• 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Be gentle...

    • Written by

    I am new to iMacs as of February, and cannot describe how fantastic and exceptional they are. I have had problems with the scroll ball. I consulted the manual. It didn't work. But you know what did?
    Try a few drops of water on the black cloth that came with your computer. Make sure it soaks into the material. Gently roll the mouse upside down on the wet surface in all directions. It works. I have also disabled the Dashboard application that you get when you 'click' on the scroll ball. This, I would imagine, reduces wear and tear. If I need Dashboard, I just click on it on the dock. I hope you find this useful.

    6 of 6 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Apple Mighty Mouse

    • Written by from Lowell

    After reading some of the other reviews on the disfunctionality of the scroll ball, I realized that dirt had caused my problem. I just wanted to let you know that I was able to clean it out with an old soft toothbrush. Seems to be working now. I am hoping for the best because I am very satisfied with all of the features

    4 of 5 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Nice look, design needs work

    • Written by from Rigaud

    This mouse looks great, and it is versatile, which is great since my wife is a south-paw. The track ball needs work though, and the design department at Apple should really... get on the ball! Make the ball bigger and make it removable for cleaning. This is not rocket science. Apple is known for being user-friendly, this should apply especially to something called a mighty mouse.

    6 of 7 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Mighty Mouse Scroll Ball

    • Written by from Monroe

    I used alcohol as described in the wireless mouse reviews and it did work for this one. However, with all of the other mouses I have owned for my various PCs, I really have never had this problem. I did have get the dust out of the track ball but that is it. The only reason I gave the mouse 3 stars is because you can scroll all ways which comes in very handing. If it wasn't for this feature, I probably would have given the mouse only 2 stars. Hopefully, Apple is reading these reviews and improving the mouse.

    3 of 3 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    What's with the short cord?

    • Written by from Winnipeg

    I didn't want to fiddle with the batteries of a cordless mouse so I picked up a regular corded mighty mouse for my new 24" Mac... well unless you're comfortable working 2 inches away from a 24" screen, get an extension for this mouse or buy the cordless. Otherwise, awesome basic mouse and I love the scroll ball.

    3 of 6 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Cleaning the scroll ball

    • Written by from ANTHEM

    You can clean the scroll ball using a can of compressed air to blow out the dirt and wipe the ball with an alcohol wipe. It is annoying when the scroll ball stops working but the above is a quick and easy fix.

    13 of 13 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Useless cord

    • Written by from Corona

    It works ok and it does what is described. The main issue is that all my ports are on the left side of my book and I am right handes . So using it with it reaching behind the screen gives me only 2 inches of cord if that. Rethink & revamp PLEASE!! poorly designed.

    8 of 9 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Scroll Wheel Will Stop Working

    • Written by from HOBOKEN

    I think most other reviews have mentioned this: the scroll wheel gets dirty and stops working. For me, it will only scroll up now because lint has found its way into the ball. The ball itself is the exact ball that Blackberry puts in their current models like the curve. Its VERY hard to clean on a Blackberry (pieces are magnetized and very tiny). I cleaned the ball once and bought a new one a few months later just to avoid the hassle. Apple makes cleaning the ball impossible because the plastic pieces are glued together.

    Still, I like the aesthetics of the mouse and, when the ball is working, I find the mouse comfortable and perfect for my needs. I'm not a designer and I don't play games - just read email and surf the web. So I can't say up or down if the tracking rate is better or worse than others out there.

    The cord is short and it wasn't a problem on my Mini or iMac when I plugged it into the keyboard. But now that I have a laptop, I need to use an extender to use on the right side.

    Bottom line: Looks good, works well enough but will need to be replaced once the ball attracts dirt. I had mine for 2 years before the ball got dirty enough to stop working. At $50, that's $2 a month to use or 7 cents a day and I guess that's an OK cost.

    10 of 12 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    it was free with my macpro but its ok

    • Written by from Berkeley Heights

    i really can't complain much since it was free with the wired keyboard that came with my macpro but i wouldn't buy it for 50 dollars ive seen better 15 dollar mice though. its not very apple style it doesn't fit well with the apple keyboard its plastic white and gets dirty very easy and the laser gets clogged and it is annoying when you keep hitting one of the side buttons and it takes you back a page when your checking emails . thank God i didn't pay 50 bucks for it i got it for free but i feel bad if you actually payed for it its a thumbs down.

    4 of 4 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Just clean it

    • Written by from Cavalier

    I was having the same frustrations as 95% of the mighty mouse owners are experiencing with the trackball sticking. I followed the advice from a reviewer who said to simply use the lint-free cloth that came with the computer and to clean the trackball with that. I didn't hold much hope since alcohol and a swab did little, but I was amazed to find out it actually worked great. It works like a new mouse again.
    Now I just keep that cloth next to my computer and I'll use it when the same problem returns, which I'm certain it will.

