• 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Scroll ball and the click buttons - pathetic

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    Right click never works on a single click. The buttons are placed at the bottom of the mouse which could be the reason for the pathetic performance of the mouse. Scroll ball stopped working after 5 months.
    So waste of money; $50??

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Scroll ball fails quickly

    • Written by from Milford

    As many others have reviewed, the scroll ball fails far too quickly. What you're left with is an ok mouse...and a wish that you'd purchased a better-engineered mouse.

    1 of 2 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Good at first . . . until . . .

    • Written by from Memphis

    Alcohol does help some when cleaning the mouse button.

    My main complaint is that I use this with an Apple MacBook and it has to run behind or under the iLap to be usable. The cord is simply TOO SHORT !! Where the cord meets up with the mouse itself it is breaking and also where the cord meets up with the usb plug it is doing the same. Reason why? The cord is about 5-6 inches too short. This should be corrected with future designs for the Apple Mouse. Has anyone else not discovered this problem? It is huge. I would rather deal with an irritating mouse button than to have my mouse wire coming apart because of the bend just to get it to be usable due to the shortness of the cord.

    3 of 6 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Dead Mouse

    • Written by from Hamilton

    I've had this mouse since I purchased my iMac over three years ago and within a year of using it the mouse ball started behaving erratically. Sometimes the down vertical function would not work then the up vertical function would stop working. I tried various techniques to get the ball to start working again but no sooner would it start behaving normally then it would stop working again. Initially the time frame between these incidents was months, but now it happens every other day. I'm at the end of my rope with this little pain in the #@!* and I'm shopping around for another mouse. It's a shame Apple couldn't get this right. All the other functions on it work flawlessly and are enormously helpful, but that darn ball problem is what ruins an otherwise great product.

    3 of 6 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Great Mouse, Though Wish it Could Be Opened Easily

    • Written by from Fremont

    This Apple Mighty Mouse is great! I really love it it! The only problem is... you guessed it. The scroll ball. When it gets dirty, you have to clean it. When it dies, well just crack open the mouse and clean it. The thing is this mouse would be better to a lot of people if Apple had designed it so that you could open it and EASILY (you have to remove four or five really tiny screws) remove the scroll ball device. Then you could take it apart, clean it, and then put it back in. Easy! Apple shouldn't worry too much about aesthetics; we want good quality products. And also the cord for the mouse is a bit too short A lot of times when I pull it close to me, it moves the keyboard and knocks something over. It's also pretty stiff; a lot of cords are usually flexible. Yeah. That's about it.

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Started great, but ended badly

    • Written by from Weaverville

    My "Apple"/Mighty mouse came with my iMac and I thought it was the greatest thing since sliced bread and did not know why others put it down so much. A year and a half later I know why it is so put down. The scroll ball kept clogging up and I did the usual bit of turning it upside down and rolling it on a clean cloth to get the dirt out, but apparently something finally wore down and the ball no longer works. I can not even click it for use as a third button.

    It started out as the greatest mouse I had ever used and ended up just as another 3 button mouse. It will be delegated to my old iMac when the magic mouse shows up. I pray it will not have any defects in it. The hope is since it does not have a physical scroll ball it will last much longer.

    2 stares for the year and half and for Apple giving it a good try.

    6 of 12 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    ok, but I dont like it

    • Written by from Andover

    Why did they have to put that strange scrool ball on top? I prefer the regular two button mouse to this and I feel that the two sided pad on top is a little strange. Moving the mouse is a little sticky and it just is not a pleasurable computing experience.

    3 of 6 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    New Mighty Mouse

    • Written by from Phoenixville

    Works great with my wife's new apple computer but asks too many questions with my old 2000 Imac 10.2 my regular apple non mighty mouse died after 9 years

    1 of 2 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    good concept but...

    • Written by from BEAVER DAM

    this mouse good for those of you that only use the left click function on your mac, but if your like me and don't like to reach for the keyboard you will set it up for left and right click... the problem i found was that only half of the time you clicked the mouse would click the right button. on top of that the trackball got cloged full of dirt and there is no way i know of how to clean it. in my opinion getting a cheap 10-20 dollar mouse is a better investment. it is a good probuct... but just not the one i'm looking for.

    7 of 14 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Scrolling issues

    • Written by from Grafton

    I like this mouse when the scroll ball works. It worked well for the first year, then I needed to clean it monthly when the scrolling failed with rubbing alcohol, year two I started cleaned it weekly when it failed to scroll and now cleaning does not work, it will not scroll down.

    12 of 24 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Could be Better...

    • Written by from White Lake

    When I opened the iMac and started to use the mouse, it was perfect. In fact, it was the best mouse I had ever used. Now, about a month later, the scroll wheel barely works. Sure, it works fine from time to time, but I'd like it to work all the time. Nice try Apple, but maybe a mouse redesign is in order instead of an iPod redesign.

