• 4.0 out of 5 stars

    My favourite mouse, despite its major design flaw (cleaning!)

    Having used virtually every mouse that Apple has made since the original "puck" that came with my first iMac 18 years ago, and tried various other models, this wired mouse is still my favourite: I can easily scroll both vertically and horizontally with the scroller-ball (when it works — much more versatile than a wheel), use it as a 3rd/middle button, and have had no difficulty, once I got used to it, in left-clicking and right-clicking. It's comfortable in my hand, glides easily, tracks smoothly and accurately, clicks positively… what more can you want?

    Well, of course, what you also want is a mouse that keeps working, and as everyone knows, this sealed unit is not that. I've had my present Apple Mouse (my 4th I think) about two years, and about a year ago, it stopped scrolling vertically, despite all my attempts to keep it clean. I finally lost patience, and was about to order another when I found myself reading these reviews.

    My experience has been the same as that of most people here, but some claim that different cleaning techniques actually work. None that I've tried until now have worked for long.

    BUT, after trying one method after another over the years, I've found one that to my amazement has breathed life back into my moribund mouse, and it now scrolls again, after a year of getting more and more stuck.

    • Spray a little lighter fuel around the ball, and wait a couple of seconds
    • Invert the mouse and rub the ball over a piece of plain printer-paper, on a plain hard surface
    • Keep at it for at least a minute (it took me almost two minutes)

    My mouse is working again! Now… where was that old mouse that stopped working years ago?