    11 of 15 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    mighty mouse

    • Written by from Arcadia

    Even though I'm an Apple fan, this mouse has been very hard to use. After half a year, the scroll button began to jam and and when I would click the right button, it would recognize it as the left button. The only very useful part of the Apple Mighty Mouse is the force-sensing buttons on the side. Other than that, all the other features have been hard to deal with.

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Not Bad... But Room for Improvement

    • Written by from Harper Woods

    This mouse has much to offer with its many features and customizable options! However, the scroll wheel get jammed often, I've had to take my mouse apart at least 5 times now to clean the wheel heads. Also, as I open this mouse it takes a great deal of patients and care to not damage it, as it was created without any screws or easy open access. With this and the material used to mold the mouse it becomes evident that Apple has no interest in this mouse being recycle friendly. Why? Every other product is going in that direction. I think that Apple should make a mouse that either doesn't get jammed easily or is easy to open and clean. Additionally, it should be made of aluminum. This way, it's environmentally friendly and it matches with the rest of the Apple lineup.

    7 of 7 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    dw-40 and paper works!

    • Written by from Burnaby

    Thanks everyone for the cleaning tips - the combination of dw-40 and lots of rolling on paper cleared the dead scroll ball problem right up. Thanks!

    1 of 2 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Before you buy another replacement mouse...

    • Written by from Brea

    Clean the ball as Apple recommends, but then gently spray a little WD-40 on the ball, works great for me to restore life to this 15 month old mouse.

    4 of 7 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Good, but not exceptional

    • Written by from Olivia

    I've had this mouse ever since I bought my iMac in 2006 and it's had it's ups and downs. Overall, it's not a shabby product.

    The good news is that it has side buttons, great for accessing the application switcher or what have you. The scroll ball itself can be set up as another button if you so choose too, like the dashboard. There's a definite feel to the click and it's very obvious if you have the wireless version turned off (which is great if you're traveling). It feels solid to move around and use too, not a featherweight, but not a paperweight. You can, if you so choose, use your pants as a mousepad if you don't have the desk space at the moment as it will track on virtually anything.

    The bad news starts out with the scroll ball. You can't use the darn thing worth a darn once it gets dirty. Compressed air sometimes helps clean it out, but you need to do it quite often. Occasionally a left click will be interpreted as a right click, or much more often, a right click will be a left click. Also, side buttons function as one button, not two separate entities meaning whatever you assign for one, you assign for both. Tracking is jumpy at times too, especially on objects of the same color.

    Not a bad product, but not one that can't be heavily improved on either. It's good work, but it needs some help.

    4 of 4 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Okay mouse

    • Written by

    This mouse is okay, but the scroll wheel dies after some use. I use my Mac almost everyday and the mouse wheel just stopped working after 6 months. Up until now the mouse is fine, but it is annoying not being able to use the scroll wheel.

    1 of 3 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Short Cord

    • Written by from Virginia Beach

    I like the mouse. It looks really cool, but the cord is too short. I have a mac mini, and the cord will not reach all the way around the back of it. I have to end up plugging it into my keyboard. Also, when you go to use the right click, you have to completely take your finger off of the left side of the mouse in order for the click to register. Other than these two issues, the mouse works fine and the scroll ball is innovative.

    5 of 7 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from Avon

    I love this mouse, it's amazing, but it has one down fall. The ball is all I have to say. It stops working and it's really annoying when you want to scroll but you can't. I recently got a new mouse to replace this one, but I'm still willing to get another apple mouse if they fix this issue.

    5 of 6 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Scroll ball not working

    • Written by from scottsdale

    After having my iMac for over 2 years - the "mighty" mouse had stopped being mighty. The scroll ball would only roll up and side to side but not down, causing me to revert to using the scroll bars on the side of my open apps.

    I read a review, which said: "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."

    The dirty lines I got were quite considerable and a little dust ball chunk fell out as I was doing this. My "mighty" mouse now works great!!


    37 of 41 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    I like it but...

    • Written by from Altadena

    When I bought my iMac I was expecting to replace the mighty mouse because I have high standards for mouse ergonomics. I was surprised that I liked the mighty mouse's low profile, which took the strain off my mouse hand. Over the year I had it, I had to clean the scroll ball a couple of times when it got dirty, but it was not hard to clean.

    I just sold my iMac and bought a unibody Macbook, keyboard, mouse, and 24" cinema display. My complaint about the mighty mouse: The length of the cord is not listed in the specs for the product, and I find this inexcusable. I had to read many reviews to find out the cord was "short". It is not as short as the cord on the mouse shipped with the iMac. For those who need to know, the cord is about 28 inches long: too short to use with the notebooks having USB ports on the left, and about a foot too long to use with the wired keyboard.

    3 of 4 people found this useful