• 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

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Problematic scroll ball

    • Written by from San Diego

    The scroll ball becomes dirty easily and once dirty won't scroll. Cleaning is possible, but time consuming, difficult and unreliable. I spend around 20 minutes every day cleaning the scroll ball and today the ball still won't scroll up.

    Once my new mouse arrives, I'm going to smash this mouse with a bat, drive over it with a car, set it on fire and nuke the remains.

    26 of 27 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Ball Malfunction-Easy Fix

    • Written by from Philadelphia

    Yes. We've had this mouse for a few months only and all of a sudden the trackball wouldn't scroll down. Up and sideways were just fine. Came across one review which recommended the rolling ball VIGOROUSLY for bit. It worked!

    Mouse now works just like new. Probably accumulated some debris but was easy enough to dislodge.

    33 of 41 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

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    How to clean that pesky trackball.

    • Written by from Fort Myer

    As many reviews have stated, the trackball of the wired apple mouse can become unresponsive if left uncleaned for too long. This problem arises from the oil and dead skin cells that collect on the trackball and its box-like enclosure. Unlike what most individuals think the solution to this problem does not require you to crack open the mouse, breaking the seal, instead it requires only a single sheet of paper and a flat surface. First place the scratch paper on the flat surface of your choosing, whether that be a coffee table or kitchen counter, it doesn't matter. Next, turn the mouse over so that the trackball touches the paper. Lastly, apply a moderate amount of pressure and roll the track ball all over the paper. What looks like black grease will accumulate on the surface of this scratch peper and presto-chango! your mouse is full functional again.

    This is a great mouse and it has served me well for a while. This would be a five star product, except for its occasional need to be cleaned, hence the four stars and not five. (It would be better if apple still sold the cordless version as well)

    29 of 34 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Ball sticks but it's easy to clean

    • Written by from West Palm Beach

    Remove the mouse from computer. Turn the mouse upside down and, on a clean sheet of paper, rotate the ball quite vigorously. Less than a minute should do it. That will disperse any buildup of oil or dirt that came from your finger, and the mouse is as good as new. I almost threw mine away. I'm so glad I didn't.

    28 of 32 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Stop complaining about the roller ball and fix it!

    • Written by from Rochester

    Love the mouse. Fortunately I read the "cure" for the "non functioning" roller ball. IT WORKS. Now my mouse it perfect again. So before you trash it, read the entries about fixing it – so simple it's ridiculous I couldn't have thought of it.
    Definitely NOT a reason to not buy the mouse.

    37 of 50 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Sometimes good and sometimes bad.

    • Written by from lexington

    firstly, this mouse has a great design. i love how you can click anywhere on the top of the mouse and i love the the side buttons that you can click to show all your windows. the 360 degree scroll button is a nice design as well.

    but, this mouse also has it's flaws. the scroll sometimes doesn't work. maybe about 50% of the time. i'm not sure why but if you roll the ball, it just doesn't scroll. also, sometimes it just goes wacky and the pointer on the screen moves by itself without the mouse moving. maybe the precision optical sensor on the bottom is over sensitive? but this can be really annoying and it makes it very frustrating.

    i'm thinking of getting the new wireless mouse as soon as possible and hopefully it will be an improvement from this one.

    38 of 52 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Curse You Teeny Tiny Tracking Ball!!!

    • Written by from Round Rock

    Like most of these other reviews, I love Apple. And I even love this mouse. But the tracking ball - oh the tracking ball. Cleaning the exposed surface of the tracking ball is all well and good. The inconsistency of its performance is also affected by the dust and fuzz that gets built up AROUND it. Meaning, INSIDE. So like everyone else here has noted, Apple needs to make this puppy open up. So we can clean out the build up around the tracking ball. And I certainly won't dish out $49 every time my tracking ball gets gunked up. Unfortunately, I'm going to have to look into getting a mouse from a different company. And I'd really rather be putting my money into an Apple mouse.

    27 of 30 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great mouse if you know how to fix it

    • Written by from Saranac Lake

    I started using the mighty mouse when it first came out. As a graphic artist I found the 360 scrolling to become very addictive. I would purchase this mouse again!

