• 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.

    4469 of 5523 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    scroll ball is unreliable

    • Written by from New York

    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.

    2852 of 3659 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

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Scroll Bar Quick fix

    • Written by from Richmond

    after about 2 months on my mighty mouse the scroll bar stop working, then it would only go up. After researching why it did this i found that the bar collects finger grease. Causing the sensor to not recognize the ball rotating. HERE'S THE FIX: get a piece of printer paper, and place the mouse upside down, with the ball touching the paper. Then rub the mouse ball against the paper in all directions. You should see your black finger grease on the paper. Repeat about every 2 months

    262 of 309 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Rubbing Alcohol Really works!

    • Written by from Edmonton

    All the posts about this mouse is about how the scroll bar doesn't work after a while. I saw a review about using Rubbing Alcohol and a Q-tip to fix it. It Works! Just take a Qtip, dip it in rubbing alcohol and then scroll around on the mouse with it. After all the gunk in out the scroll will work again! thanks so much for the tip!

    187 of 233 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Here's How to Fix the Ball

    • Written by from San Diego

    It's a sleek design. The buttons are totally customizable and work great. The biggest problem is that the little ball invariably collects too much dirt to work. Here's a simple way to clean the ball and get back to scrolling in 360 degrees:

    Put a piece of clean paper on your desk. Flip the mouse over so the ball touches the paper. Press on the bottom of the mouse so the ball pushes into the paper. Now move the mouse back and forth in all directions for about 30 seconds. Flip the mouse over and the ball magically works again. You'll probably see some neat dirt lines on the paper from the ball.

    -Don't grind the mouse casing into the desk, just push the ball.

    -If you don't unplug the mouse first, understand that you'll probably get a few random mouse clicks while your doing this.

    131 of 141 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Tip for cleaning the scroll wheel

    • Written by from philadelphia

    We have ~20 of these wired Mighty Mice in our office that are all about three years old and I have not had to replace a single one yet. Yes, if you have dirty hands or eat greasy food while using the mouse the scroll ball will malfunction. That is just common sense. Luckily I have been able to fix problems with scroll wheel malfunction every time by using an alcohol prep pad. Rolling the pad over the wheel does a really nice job of dissolving any built up grease, oil, and dirt that may have accumulated from use. After a good cleaning the mouse is as good as new. I have tried other methods for cleaning the scroll ball, but it is the alcohol that is key. Remember, a mighty mouse is a high tech input device, treat it like one by taking good care of it and it will last. Cleaning your mouse should be something you do anyways to stay healthy. As my computer science teacher always told me, "Its not the tool its the fool."

    149 of 204 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Good as new!

    • Written by from Sedona

    After having given up on the MM months ago in annoyance and frustration, because I was unable to unclog the track ball, I just happened to read today the ingenious solution mentioned by RL:

    "If your wheel does clog up try this: Put a blank sheet of paper on a hard and smooth surface. Then roll the mouse upside down on it for 60 seconds. Voilà! As good as new."

    This totally worked for me. In other words, the original track ball function can be easily restored WITHOUT taking everything apart or buying a new new mouse. APPLE SHOULD HIGHLIGHT THIS SIMPLE AND ELEGANT SOLUTION TO A ANNOYING PROBLEM IN RED LETTERS, AND READERS SHOULD CONTINUE PASSING IT ON. Give the solution a try and you may be able to enjoy once more the entire range of scrolling functions you might happened to miss. I was overjoyed to have recouped my $50 investment in this useful device.

    The reason for the 4 star review is that the right-click remains temperamental and doesn't always work on the first try. Nevertheless, I'm delighted to be able to use the MM again full time and happy to enjoy its unique features. It's the fastest mouse for internet scrolling and for iTunes. The ability to scroll horizontally and see everything on my iTunes view list is a great convenience and time-saver. --HP

    129 of 173 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

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Fixing a scroll ball problem

    • Written by from Rochester

    I read the reviews, concerning the Apple Might Mouse, after the scroll ball on my mouse, stopped scrolling up, the down scrolling worked fine. I called Apple, concerning the scrolling problem, I was instructed to take a clean piece of paper, turn the mouse upside down, and roll the ball on the paper. I rolled the ball on the paper for about 10 seconds, checked it, scrolled up very little, so, I rolled it on the paper again, for about 30 seconds, and could feel roughness, I kept rolling the ball until the roughness went away. Afterwards, the mouse worked great!

    85 of 99 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    How to clean the scroll wheel

    • Written by from Miami Beach

    I have had on going problems with the scroll wheel only working to scroll downward. I tried cleaning it with numerous products to no avail, until now.

    Use a dry Mr. Clean Magic Eraser. A couple of wipes while pressing down lightly on the ball and VOILA! It works as good as new!

    71 of 73 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

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    There is a fix for the broken scroll ball, don't lose hope!

    • Written by from Altoona

    For those of you complaining about the scroll ball and getting dirt trapped beneath it, don't worry. You can fairly easily open (just be careful not to yank open the mouse, there are two cables connecting the top to the bottom) up the mouse and once it is opened its a piece of cake to get every little bit of dirt off. When you are inside you will see a small plastic square around the ball. Take this off and clean EVERYTHING, this includes removing the small black wheels that surround the ball (make sure not to lose them!). Carefully put everything back together and there you go, a resurrected mighty mouse. This works MUCH better than just cleaning the mouse off because you are getting rid of the grime that is trapped around the ball and below it.

    Hope this helps

    74 of 94 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great advice...

    • Written by from Saratoga Springs

    I've worked with the mighty mouse for sometime, and one of my cohorts taught me a neat trick. Place an ordinary piece of paper on a hard, flat surface. Press the ball against the paper and roll it around. It seems abusive at first, but all of the gross little chunks of dirt and such spew out on the paper. Thus making your mouse mighty once again.

    56 of 63 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    BAD

    • Written by from North Brunswick

    the mouse was GREAT when i first got it but about 3 months later i was having alot of problems with the scroll ball. It sometimes works when it wants to but some times it just goes up and not down and sometimes down and not up...i suggest not getting this one!!!

    147 of 248 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Worst mouse in the world...

    • Written by from denver

    I have only had my iMac for two months and the scroller already doesn't let you scroll down. I can scroll up if it is having a good day. I plan on replacing it, would love to buy another one (nobody else has the cute white mouse), but I am afraid it'll break too!
    I wish they would make a better one!

    85 of 127 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Excellent

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    I have had this mouse for over two years and have had no problems!!!! I wipe it clean each week, so I have not had any issues whatsoever with its trackball not working. Great mouse:)

    102 of 161 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    You can Clean it...

    • Written by from brooklyn

    I know everyone lambasts the ball and I was on your side until I read up on a simple way to clean it out. All you gotta do is turn it over and rub the ball on a piece of paper. You'll likely see some nasty dark streaks appear if you're doing it properly. The equivalent of pencapping the tracking wheels from the pre-laser mice of yore. Now you can eat the greasiest of chips to combat blood sugar issues as you continue to work on with impunity. With this simple maintenance trick, the mouse here in the studio has been working flawlessly for years.

    44 of 48 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Easy to Restore Scroll Function

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    As mentioned in other reviews the scroll ball does have a tendency to gum up and fail. After running into the same problem, I simply sprayed some cleaning solution on a paper towel and rubbed the scroll ball around. It immediately restored the full function to it. On the whole a great product with a flaw that's easy to correct.

    63 of 86 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