• 1.0 out of 5 stars

    A great potential - but a failure

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    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.

    4466 of 5520 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Don't waist your money

    • Written by from Merrill

    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.

    2796 of 3760 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    3 and Out

    • Written by from Altoona

    Well, the 3rd time is not a charm. I refuse to call Apple Support to go through meaningless options (restarts, trying to scroll, purchasing a lint free cloth for $5, etc.) to try and get the track ball to work. As always it doesn't scroll down just like the last 2 so I went to Best Buy and bought a Logitech Wireless VX Revolution for $25 after rebate. It was well worth the purchase and to avoid the hassle of having Apple go through other things where they know good and well the mouse is defective.

    And for the people that rate it 5 stars? They must be smoking something. The person that says it doesn't work because they don't use it properly, and must not keep care of things? Well I don't live in a pig sty, I'm a clean person and the bottom line is I refuse to wear surgical gloves to run a mouse. My Microsoft mouse at work has been used and abused for 3 years and still works great. The not so Mighty Mouse wouldn't have lasted a month in a work environment. One thing positive? Apple lets users rate their products whereas other companies may not thus hiding negative comments. The next step is for Apple to do something about it.

    137 of 193 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Scroll Wheel Fails

    • Written by from Tampa

    After just a few weeks the scroll wheel stopped scrolling up or down. I wasn't too worried though, because I discovered that if you clean it, it will start scrolling again. But now cleaning it no longer seems to work. I've tried all kinds of tips and tricks I read on the support message boards, but I absolutely cannot get it to scroll anymore.
    P.S. This is a common problem. My mother has an iMac too and she's had the same problem with her Apple mouse.

    63 of 69 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Useless

    • Written by from London

    Wont work on a standard surface (apple magic mouse and other mouses do), cord is ridiculously short and its pricey. Bad combination.

    42 of 45 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Hate the scroll ball!

    • Written by from East Lansing

    Have now had three of these silly things in 18 months (the extended warranty covers them), because the scroll ball continually stops working. Tech support will tell you to 'clean' the mouse by wiping the scroll ball with a damp lint-free cloth and that worked for a while, but each time, the scroll ball eventually stops working. (They will also tell you that they 'hardly ever' have to exchange these things due to malfunction.....and never receive complaints about them). Found out today that Apple has charged me $49.74 to ship a 'covered by service plan' mouse out to me! There is no way I would have paid for another one of these ridiculous things. I would have gone in to the Apple store and exchanged it for something else. Needless to say, there is nothing mighty about Mac at the moment.

    120 of 202 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    I hope Apple replaces this product soon

    • Written by from Houston

    I really want to like this mouse, I went out of my way to purchase an Apple mouse for $50 and for a few months it was great. I use it at work and am a Graphic Designer so ease of use was very important to me. Right away I was annoyed by the lack of right-click but got used to it. Also, the "touch sensitive top" isn't. Then one day the ball became gummed up and no amount of "rub it on your shirt" or "use and alcohol pad" was doing the trick so I too it apart (not without scratching up the mouse first) and after fiddling with the micro-sized parts managed to clean it and get it working again, for a few months. Now, 8 months after buying it I am ready to toss it into the trash. Out of the blue, my left scroll is not working and I am going back to my 6 year old Logitech which I never should have put away in the first place and still works as good as the day I bought it.

    I love you Apple, but you need to face the fact that a persons first point of contact with a computer is the mouse and if it does not work, you ruin the experience of the whole machine.

    60 of 83 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Apple tries too hard sometimes

    • Written by from Maple Grove

    We use a lot of Macs for our business and there are three things that just irritate me and everyone else.

    1) The dang scroll ball gets too dirty and using it turns my joy into frustration.

    2) The pair of buttons on the side are useless for the user who does any sort of drag-and-drop (grabbing the mouse for a drag-and-drop operation improperly invokes the button squeeze). I always turn this off in System Preferences.

    3) The left-click / right-click "areas" on top are just not intuitive. Even after I turn the right-click option ON out of the box, people just don't know where to click for a right-click. Apple, face it... we live in a right-click world and we don't need a 'Mighty Mouse' - we just need a mouse that works like people expect.

    61 of 86 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    It's great - for a month

    • Written by from Dexter

    I own two of these things, one at work and one at home. Both of have exactly the same problems.

    First, reliability is bad. Wwithin a month they start loading up with dirt and you have to clean them regularly. By the year mark, both had lost one direction on the ball - one won't scroll left, the other won't scroll up.

    Second, the error rate for right click vs left click is too high. If you don't have your fingers fairly precisely positioned, you'll get left when you want right or vice-versa. The design of the mouse does nothing to ameliorate this, as the front is a smooth fixed-radius curve.

    Frankly, I'm giving up on these and going back to a real two-button mouse, with a real scroll wheel, with real ergonomics. Apple should be ashamed of making a poorly designed failure-prone product. That they charge a premium price for it is just adding injury to insult.

    40 of 46 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Loved it -- for 15 minutes. Now it gathers dust.

    • Written by from Port Ludlow

    It's sleek, with horizontal scroll, and five buttons. But two fatal flaws made me trade it in for my old Logitech.

