work. Of course, you don't spend any time looking at the mouse, it's done by feel and looking at the screen, so it always comes as a bit of a surprise! Had the equipment for a few months now, and it's getting worse: two or three times an hour. Otherwise delighted with my iMac.

    7 of 9 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Not a good mouse

    • Written by from Brighton

    Great when you get it, or at least you feel it ought to be given how much you've probably just paid.

    Spend £8 on a Logitech wireless mouse and you'll get something MUCH better than this.

    The Apple mouse doesn't work. It gums up after a month or so, after a few months the rollerball stops working no matter what you do. And its hard to take apart without breaking it.

    Very poor design. And I say this as a Mac enthusiast. Its pants, don't buy it.

    16 of 18 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Excellent until it breaks

    • Written by from LONDON

    We have some 10 of these mice in my company, 2 work fine after some 1-2 years, the others have totally given up or the scroll ball is so flimsy that it stops working (usually in one direction first, then the other). Even when under AppleCare Apple won't do anything about it apart from fixing them, and then they fail again. I am very disappointed and will not be buying them again!

    27 of 34 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Hate the scroll

    • Written by from København

    I looove my iMac and iPod, but this mouse is bad. After a few months I could only scroll up, and got a new one. The same happened again shortly after. I have cleaned it as adviced, but if it helps, it's only for a few hours. Sometimes it gets worse.
    I don't want to spend money on the new Magic Mouse, cuz I already feel a bit annoyed that it came with the iMac shortly after I bought mine. Just a bit bitter. :-)

    15 of 21 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Wired mouse

    • Written by from Harlow

    This mouse worked well when new but after just a couple of months the scroll button stopped working! After contacting Apple, they said that it probably needed to be cleaned which we did, not easily I might add. The mouse worked again for a while although very temperamental - now it's given up all together which is very annoying when trying to scroll!
    A very expensive accessory if they only last a matter of months!!!

    8 of 11 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Great until it stops working

    • Written by from Edinburgh

    This is a lovely mouse that works perfectly with my iMac. Unfortunately the scroll wheel clogs and needs to be constantly cleaned out. It can be fixed but only for a short time.

    7 of 9 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    nice enough, but

    • Written by from London

    as with other reviewers, the wheel has given up and needs cleaning after less than three months light use.
    (Yes, the turning upside down & running around on a sheet of paper has helped)
    The USB cable is far too short.

    6 of 8 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Cable far too short

    • Written by from Northwich

    Got one of these a while back for use with my iBook and MacBook Pro. Both these machines have USB ports on the left. I'm right-handed. The cable just makes it possible to have the mouse to the right of the keyboard at full stretch. My laptops are 12" and 13" respectively - if you had a bigger machine, you'd really struggle.

    Mouse is otherwise fine, but this is a major failing in my view. Given the price, a longer cable really wouldn't hurt!

    7 of 9 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Doesn't Last Long

    • Written by from Bridgend

    I've had my mac for about 5 months and the ball has stopped working. It started off scrolling up when I wanted it to scroll down and then it just died.

    2 of 4 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Scroll still not working

    • Written by from Huntley

    I have had my mac mouse for 2.5 years now, and I have had problems on and off with it for years. The scroll button started being a problem a few months after use, but I cleaned it as recommended in the reviews every time this happened. The scroll button now no longer functions, and the only option is to buy a new one. If this isn't planned obsolescence, I don't know what is.
    Also, I used to do a lot of double clicking for music, files etc. The mouse now has a strange habit of clicking on things even if I'm not putting pressure on it. I move my hand away and it still does the clicking. This can be really annoying, and I'm still not quite sure how it's happening. Maybe dust has become trapped in the mouse or something. Either way, a very bad design.

    9 of 11 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Not comfortable to use

    • Written by from Darlington

    My Mighty Mouse (or Apple Mouse as it now has to be called) hasn't had any problems at all in the couple of years I've had it. However, it's clearly a product of style over ergonomics.

    The mouse looks great and the scroll ball and squeeze sensors all work fine. But it's simply not a comfortable mouse to use. Mine only gets used intermittently as I eventually got sick of its poor, uncomfortable feel and replaced it with a proper ergonomically designed mouse - that is, a mouse that's designed to feel comfortable in my hand, rather than one that's designed to look good sitting on my mouse mat.

