• 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

    scroll ball problems

    • Written by from Salt Lake City

    I was unable to scroll down and I searched for a solution. I read a review and it worked!! Here it is...

    As the directions instruct, "Hold the mouse upside-down and roll the scroll ball vigorously with the cloth that came with your Mac, or another clean, soft, lint-free cloth, to help dislodge any particles that may interfere with proper scrolling." Et voila! My scroll ball works perfectly again!

    Thanks TW for the tip!

    6 of 6 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Love it, hate it

    • Written by from Patterson

    Never have I used a more comfortable mouse - the full-body click is absolutely perfect for when I draw in Illustrator or Photoshop. However, as everyone else points out, after a few months the scroll ball stops working. You can usually clean it one or two times and get it working again, but eventually it WILL stop functioning. Like a sucker I keep buying them because I just don't like the feel of any others, but this is a product in desperate, dire need of a redesign.

    8 of 10 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    OK, except for scroll ball

    • Written by from Madison

    I use my Mac several hours a day, and the scroll ball has become gunked up beyond repair. None of the techniques---the paper, the air blast, the wet cloth, the toothbrush, the alcohol---work any more. It only scrolls left and right, and not in the other two directions. My only option left is to take the thing apart, and it is not designed for that. Well, I have another option, which is to buy some other model.

    14 of 22 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Great mouse... maybe

    • Written by from Winter Haven

    Really good mouse. Love the scrolling. That is until it stops working which is about a years time. I've dealt with them at home and work. Same thing, they stop scrolling. Other features are great though. Love the squeeze feature!

    8 of 10 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Can't scroll

    • Written by from Katy

    My scroll button became unresponsive to downward scrolling after about one year of frequent use. Mouse has never been dropped or mistreated. It's unfortunate because the white Apple mouse looks so stylish.

    7 of 9 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Great to start but......

    • Written by

    I have found that this mouse stops scrolling up and down after it gets a little dirty. very frustrating for such an expensive mouse. I tried a little experiment with an alcohol wipe and cleaned the ball, rolled it in all directions until the wipe dried up and got all the gunk off. problem solved. we'll see what happens. so, looks like periodic cleaning is the way to keep it functioning. otherwise I really like this mouse, and the extra functions are really handy.

    5 of 5 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Mouse Surprise

    • Written by from Bronx

    I was surprised to see how easily the mouse on the iMac can malfunction. I purchased my iMac back in June but did not actually set it up until late August. And a couple of months into it's use the scroll ball on the mouse would not scroll up. It created a huge inconvenience given that I use my Mac for school work and office work and it is important for me to be able to scroll up or down. Thanks to the person for the Hand Sanitizer tip. It works. Just dab a little on the ball with a paper towel and that should do the trick. I love my Mac, but the mouse needs some help.

    11 of 17 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    it's pretty cool looking, I guess

    • Written by from Muskegon

    it's cool looking.
    the side buttons work really well.
    it still functions for the most part.

    the scroller ball quit working after the 2nd day I had it.
    the cord is extremely short.
    it took me about 2 years to figure out how to activate the right click.

    pretty good, but I'd like to see a different kind of scroller ball that can stand the dirt and oil of human fingers, and is easier to clean. it looks like a bar of soap and matches my computer and keyboard. I like it, but I know apple can do better for the price.

    8 of 11 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

    Good mouse, bad scroll ball.

    • Written by from Tempe

    Overall, I love the Mighty Mouse; as many have noted, however, the scroll ball is far too large a vulnerability in an otherwise fine product. The oils from your finger will eventually cause the ball to cease functioning properly, and eventually even the hardiest cleaning simply will not fix it.

    My suggestion to Apple: put that touch technology to use here and give us a touch-sensitive "ball" that doesn't actually physically move. The Mighty Mouse already uses touch sensing for its configurable "buttons", a touch sensing, virtualized scroll "ball" is simply a logical step forward.

    5 of 5 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    50/50 out of 100

    • Written by from Whitehorse

    Ok so every writers leaves the bsst for last, At first I was really confused with the mouse, and it's touch sensitive features, I hate using my had to push the mouse down but I do realize it helps the mouse 3 button, when i first plugged in the mouse the mouse 2 button was disabled but once i changed it in the settings it was all good, I hate opticals, don't know why apple made a laser wireless and a optical wired, optical has terrible reflection issues. Overall the mouse works Awesome, and am satisifed with it, the side buttons are a little tough to press and the whole hand click isn't for me but i'll still use the mouse.

    6 of 7 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Great Ideas... Weak Execution

    • Written by from Anaheim

    I got this mouse standard with the iMac and the scroll ball stopped working after 4 months.... shouldn't be doing that. Everything else is really cool through style and technical design.

    16 of 27 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Be Warned...

    • Written by from Hazard

    The scroll ball is HORRIBLE. If the slightest particle gets underneath it it is nearly impossible to remove it. After using it for about a year I became disgusted with the scroll ball continuously not functioning correctly and bought a regular mouse.

    11 of 17 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Nevertheless disappointing

    • Written by from La Begude de Mazenc

    I trusted it like everything else from Apple, but sadness finally invaded myself.

    First, you can't count on playing game (you have only one physical button so you can't click a side without releasing the other one). So frustrating…

    Then after a few months I couldn't scroll down (only up) and can't scroll up either at all after one year. (only left and right which is pretty annoying)

    That's it. This mouse is perfect to browse your OS and FileSys. It's perfect for any graphical app as well as the classic - all days - MacOS use. But don't expect playing with it at all. Unless you play RTS or really slow / not action game.

    I'm gonna try to clean it anyway, but two of my mates broke their doing it. So i'm gonna take my time. Magic one seems cool though. Will write a review as soon as I got one.

    10 of 16 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

    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


    • 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

    Not the greatest mouse I've used...

    • Written by from New Brighton

    This mouse is... okay, at best. The tracking is smooth, the mouse fits comfortably in my hand, quick and painless to set up. A couple of issues that I have with it are the scroll ball, the "right" click and the squeeze feature. First, the scroll ball can become gummed up over time, even if you have reasonably clean hands. Second, the right-click is not programmed by default. You have to turn that on yourself. Third, the squeeze function I find sometimes gets in the way, especially when you have to reposition the mouse, and accidentally activate the squeeze function. Even during normal use, that can become annoying, so I turn that feature off. I find Apple's trackpads easier to use than this mouse.

    15 of 26 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Not bad, needs work

    • Written by from Scottsdale

    The trackball construction needs work. I've cleaned and rehabbed it a few times, but it required popping off the lower flange and regluing afterwards. (I'll try the paper trick next time the scroll-up wheel fails.)

    The side buttons are too sensitive or in the wrong location. It is all too easy to accidentally trigger the default feature, Exposé. I've adjusted my grip further down on the mouse, but even then I unintentionally trigger the pesky thing all too often. It is triggered with either button, not both simultaneously; requiring both to be pressed might help.

    Positives: size, shape and weight are comfortable; left and right buttons work well for me; good adjustability through system preferences. Fix the trackball and side buttons and you've got a winner.

    13 of 22 people found this useful