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-size images, maneuver around large spreadsheets, control a video timeline and more. And you can even click the Scroll Ball to access your favorite 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 how 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 customizable features.
If you have Mac OS X, the Apple Mouse can give you fingertip access to the special features 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 even can 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. Why?
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
4548 of 5619 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 The scroll ball is highly susceptible to malfunction. Any oils or moisture on your scrolling finger will be pulled in and will stop 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
2904 of 3718 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 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
2849 of 3823 people found this useful
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 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. …
- Written by Frank F from Fairview
Don't waste your money
This has got to be the worse mouse on the market. EVER. It's expensive but unreliable. I bought it because the magic mouse does no This has got to be the worse mouse on the market. EVER. It's expensive but unreliable. I bought it because the magic mouse does not track well on the Thunderbolt display. If you run a Mac laptop with a thunderbolt display, the magic mouse is so sluggish on screen that I ended up throwing it out of the windows (best $80 fit I ever threw). Bought this ugly expensive formless piece of plastic instead and regretted it ever since. Unresponsive, likely to stop working properly at any time (especially the scroll button AND even the one-click button). I just spent an hour writing a text in Word and the mouse won't let me drop the cursor anywere. The window is open and I'm about to chuck it out so that it can go keep company to its magic mouse brother in the ditch in front of my house. Getting mighty tired of the ccrap Apple is putting out there. Are we paying more just for what the stuff looks like? Because there's Windows hardware out there that looks good too, is less expensive and lasts longer and is more reliable.
Wish I could give 0 star, but the minimum is 1. …
- Written by Jules-Pierre M from Notre-Dame-de-l'Ile-Perrot
This is a terrible product and Apple should withdraw it.
Today I'll be visiting my local E-Waste recycling center, and amongst the obsolete power supplies, spare cables and other oddities Today I'll be visiting my local E-Waste recycling center, and amongst the obsolete power supplies, spare cables and other oddities, there are two broken Apple Mice. A hundred bucks'-worth of mice. Both have the same problem that EVERY SINGLE USER eventually experiences, which is the Stupid Scroll Ball Thing doesn't work any more.
I replaced my last Apple Mouse with the Wireless, Stupid-Scroll-Ball-Thing-less Apple Magic Mouse. The Magic Mouse is, unequivocally, the single best electronic item I've ever bought. It's beyond brilliant. It should be the ONLY Mouse that Apple sells. …
- Written by Neil B from Brooklyn
Questions & Answers
Answers from the community
How do you right click on this mouse?
- Asked by David S
- Oct 18, 2009
First go to system preferences and click on mouse. With the options to choose how to use the differ First go to system preferences and click on mouse. With the options to choose how to use the different 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 23, 2009
Can I used any type of mouse with a MacPro? what I mean is any brand
- Asked by Yasmary G
- Feb 18, 2010
Yes, any kind of USB or wireless mouse can be used with a Mac Pro any any Mac for that matter.
- Answered by Bharat I from Newcastle
- Nov 29, 2010
Can I use a wireless mouse with my Macbook?
- Asked by Gloria W
- Sep 30, 2009
Yes; your MacBook will have Bluetooth, which is the way the mouse communicates with the computer.
- Answered by Michael S
- Oct 2, 2009
does this mouse work with usb 3.0 on macbook air
- Asked by Jeff B from Cedar Rapids
- Jul 21, 2013
Yes, it does. USB 3.0 is perfectly compatible to USB 2.0 , so any USB 2.0 device works on USB 3.0.
- Answered by Mandi B
- May 1, 2014
can imac mouse use on macbook air?
- Asked by Chuong N from Lawrenceville
- Dec 6, 2013
Yes it will because it uses bluetooth to connect to your mac.
- Answered by James S
- Jan 8, 2014
How do you clean the scroll ball?
- Asked by James H from Newbury Park
- Jun 13, 2012
Joe from Vegas's answer worked great ! Even better if you add the use of a an alcohol prep pad. Unp Joe from Vegas's answer worked great ! Even better if you add the use of a an alcohol prep pad. Unplug the mouse from the computer, turn the mouse upside down and rub it on the alcohol prep pad and then lightly rub the scroll ball on the blank piece of printer paper. The alcohol loosens everything up and the paper acts like a giant blotter. The dirt and grime comes out, as long as it's not stuck in there too badly. …
- Answered by Vaso M from Los Angeles
- Oct 27, 2012