    1. The Right Click doesn't work unless you lift up your other fingers. After a while, this gets very uncomfortable. As a former classical pianist, I have excellent posture and hand position, so can be on my computer for 14 hours a day without any strain. This is the first mouse in 20 years to give me a sore wrist.
    2. The scroll ball is unreliable. It would sometimes quit working in a single direction, while the other three directions would be fine.

    56 of 78 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Love apple, HATE this stupid mouse!

    • Written by from Indianola

    I can't believe Apple designed this mouse.

    Every Apple product I own is AMAZINGLY well designed - even down to the lowly Apple remote.

    But, this mouse is TERRIBLE. The right click never works properly, and the scroll wheel... oh the scroll wheel... I have nightmares about it.

    The reason we switched to laser mice is because wheel mice kept clogging up. So who in the F thought it would be a good idea to essentially use an upside-down wheel mouse instead of a scroll wheel?

    After a couple of months and a few cleaning attempts I bought a white Microsoft Arc Mouse for $38 and it works beautifully with Snow Leopard. The only functionality that I lost was the (useless) horizontal scroll.

    Please apple, redesign the mouse...

    36 of 40 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    It's pretty but you have to buy a new one every 3 months

    • Written by from Curitiba

    I bought my latest mouse only a few months ago and the scroll has already stopped working. I'm on my 4th mouse in less than 2 years. It's handy but has no durability

    34 of 38 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Mouse malfunctions

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    The "Mighty Mouse" is an example of poor design. The base picks up dirt easily and, worse still, the scroll button pulls dirt inside the mouse and stops it working. insertion of thin paper around the ball helps to clear any obstruction temporarily - but once once problems start it is only a matter of time before the mouse seizes up completely.

    This brings us to the worst feature - the mouse is a sealed unit which cannot be taken apart for cleaning. Once it bungs up - there is no remedy.

    Surely, the manufacturers could provide a dirt-proof seal - or provide a means of access for cleaning.

    A poor and unreliable product not worthy of the Apple label.

    33 of 38 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    The Cord issue

    • Written by from brooklyn

    can some folks tell me why the mighty mouse cord is only 18 inches long? My iBook is 12 inches and the USB plugs are at the left side of the laptop, so I'm right handed and the cord is not long enough for doing the job. I got the mouse from eBay (are they fake?). Thanks from Brooklyn

    49 of 70 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Worst Apple Product Ever

    • Written by from Oradell

    The ball gets dirty and works down but not up. The ball gets dirty and works up but not down. Tape, rubbing alcohol, dismantle and clean, more tape. What a joke. Now the clicking lags or barely works. One star for you! Sure looks pretty though.

    35 of 43 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Scrolling Ball stinks!!!!

    • Written by from Brooklyn

    Scrooling Ball gets stuck all the time and now it won't work. The first mouse I got I sent back and Apple replace it. Now the second one is broken as well and Apple won't replace it. Don't waste your money on this. The same is probably true for the wireless as well. This is the only weakness At Apple so far.

    39 of 51 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Poor industrial design - great mouse for an expert, though

    • Written by from Playa Vista

    As an expert user who understood how the mouse works, I immediately loved it. The 2D scroll ball was great. Sure, I had clogging problems, but I had no issue clearing them.

    Then I saw what happened when I put my "easy to use" computer in front of novices. There is absolutely no visual cue that this is a four-button mouse. Inevitably, someone clicks on the ball, calling Dashboard up. Or they get nervous and trigger the squeeze buttons, starting Expose. And there is absolutely nothing that immediately shows the user that tapping the left half is different than tapping the right half.

    Lastly, for gamers, this major is a disaster. I was playing Quake, and right-clicked to zoom the scope in, and couldn't hit the trigger (left click) because the shell was already articulated, and couldn't register a click separate from the other button! This mouse is an odd Apple product, in that form clearly trumped function here.

    40 of 54 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    lovely mouse - awful scroll wheel

    • Written by from Palm Beach Gardens

    I have had my might mouse only a few months and the scroll wheel is the worst I have ever used.

    The wheel mechanism easily gets dirt in it, then scrolling becomes difficult if not impossible. Cleaning it using the 'push-down-hard-and-move-the-mouse-wheel-around' method works for at most a day or two.

    If the mouse wheel was not so awful I would rate this mouse 5 stars. Hard to believe that product testing did not reveal this drawback.

    35 of 44 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    World's worst mouse!!!

    • Written by from Nepean

    I've gone through two of these mice. Neither managed to last two months. The scroll wheel constantly malfunctions despite cleaning it. Very costly for something that doesn't work. Apple can build an amazing computer, yet something as simple and necessary as mouse seems to have them baffled.

    31 of 37 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Smashed Mine Against A Wall

    • Written by from San Luis Obispo

    this mouse is a total piece of garbage. The scroll ball inevitably gets gunked up and is not possible to clean. Unofficially, you can pry the mouse open and clean it, but you void your warranty and stand a good chance of destroying the mouse in the process.

    Way to make me pay $75 for the "magic" mouse after wasting $55 on this one.

    25 of 26 people found this useful