• 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Poorly designed scroll ball jams; Poor surface contact (too much friction)

    • Written by from FOUNTAIN HILLS

    I used this product for about 3 years.

    Verdict: Avoid this mouse. Apple executives failed to properly test this product before releasing it to the public. It's a maintenance nightmare, and does not scroll smoothly.

    This mouse has serious issues with design quality:

    1) Mighty Mouse's most tragic flaw: the infamous scroll ball

    Oh man, Apple quality testers sure did fail to properly test this! This product's scroll wheel clogs so routinely (even in the cleanest of environments, such as mine), the entire mouse is effectively useless. In fact, my own Mighty Mouse, which was $49, sits on my shelf, cord coiled. Forever! All because of the terrible design of this scroll wheel.

    2) Mighty Mouse friction pad is poorly designed

    The Mighty Mouse's friction pad is made of inferior soft plastic which scratches and erodes too easily. Result: too much friction with surface; increasing friction over time. In short, this mouse does not glide smoothly! (ooooooh, this is *such* a pet peeve of mine)

    My advise, avoid this product (gosh, how ironic that a mouse equipped with a laser would end up failing because of jamming/dirty rolling-ball componentry?).

    15 of 19 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    mice ball died

    • Written by from Rowland Heights

    the third apple mic I have to threw away since 2008 due to the ball won't react to scroll down, sad...

    12 of 13 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Cure for malfunctioning scroll-wheel

    • Written by from London

    I, like all the users here, had the same problem: a scroll-wheel which scrolled down, not up, after about a year of use. I was about to toss the mighty mouse out as everyone here has suggested when I thought of the can of Air Duster (Kenair) I use for cleaning optical equipment. A blast all around the track ball (hold in the little ball and blast all around it) had the thing fixed in about 5 seconds. Cured! For the cost of a can of air it's worth it, the mouse is back to full working order.

    12 of 13 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from Grinnell

    In my opinion, this is Apple's worst product. It's a decent mouse, but I would much rather use something else. The main problem is the roller ball, as it can get stuck which requires cleaning and regular maintenance. When it comes to a mouse, I think it should just work without having to clean it once a week. Also, the side buttons are pretty awkward to use. It just needs a complete redesign.

    11 of 11 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Happy Life, Tragic Loss

    • Written by from O FALLON

    Great mouse. Had it for a year. No problems. And then one unfortunate and tragic day, the roller died. I haven't been the same since. I feel that i've just lost some of my aesthetic quality.

    14 of 17 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Avoid If Possible

    • Written by from Nanaimo

    As much as I hate to say it, this is one of few products Apple actually got wrong. I hate this mouse. Not that there's anything wrong with it in daily operation... it seems pretty comfortable and useful, but the scroll dial stops working. And I've had three of 'em, purchased with various Macs and one retail one as a replacement. I keep my hands clean as a surgeon's, and it still manages to get stopped up with junk. I've cleaned out this last one a few times with a toothpick, which restores it's functionality for a few days, but then it just stops working again. On average they last three to nine months.

    I'm replacing this one with a Logitech. My last one of those lasted me FIVE years. Sorry Apple, but get your act together and we'll talk.

    13 of 15 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from Mountain View

    I like the 3 buttons and scroll wheel design a lot. But the scroll wheel stopped working (just in the up direction) after a couple weeks. I bought a second and it failed in the same way. I'm buying a third, but I can't recommend this product until they change the scroll wheel design.

    14 of 17 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    mighty mouse is not mighty at all

    • Written by from Banting

    After use for 40 fay the scrolling is only one direction. Maintenance is frustration. A normal mouse can have almost free mind maintenance for one year. Why can't this mighty mouse return some reasonable value.

    14 of 17 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Works fine for a while

    • Written by from Potomac

    Similar to others, after about 12-14 months of ownership and use, the scroll ball has failed on mine. Mind you, only in one direction. Still scrolls up, or side to side, but downward scrolling is non existent. It's a shame that this has occurred. Fortunately, I have a mighty mouse wireless as well, but I can only assume it's a matter of time until that scroll ball fails as well.

    Great purchase for mild use, but if you use your mouse heavily (as I do), I'd recommend an alternate product, and this coming from an Apple faithful.

    11 of 11 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    The $50-a-year Mighty Mouse Racket

    • Written by from Rochester

    My THIRD Mighty Mouse has just broken on me. Same problem as always: scroll ball just stops working, about 12-14 months after purchase. Never again, Apple. Never again.

    13 of 15 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    The worst mouse ever.