    The Good:
    Small, accurate, stellar design, 360 scroll ball

    The Not-So-Good:
    Hard to keep clean, Scroll ball binds up or stops working.

    THE FIX!!!
    If your scroll ball stops working I have the answer. I devised this on my own (so use at your own risk)and it has worked for 2 years flawlessly. Grab yourself a little alcohol pad (the kind in a first aid kit). start with the mouse right side up and place the pad between your finger and the scroll ball and vigorously scroll in all directions. Then turn the mouse over and continue with a new pad or clean part of the previous one. Approx 15 seconds per side and your mouse scroll ball will work great again. I have to do this about 4-5 times a year. Hope this helps.

    24 of 24 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Brand New Scroll Wheel

    • Written by from Harrisburg

    My first mighty mouse that came with my iMac was great until the scroll wheel stopped working due to dirt. Even after trying to clean it it just wasn't the same.

    Now I have a BRAND NEW mighty mouse. Just opened the box this morning. Plugged it in and was excited to use it. It works great EXCEPT the scroll wheel does not scroll UP! This is a brand new mouse so I can't see the issue of dirt around the scroll ball being an issue. I'm highly disappointed with Apple over the design of this mouse.

    26 of 28 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Roller Ball Solution

    • Written by

    We are a couple of grease balls an we use a G5 w/ an Apple wired Mighty Mouse. Our scroll ball started to not scroll properly. We just let it go for a month or so. Got kind of messy so I read through the REVIEWS and found this one:

    "May 22, 2008 ---- 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."

    I turned the mouse over and rolled it around on a white pad and WOW it works. It seems like better than ever.

    36 of 48 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    !!!!Mighty mouse Rocks!!!!

    • Written by from sibiu

    i heard on other reviews that the mighity mouse scroll dont works but its a simple problem. You only have to put your might mouse upsidedown and scroll it for about 30 seconds !and ready!. it dont scroll because it get dust in there. and you only have to clean it scrolling upsidedowm 30 second.

    35 of 46 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Not made for production environments

    • Written by from Minneapolis

    If you're a prepress mac operator, designer or do anything on a Mac for a living do not rely on this mouse. Keep a back up! I'm going to assume that most of us on here fall into this category and that we all need the precision on a wired mouse. I've taken mine apart multiple times and keep canned air in my desk just because I own this mouse. So on top of the $50 add a supply of canned air to that price.

    I'm going to pick up a cheap Logitech LS1 because I know it will be there for me when I need it. Buyer Beware!

    23 of 23 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Take it off the market!

    • Written by from Orrs Island

    Judging by the echoes in these reviews of my own experience with this mouse I think it is time for Apple to admit they have a less-than-acceptable product here and should do a favor for all of us who prefer a wired mouse to the wireless and pull this one off the market and design and build a better mouse (trap, unnecessary).

    24 of 25 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    They Just Don't Last

    • Written by from Tucson

    I absolutely LOVE having a mouse with a scroller ball. The feature is great, BUT, expect it to break in just a few short months. If you're someone like me, who makes a living at their computer, and uses their mouse all day long, expect to be buying a new mouse every 3-4 months. Yes, the scroller ball fails that quickly. Apple makes such wonderful, reliable products. How did they go so wrong on this one?

    26 of 29 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Horrible!

    • Written by from Vineyard Haven

    Sorry folks - but cleaning it doesn't work. Alcohol, WD-40, lint-free cloth, rolling upside down on bond paper... I've tried all the suggestions but the scroll ball is irreversibly non-functional. Another $49 for more of the same frustration isn't worth it to me. Save your money and vote with your dollars for a NON-Mighty (although functional) Mouse from any company OTHER THAN Apple. I can't believe Apple hasn't re-designed and re-issued this product - it's shameful.

    26 of 29 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great Mouse!

    • Written by

    The mouse is totally great. However, clean your hands before using because it can clog up the mouse wheel. 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.
    Vola! As good as new.

    35 of 47 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Scroll Ball is a failure

    • Written by from San Juan

    The mouse is great but the scroll ball is a failure. It gets dirty quite frequently which become totally useless. No scroll = Useless mouse.

    27 of 32 people found this useful