• 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Utter failure in execution of a great idea.

    • Written by from Brooklyn

    This would be the best mouse I've ever used, but the scroll ball problem everyone mentions is unavoidable and is exasperating. When the mouse works, it is phenomenally efficient. When the scroll ball stops—and it will—you will want to murder someone.

    None of the cleaning solutions work reliably. All are a nuisance. Apple not only guaranteed problems by using a mechanical scroll ball, but they guaranteed a hellish time for anyone trying to fix the problems, by GLUING the assembly shut. Jesus, what were they thinking.

    I tried the Magic mouse, as an alternative and wanted to love it. Unfortunately I find it borderline unuseable. It's great for casual use, web surfiing etc,, but lacks precision for serious work and it frequently flps out when your hand brushes near it by mistake.

    I'm hoping Magic Mouse 2.0 (if such a thing is coming) solves these problems, because all the other solutions on the market are frustrating.

    Come on Apple. Please attend to these not so minor details with your engineering might.

    10 of 10 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    only a single button at a time

    • Written by from Redmond

    The Apple Mouse only has the ability to record a single button press on the pressure-sensitive top area of the mouse. This means that you cannot simultaneously press both the left and right buttons to any effect. If you plan on playing many kinds of games -- including some top-selling titles on the App Store, Steam for Mac, or even various Flash/Web games -- you're going to be very, very disappointed with this mouse.

    For less than the price of this mouse you can get one from almost any other manufacturer that will both work perfectly with all the regular Mac applications as well as with the Mac's growing library of games.

    7 of 7 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Bad mouse, they last me only 10-12 months buy at your own risk

    • Written by from Brooklyn

    Like everyone said the trackball stops working I am currently on my third mouse soon to be called into AppleCare. This is a poorly designed product, while I love the function of the mouse being told I need to clean the trackball by rubbing it on my leg is crazy. I have older mice without the trackball that work fine years and years later, not months. My big complaint is in another two months I'm off AppleCare so I will need a FIFTH MOUSE by next year which I will never buy, just replace with a normal USB mouse instead. I refuse to waste money on a poorly designed product just to match. This mouse should of been designed to be cleaned and no rubbing on your leg or a piece of paper is not something anyone should be forced to do.

    13 of 15 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    total rubbish

    • Written by from Bicton

    inaccurate, fiddly and breaks down easily. possibly my least favourite mouse of all time.

    6 of 9 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    A disappointment

    • Written by from Kettering

    There are roughly four years worth of complaints about the trackball here. My system is almost three years old. From the recent postings, it appears that there has been no improvement. That is disappointing. All the recent glitz about new products, but no progress on an improvement.

    I am tired of having to continually clean the trackball (using stronger methods than a piece of paper). The side buttons never did work well for me, so I turned them off. Tracking accuracy is good, I think I am going to replace this mouse with the track pad.

    8 of 11 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    REALLY bad!!

    • Written by from Los Angeles

    This mouse, and especially the scroll ball in this thing, is the worst thing Apple ever mad. Got one, scroll ball bye bye. Got a second one, within a few months, scroll ball bye bye!!! Have a friend with exactly the same problem! And I feel bad too since I suggested he got a magic mouse when he was looking for a new mouse. Horrible horrible horrible!

    6 of 9 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    tracking ball

    • Written by from Verona

    the tracking ball is horrible!
    do not buy!

    14 of 22 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    It's okay if it's free.

    • Written by from Brooklyn

    This came with my new Mac Pro in 2008. It worked great for 3 months then the tiny ball got so clogged with dust that it would never scroll properly again (and i am a super clean person too -- I just use the computer for 8 hours daily). Apple forums supply home remedy methods of cleaning it out, but they might make it work a little better for another 3 days. Also it is not designed to clean. Perhaps it's designed to be disposible?

    Also it's the most oddly shaped thing (since the original iMac g3 era gawdawful mouse). It's uncomfortable and has these buttons poorly placed on the sides of the mouse. Everybody I know deactivates these buttons in system preferences because they're so intrusive to mouse workflow. By default, if you pick up the mouse you will inevitably activate something, and more than likely it will interrupt whatever task you were doing which required you to pick up the mouse in the first place.

    Let's recap. The scroll bar will likely not be able the scroll down within 3 months, and the buttons on the sides you will have to deactivate in order not be annoyed to death whenever you need to pick up or adjust your grip on the mouse. Therefore it points and clicks and that's it (whilst being uncomfortable). This is the worst thing currently available from Apple.

    13 of 18 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Waste of money

    • Written by from erwin

    This mouse is awful!

    11 of 20 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Worst Mouse Ever

    • Written by from Montclair

    The scroll ball gets dirty and fails to work. The mouse is not designed to be taken apart to be cleaned. The left and right buttons don't respond properly.

    DO NOT WASTE YOUR MONEY ON THIS PRODUCT!!!!