    Take my advice, don't buy this mouse, unless you're looking for an ornament.

    10 of 19 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Scroll wheel clogs

    • Written by from Newport

    Overall this is a good mouse but the major design flaw is the scroll wheel. After a few months of use it becomes clogged with dust and debris and eventually ceases to scroll at all. The web is littered with blog posts complaining about the problem. There are guides online for those who want to dismantle the mouse and clean the faulty components, but should this really be necessary for a £30+ product? Consider carefully before making your purchase.

    3 of 6 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    This Mouse is in fact a Turkey

    • Written by from Brent Pelham, Nr. BUNTINGFORD

    This mouse represents the triumph of Form over Substance....The scroll wheel is so small that a tiny bit of fluff renders it inoperative. If you buy this mouse, be prepared to have to clean the tiny 'wheel ball' on a regular basis. Sadly, its a badly thought out real world solution.

    7 of 7 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Nice Design but Flawed

    • Written by from NESTON

    Fits very well with the iMac design. Unfortunately, it does not quite match the quality of the iMac. It collects dirt and dust and the mouse stopped scrolling forward after less than a year. Cleaning proved impossible. For 34 pounds this is not what consumers should expect from Apple.

    5 of 5 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Great mouse if it were not for the scroll ball clogging up!

    • Written by from ISLEWORTH

    The Mighty Mouse would be the greatest mouse in the world if it were not for the scroll ball clogging up after a months use and refusing to scroll down. It is impossible to clean if it has more then a very little bit of dirt in it. This is a very big design flaw and one that will put a lot of people off buying.

    29 of 35 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    OK not mighty

    • Written by from Wantage

    This mouse is more versatile than the original, anything with more than 1 click is, but the scrollwheel needs cleaning inconveniently often, and there is not a good way to do it, dirt is displaced but left in the body of the mouse. It also loses position every few minutes, the pointer shooting off to a random extreme position, wasting time.
    All 3 of these mouses I have owned have these faults, so it is hardware/software not a faulty unit.
    I -do- like it whilst it is working though....

    19 of 24 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Not exactly brilliant

    • Written by from Reading

    Looks like these have a 14 month life... On the plus side the trackball is great for positioning, on the negative side after a month it became unresponsive - you need to then continually clean it after every 10 hours of use and it gets progressively worse. Very frustrating - and unlike a regular mouse it is a sealed unit which means you can't take the ball out and clean it out properly - why do Apple insist on this - they refused to repair my iPod under warranty and I am unable to do it myself without using a can opener to open it and destroy it in the process. Anyhow, since it bust I forced it apart and the trackball is sealed up inside the sealed unit. Designed in California by idiots it seems.

    5 of 6 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Fragile and poorly designed; a real disappointment.

    • Written by from BIRMINGHAM

    The good bits: the design is sleek and it matches well with my MacBook. It feels comfortable in my hand and sideways scrolling can be handy.

    The bad bits: the side buttons are only really practical if you are willing to squeeze and use them both as one button.

    The scroll ball is a real weak point. For web browsing it's fine, but on many applications, especially in Windows and Linux, even more so in games, it is too sensitive and I have been unable to fix this. You touch it a tiny bit and it zooms or scrolls far too much. It can be really hard to get things precisely where you need.

    It also suffers with the dirt issue. Originally mine responded well to the cleaning instructions. However, over time it has degraded and cleaning does not improve it. I now have to press quite hard to scroll up a page, often causing it to press the middle button (and thus do something else). It is now pretty much unusable. I shall be attempting to return it for this reason, having bought it only 9 months ago.

    There is another fault, where it seems to stick when clicking, as if something has shifted out of place, and makes a horrible noise. This comes and goes. I don't know if this is just my mouse or caused by a design weakness similar to the scroll ball.

    If I had paid only £10 for this mouse I would have been annoyed.

    I would recommend this mouse only to people who a) use their computers less than an hour a day and b) do not need to do anything outside of fairly standard OS X applications and c) do not have to carry it in a laptop bag most days (it is clearly not robust enough).

    1 of 1 people found this useful