    • Written by from Los Angeles

    This mouse gets a 1 star rating for one simple reason. IT'S COMPLETELY UNRELIABLE. I would have assumed bad luck was the cause of my scroll button problems, but I work in an entire department of macs. Within months, every, and I mean every mouse had to be replaced. Adding insult to injury, the mouse has a horrible shape, and the side buttons have virually zero tactile response.

    I love Apple but they have a long history of making horrible mice. Try Logitech (our favorite) or Microsoft.

    14 of 17 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Good for the first week.

    • Written by from Rockwood

    I use one for work and after a week the scroll ball jammed, and the tracking is faulty. It also squeaks when you click it. Kind of like a real mouse.. iRonic.

    13 of 15 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Un-Mighty Mighty Mouse

    • Written by from New York

    Would love to continue using the mighty mouse. Unfortunately the name is misleading. It shows a serious lack of might if used for more than the occasional browsing. The scroll wheel on my first MM quit after nine months, the second mouse broke after six, the third again after six months. There's no way to open it and clean it. So it has to be replaced with a new one. I use the mouse about three to four hours a day.

    Avoid the un-mighty Mighty Mouse if you need a reliable input tool. I guess it's ok to buy if you're an occasional user in search of a fancy desk-top object.

    24 of 37 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works great...

    • Written by from SAN DIEGO

    I have had this mouse for 3 years now and it still works great. The scroll ball just need to be occasionally cleaned which is easily done by turning the mouse upside down and rolling it on a piece of paper. Go to you tube if you want a video. People want to complain about the scroll ball not working but, mine works just as good as day one.

    34 of 57 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Good design/Bad implementation: scroll ball fails after a few months

    • Written by from Los Altos

    I bought my Mac Pro Jan 29, by May 21 the scroll ball had died. I don't even use the computer that much: I'm a full time Dad.

    Good: Short USB cable is great, looks nice, the scroll ball is small but surprisingly functional. Pressure-sensitive side buttons are annoying at first, but could be useful for a power user. The problem is, a power user would break the Mighty Mouse in 1 month, instead of 5 months.

    Bad: Too small for my large (size 11) hands, not ergonomic shaped, "Hidden" left/right buttons don't provide any affordances as to where to press. My 5 year old, $20 Logitech mouse replaced this mouse, and it is more ergonomic, provides better scroll wheel feedback (although somewhat noisy) but it doesn't look as nice. And the too long USB cable is annoying.

    Apple elected to make something "really cool looking", instead of something that works. I hope they can make a reliable version of this some time in the future.

    TIP: ALWAYS ALWAYS wash and dry your hands each and every time you use this mouse. Don't even sweat. Keep your hands absolutely clean. Only then do you have any chance. And NO FOOD OR DRINK around this mouse.

    33 of 55 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from Springfield

    I have three. All the scroll wheels won't scroll down.

    22 of 33 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Same scroll ball problem and awkward design

    • Written by from North York

    So as many of the reviews indicate, I too have been suffering from the scroll ball problem periodically. It's stopped working twice already. I am going to invest in a non-Apple mouse while awaiting a more financially rational, better design. The scroll ball is weird. The whole design is awkward. And I've had the left button start to function as the right all of a sudden, only restarting fixed it. Very disappointing.

    22 of 33 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Please, please....redesign this mouse

    • Written by from LAKE ARROWHEAD

    I have had two MM's so far, same problem, the trackball fills up with gunge and stops working. I have to admit my hands are naturally a bit damp, but this must apply to a large % of the population. Hence, the trackball picks up skin detritus quickly and the trackball stops working.

    I have dismantled both mice to get them working again, but, not a totally satisfactory solution.

    Best solution is to redesign the trackball.

    My humble suggestion is to use an optical trackball solution. No mechanical interaction, so dirt etc cannot interfere and also possibly, more accurate.

    So please, Apple, update the Mighty Mouse and you will have a winner!!!

    19 of 27 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Using it on a PC

    • Written by

    Great design
    Compatibility with Windows XP/Vista
    Scroll Ball

    Short cable
    Not able to program side buttons in Windows

    This mouse is a really nice upgrade from a Microsoft mouse that was so 2002. I bought it with the (sort of) matching aluminum keyboard. As with most Apple products, I was able to use this within three minutes of opening the nicely designed box. The mouse is so durable that it withstanded about three weeks of frustration and being slammed on the desk so hard due to common problems in Windows XP. This is such a great mouse and I look foward to using it in everyday life.

    23 of 35 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    wired mouse cable

    • Written by from Dunkirk

    Just what am I supposed to do with the itty bitty USB cable? If I plug it into my G5 I can't reach the desktop...Who was the ergonometric wizard who designed this miserable piece of junk with such a short cable? You could at least put an extension cable option on the page.

    21 of 31 people found this useful