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
4297 of 5320 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
2728 of 3520 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
2673 of 3617 people found this useful
Waste of Money
I bought this mouse less than 6 months ago and it just completely failed. The trackball has always been a little sketchy but the w hole thing just stopped working. I replaced it with my 7 year old logitech mouse and it works great. Apple seems to occasionally forget that form is supposed to follow function. Total waste of money. …
- Written by Joseph D from Denton
3 of 3 people found this useful
wired mouse disaster
Worst designed mouse I've encountered. The trackball sticks and after a while only works in one direction. The trackball design prevents cleaning and the work arounds such as rubbing on white printer paper etc only gives temporary relief. I am back to using my old Dell mouse which while not as ergonomically pleasing does work as required. …
- Written by Kevin K from Cold Lake
4 of 5 people found this useful
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 a ll 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. …
- Written by Earl K from Seattle
5 of 5 people found this useful
Questions & Answers
Answers from the community
- Asked by Mike W
- Mar 23, 2013
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
- Oct 24, 2009
- Asked by Ronald S
- Feb 21, 2013
- Asked by Nancy F from San Antonio
- Dec 5, 2009
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
- Dec 5, 2009
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
- Feb 8, 2013
Can I use this bluetooth mouse and use the iPhone Internet Tethering via Bluetooth at the same time? How many Bluetooth devices can be used at once?
- Asked by Eric W from Markham
- Oct 14, 2009
my imac is capable of handling at least 2 devices at a time (wireless keyboard and ipod touch), and i believe bluetooth itself is able to maintain up to 10 separate connections without much difficulty. hope i answered this in time …
- Answered by Joel L from Lethbridge
- Jan 3, 2010