    15 of 22 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Absolutely Horrible

    • Written by from WEST PALM BEACH

    So during the summer of 2009 my scrollbar stopped working...But ijust worked with it cuz im 13 and cant afford a 50 dollar mouse...Then today the bottom ring snaps off.....So I had to patch it together with tape beause im trying to get a video camera and cant buy a 70 dollar trackpad....

    11 of 18 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Do Not Buy This Mouse

    • Written by from New York

    Has this product been shelved yet? It's quite telling when Apple employees even tell me not to buy it. The big problem, as you've read, is the scroll wheel. Any microscopic debris that gets into the wheel renders it ineffective. And worthless as a mouse. Right now it's sitting on my shelf as I used an old PC mouse until I got the Magic Mouse. Spend the extra money for that - yeah, it has battery life problems but it's at least functional.

    6 of 11 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Horrible

    • Written by from Budd Lake

    I had to jump through hoops to get Apple to replace the first one. The scroll kept getting clogged. You cannot open it to clean it like every other mouse. I had to go down to my closest Apple store for a replacement (30 miles away)...then the second one did the same thing in a matter of 2 months. I love Apple products, but this mouse sx big time. what are they thinking?

    7 of 13 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Scroll Wheel Fail

    • Written by from Surprise

    The design and functionality of this mouse are fine, but it is constructed of cheaply-made parts. I have gone through several of these and in each one the scroll wheel degrades and ends up spinning uselessly after only a few months. This forces me to click and drag, which doesn't sound like a huge inconvenience but it is - it interrupts flow and impacts productivity. In addition to this mouse I also have a Wacom tablet, and frequently end up using the tablet instead of the mouse due to the frustration experienced with this item.

    6 of 13 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    i hate it, i hate it, i hate it more

    • Written by

    This mac device is NOT dependable after three months of use. The scroll ball does NOT operate properly. For a company of Brand Image and Quality it is surprising that this one necessary piece for a home computer fails.

    Simply put: BITE ME!

    4 of 9 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Short-Lived Romance

    • Written by from Mount Vernon

    I've had 8 of these mice. They start off as the answer to all your dreams. The little 360-degree roller ball has you thinking life is good. (And I LOVE the smooth one-big-button surface.) Then the little ball quits working. Then you can't use the mouse at all. So you take it to the Apple store and the Genius Bar guys try to clean the ball and it works better for another week or so, then you're back at the store with the same tale. The staff replaces the mouse for free. Then the entire cycle starts over. Then you have to buy the mice yourself. Basically, once the ball gets dirty (and it always does), the $50 mouse dies.

    Perhaps, like me, you then decide to try the Magic Mouse. You're free of the dirty-roller-ball problem, but that Magic Mouse is not good. You put in MUCH effort to hit your target. It's VERY hard to be precise -- and the low profile does not make your hand muscles happy.

    My advice: Give up on Apple mice and look elsewhere.

    4 of 9 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    bad design

    • Written by from Towson

    The scroll ball is intermittent at best. It often only works in one direction and sometimes not at all. i'd get a magic mouse if it came in a wired version, but the one i have on my other computer has its batteries die every few months, often just when you don't have any spares on hand.

    6 of 9 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Apple Mouse cord too short among other things

    • Written by from Kerhonkson

    i thought that i would revisit the apple mouse after 5 years. nothing has changed!
    i had the wireless first and that was horrible..
    now the cord on the non-wireless is so short - it doesn't reach around to the right side of my macbook? what moron designed this?
    i mean really - didn't you test the length?
    i want my money back!

    5 of 8 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Horrible Mouse

    • Written by from Dickson

    My college has multiple Mac labs that have around 20 iMacs per lab. Each of these iMacs use this horrible mouse. It's like winning the lottery to find a mouse with a scroll ball that works properly.

    Not only is the scroll (or lack thereof) frustrating, but the buttons on the side are too sensitive. If you have large hands or a tight grip, you will keep pushing those without meaning to. I've seen this happen to many people many times.

    Here's another problem: The cord is far to short. When using on the iMac, you have a limited area of where your hand can go. When using on a Macbook Pro (with USB ports on the left), a right-handed person doesn't have the cord length to use the mouse.

    And another: The bottom gets really gross and may scratch up the surface it's on. It's like a dirt magnet.

    All in all, when I'm at my college, I prefer to work on my Macbook Pro simply because the trackpad is amazing, and the Apple Mouse belongs in the trash. I've ordered an iMac for myself, and you better believe I chose the Magic Trackpad...


    I do not own one of these (nor do I ever intend on owning one).

    7 of 10 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Poorly designed.

    • Written by

    The 1st one that came with my iMac lasted 8-9 months before it started being difficult, scrolling problems. Only much later after much frustration did I search about it to find all kinds of bad comments. I bought a new one that lasted a few months, replaced under warranty, that lasted about the same time & replaced. Finally after another 6 months when it started going bad, I just replaced it with a LogiTec that has been fine. It's clear that this was a poorly designed piece of equipment that should have been recalled and replaced with a non-defective mouse. It doesn't deserve a 1 star rating and you can't do your own service on this piece of junk.

    8 of 10 people found this useful