    13 of 26 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Again with the track-ball

    • Written by from Winnipeg

    A MAJOR design flaw is the way the right/left click is done. To right click, you have to take your finger off the left side of the mouse! Absolutely ridiculous! Hey Apple. Instead of being all "high-tech" with the touch sensitivity on the shell, why didn't you put those detectors inside and build the mouse with a /slight/ rocking action? That way we won't have to go out of our way to right click.

    Also, like many have posted already, my favourite feature is also an Achilles heal; the track-ball. It get gummed up really quick (read: a couple months) then no more track-ball.

    It's a nice mouse. But, until the above flaws are fixed, I won't be buying another.

    4 of 8 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Not worth it

    • Written by from Lilburn

    Good grief, this design is still around?

    I've had to crack one of these apart to clean the trackball and had to use superglue to put it back together. Two years later I'm going to need to crack it apart again. It's a cool idea and feels good to use. It a nice looking mouse, but it can't be cleaned!

    I can't recommend this product. The fact it cannot be cleaned really is a fatal flaw.

    0 of 1 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Need longer cord

    • Written by from Chester Springs

    Why can't apple make the cord longer a bit? For the price we are paying for it, it won't hurt. Besides the USB ports on the MacBooks are on the left side, and for a right hander, the mouse cord length is really tight.

    All other features are good on the mouse though, rating it low because of the cord length, which is a bit annoying. Same goes with the iPhone/iPad charging USB cables, they could be a foot or two longer!

    0 of 1 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Wire problems

    • Written by from Bethlehem

    We have not had issues with the trackball, but Apple has replaced this model twice now for us b/c of issues with where the wire connects into the mouse.
    Both times, the wire has cracked and frayed leading the mouse to not work properly.
    The one thing I can say is they have replaced it both times with no issues.
    Their customer service is excellent - this mouse however, is not.

    2 of 5 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Left or Right?

    • Written by from Saint Joseph

    Unless my fingers are falling off of the sides with each click of this mouse it can't tell a left click from a right. Annoying when you mean to left click and the context menu pops up, then you try to left click somewhere to get rid of it, and it pops up again where you tried to click to get rid of it. Never had a more frustrating mouse..even the old ball mice weren't as annoying. I have the issue at work at at every workstation I go to at school. The 360 ball is cool, but this one isn't for me.

    3 of 7 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Extraordinary pros & cons

    • Written by from Montreal


    + I am addicted to its scroll ball, and
    + it looks and feels great (glossy, light).


    - But it sometimes right-click when I left-clicked, or the reverse, and it's getting worse over time;
    - Also, I sometimes need to clean the scroll ball, and
    - we cannot simultaneously click both left and right buttons, and
    - right clicks are not 100% accurate, and
    - right clicks cannot be done fast enough for action games, and
    - the optical sensor makes the mouse cursor sometimes jump, while my non-Apple mouse never fails on the same surface.

    9 of 19 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Ball breaks really fast!!

    • Written by from Rochester

    Nice piece of technology, except for the fact that the scrolling ball does not last much. Only 6 weeks for me! Worse is the fact that Mac built it in such a way that you can not clean the scrolling ball's sensors located inside. If you open the mouse, you will never be able to close it again in a simple way, as you can do with any other mouse. So, it seems that it is meant to break so you buy another one, and another one, and so on........

    13 of 27 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from Hackettstown

    When i first got the mouse with my Mac Mini, I loved it. I use the side buttons to open dashboard and check my email. But after a few months of use, the scroll ball turned an ugly brown color and slowed down, then stopped working altogether. I have replaced it two times under warranty, and all of them have broken. Now it is too late to replace it free, and I don't want to use one of my conventional mice from an older pc because I like the functionality of the side buttons. Hopefully Apple will fix its problems with the mouse and allow access to the scroll ball so it can be cleaned.

    4 of 9 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Form over function.

    • Written by from Los Angeles

    As many others have said, it's a pretty little animal, but in the end functionally crippled.

    I've never had problems with the scroll ball getting clogged... I've switched to another interface device out of irritation too soon to have that issue. The right button triggers accidentally probably 10% of the time, the side buttons are too easy to accidentally trigger, and the mouse skips as much as a first-gen led mouse.

    Each of these problems on their own are enough to make me buy another mouse. Chalk it up to another in a line of aesthetic decisions Apple's made at the expense of usability. Note to Apple: good design enhances usability as well as being beautiful, not one or the other. I commonly recommend that new Mac users switch to another device (Wacom tablets are better on the wrists anyway).

    A last point: the cord is too short, but that is only a minor issue since it's meant to plug into the adjacent mac keyboard.

    2 of 6 people found this useful