Innovative Scroll Ball and button
Perfectly positioned to roll smoothly under just one finger, the Apple Mouse's Scroll Ball offers full 360-degree scrolling capability - up/down, left/right and diagonally. You can scroll long web pages, pan full-sized images, manoeuvre around large spreadsheets, control a video timeline and more. And you can even click the Scroll Ball to access your favourite Mac OS X features, such as Dashboard, Spotlight or Exposé.
Touch-sensitive top shell
It looks and feels like a sleek one-button mouse, but the Apple Mouse's smooth top shell hides a powerful secret: touch-sensitive technology under the shell detects which part of the mouse you're clicking, so you can both left click and right click. And if you prefer the simplicity of a classic, one-button mouse, the Apple Mouse is up to the task. Just use the Mac OS X system preference pane to configure it as you want.
Force-sensing side buttons
When you give the Apple Mouse a squeeze, force-sensing side buttons can be configured to activate Mac OS X features, such as Dashboard, Exposé or a whole host of other customisable features.
If you have Mac OS X, the Apple Mouse can give you fingertip access to the special features that you love. Simply use the system preference panel to configure the Apple Mouse in the way that makes you most powerful. Control the Scroll Ball's tracking and click functions, as well as the right, left and side click functions. And you can even set up different mouse profiles for every user account on your Mac.
Powered by a precision optical sensor, the Apple Mouse provides responsive and accurate cursor movement on almost any type of surface - no mouse pad required.
What's in the Box?
- Wired Apple Mouse
- Printed and electronic documentation
- Mac OS X v10.4.8 or later
- Windows XP or Windows 2000
- A Macintosh computer with an available USB 1.1 or 2.0 port
- PC with an available USB 1.1 or 2.0 port
- Works with standard input driver included with Windows XP and 2000. No additional software required
Ratings & Reviews
A great potential - but a failure
The good: When you first play with the mouse, everything is simply great. The scroll ball feels and operates beautifully. The fact you can spin it 360º is a great irreversible feature. The buttonless innovation is also fantastic, although it is arguably a problem for many developers who sometimes require a simultaneous clicking of both left and right buttons, like animators do in Maya (which you cannot do on this mouse), but that is a nuisance that doesn't take away from the overall experience, especially for the common user. I would have given this experience a 5 out of 5 stars (just because there isn't a 4 and half).
The bad: There are two main issues with this product, the first is the button sensors go berserk and spray click sounds as you move the mouse or fingers by hair. Sometimes they do not register any clicks and sometimes they snap a click without you pressing. It's obviously bad. I had two Mighty Mouses, and both had that issue although the second was by far better in that respect.
The worst: The scroll ball ALWAYS gets dirty just too easily. If you use your computer a lot you will get this mouse screwed eventually. If dirt goes in through the cracks, and it will, you can start counting the days to its demise. Once the scroll ball barely operates, the mouse becomes ABSOLUTELY useless. It is actually extremely irritating that I have a 10 year old optical mouse that has the basic three buttons and a scroll WHEEL that work flawlessly to this day, while Apple's pricey product (and I thought for a reason) is defected on every front.
Don't be too fooled by the 5 stars it gets from other folks here. List it by the lowest and newest score and you'll see the bigger picture. I've been in their boat before. Obviously there's a good reason why this product fails to scratch 3 stars. It shouldn't even get that. …
- Written by Tal P
4310 of 5335 people found this useful
scroll ball is unreliable
The scroll ball is highly susceptible to malfunction. Any oils or moisture on your scrolling finger will be pulled in and will sto p it from scrolling. In true Apple fashion, it's sealed so you can't clean it out like you did with your old track-ball mice. This much money for what is essentially a disposable mouse? I advise against it. …
- Written by Damian C from New York
2734 of 3527 people found this useful
Don't waist your money
Had mouse for a little over 6 months when the roller ball stopped scrolling down. Tried troubleshooting tips online, but nothing helped. Luckily it was still under warranty so I was able to get a replacement. Well, that was a month ago and now the new one will not scroll up!! It may not sound like a big deal (at least I can scroll down right?), but when you do a lot of web surfing or are just trying to edit a report, it's a pain. Hubby said toss this one and buy something more reliable---my advice to you is the same. …
- Written by Kimberley M from Merrill
2682 of 3627 people found this useful
worst mouse I have ever owned
I've owned many mice over the years and all worked beyond when I decided to upgrade them. This one, however, stopped scrolling pro perly after a few months. Then the bottom under-body became cracked through regular use and would not stay in place without tape. By the time I decided to return it, my warranty was up. I just expected SO much more from a mac product.
And, not everyone wants to use bluetooth or wifi products all the time. Because I work long hours at my computer, I choose not to be exposed to so many wireless products for long periods of time. Thumbs down to mac for not giving me more options. …
- Written by Michelle F from Johnstown
2 of 2 people found this useful
So I purchased this mouse because I have two PowerPc G3 imacs (one slot one tray). My problem was I needed a mouse for my slot loa ding model because my tray loading was using my puck mouse. I went to best buy and picked it up for $49 and six months later still works. Great product. Good value. …
- Written by Tom C from Lake Orion
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 :-) …
- Written by Matty R from Ramat Beit Shamesh
1 of 2 people found this useful
Questions & Answers
Answers from the community
First go to system preferences and click on mouse. With the options to choose how to use the differ ent sides of the mouse, I made the right side of the mouse the secondary button.
After that setting, to right click you click on the top right hand side of the mouse and it becomes the right click. …
- Answered by Larry E
- Asked by Mike W
- Asked by Edward G from Cambridge
It's dirty and needs a good cleaning. I know because I just finished doing this due to the exact sa me problem. Things you'll need: rubbing alcohol pads, cloth napkin or something similar and a straight pin or similar small, rigid instrument. Roll the ball around on the alcohol pad for a bit to loosen up all the gunk. Turn it upside down and roll it around on the napkin. Look at it a lot to see if there are particulates you can pick off. After you've done these two steps over and over, it still might not work. That's when you jam the straight pin in between the plastic housing and the roller ball. Dig around in there and pull out even more gunk. Repeat the alcohol pad and napkin thing. Just keep doing these things until it works. It took me about 20 minutes of cussing and cringing, but it finally has 360 degrees of scrolling again. …
- Answered by Jilian C from Vancouver
- Asked by Nancy F from San Antonio
The mouse isn't wireless, it's a corded USB mouse. They do make a wireless version, and the newer Ma gic Mouse, which is much different and far more advanced than any other mouse on the market. …
- Answered by Thomas F from Simi Valley
hi Louise, no. i have just bought one and i need a mouse mat or a matt book under it to make it work . …
- Answered by Sarabjit F
- Asked by Ronald S