• 4.0 out of 5 stars

    mouse cleaning

    • Written by from SELMA

    Have cleaned mouse ball twice in one year,not bad for amount of time on mouse.Children use this mouse non stop.Dirty hands and all.Before ball starts misbehaving give it a little care and give it a light cleaning by turning over and making circles on clean white paper.Like all things mechanical some preventive maintance has to be performed.

    3 of 6 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    4 Star Mouse

    • Written by

    I am rating this mouse as a 4 star for a few reasons. This mouse would be a 5-star mouse except there are a few glitches...

    I am a professional graphic designer and have used this Apple Mouse (which I always thought was called the Apple Mighty Mouse) for about 2 years now. I used it in my last few years in college, and when I became full-time at my job which was May off 2008 - so the mouse lasted me since then. Now, the mouse still works, yes; however, it's seen better days.

    1. The clicker is a little off now, and makes a loud click sound with the slightest click (haha, I probably sound like a mouse-abuser at work).
    2. The track ball or scroll ball still works perfectly fine, never had any problems with it, and I clean it with compressed air maybe once a month. I'm putting this because it seems to be the #1 complaint about the mouse - but I haven't had a single problem. I will say that this track ball technology can be annoying at times particularly on the BlackBerry's track ball - same tech, way worse.
    3. The "Force Sensing Side Buttons" as they refer to them, are a horrible idea. As I always love Apple, I will commend their inventiveness - but this idea doesn't work. These buttons are WAY to easy to press and so whichever expose you have them set to will happen all too easily.
    4. I wish there was a wireless version of this mouse - supposedly there is, but I still haven't found one, and Apple doesn't list it on their site.
    5. Tracking - I have heard from some, and seen comments from some saying that the tracking is inaccurate - but it's really not bad. I haven't had any problems since I've had this mouse.

    I guess it would work to say I would buy it a second time, because I am. But that's only because I am still working on OS X Tiger, and the new Magic Mouse requires Leopard or newer.

    6 of 11 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    SO MUCH BETTER than the magic mouse.

    • Written by from Tyngsboro

    I had this mouse for a few years and loved it. Yes, like the other reviews, the trackball was a little bit of a pain, but like the others, if you clean it...it works again fine. The Mighty Mouse is light, very accurate and responsive, has multiple options for clicking, and most important..FEELS GOOD IN YOUR HAND. All things the magic mouse lacks. The magic mouse may look cooler, but after 20 minutes of using and your hand hurting, you will do what I did, wonder why you spent so much for something that looks cool but is a terrible product, and ultimately come back to this Apple mouse.

    14 of 26 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Very convenient and cleaning fixes the trackball

    • Written by from Decatur

    Honestly, the trackball is worth the time for maintenance. Between the 'invert on a sheet of paper' and using a two cent alcohol prep pad, it restores the Mighty Mouse. I'd like to try one of the Multi-touch mice ("Magic Mouse"), but I need a USB wired mouse with my KVM switch; I use multiple Macs with one keyboard, monitor, and mouse.

    I am guilty of handling my mouse with less than perfectly clean hands, but the restoration of full trackball functionality is not that difficult. The only reason I don't give this a 5-star rating is that the small trackball is mechanical and does require more maintenance than 'wheel mice'. It's worth it, though.

    11 of 16 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Clean the scroll ball and then it's brand new again!

    • Written by from Pasadena

    I came on here to buy a NEW mouse since my scroll ball wasn't working anymore. i saw on a review to get a clean white paper, turn the mouse upside down and rub the scroll ball on the white paper. ALL THESE BLACK SPECKS came out! and then a big CHUNK of black came out! I kept doing it until there was no more black stuff coming out. and now my scrolling ball works fine!!

    Every product will eventually break down. This mouse- it was just dirty. Now don't you get dirty sometimes and you need a good cleanin'? :)

    15 of 18 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Pretty good

    • Written by from Rancho Cucamonga

    I really like the feel of this mouse but as everyone says the scroll ball stops working after a while. I found a remedy for that, if you get a lightly wet qtip and use that to roll the scroll ball a couple times it cleans itself, making the scroll ball useful again.

    15 of 20 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    use compressed air on scroll ball

    • Written by

    This is one of the best mice I've ever used. The scroll ball does get screwed up every couple months but I find spraying some compressed air into it while pushing in and moving it around usually gets it moving again and it will last a good 2-3 years with such maintenance.

    You can get these cheap from people who think the scroll ball is broken or have gone to purchase the new magic mouse; I would prefer magic mouse also except it stupidly only uses batteries.

    11 of 17 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    A good mouse

    • Written by from Pointe-Claire

    I've been using the mouse for three years. Only once has it failed me. Actually, all it needed was a clean with a Q tip and some rubbing alcohol. Not rocket science.

    7 of 12 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    just clean it, people.

    • Written by from Two Harbors

    Yeah, the scroll ball gets gummed up. I've been cleaning it with alcohol on a cotton swab, plenty of scrubbing (use the swab to wet the ball and roll it all around), then make sure it's dried out by rolling all around (ball-side down) on a clean cotton cloth. It comes back to life every time, and we've had our iMac almost 2 years now. (First time, I took the whole mouse apart but found it doesn't get you much closer to the scrolling mechanism, so it's glued back together and now I just work from the outside.)

    I'm keeping this mouse because it's NOT wireless (no hassle with batteries, etc.) plus the tracking is good, and it's already PAID FOR. (I can buy a LOT of alcohol & swabs for the price of a replacement mouse.) Four stars only for the trouble of cleaning every few months- otherwise it's great.

    Try cleaning it - it works.

    8 of 9 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Not as bad as most say

    • Written by from Lake Oswego

    I've owned my "Mighty Mouse" (now just called the "Apple Mouse" for legal reasons) for about a year now. It worked flawlessly for the first 9 months, and I was quite surprised that there were no issues with it considering how many reported problems I had heard of online. After 9 months, it began having scroll ball issues at random times. The trick is to put rubbing alcohol on a Q-tip once a week to prevent the scroll ball from not working in one direction. It seemed annoying to do at first, but now it's a simple habit. The other thing, too, is to make sure that your hands are (mostly) clean before using this mouse since things tend to get stuck in it. Other than that, I love my "Apple Mouse" and its multiple customizable buttons!

    10 of 12 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Apple Mouse, good but not great

    • Written by from Adolphus

    I am new to mac (as of December 25 2009) and I love it, but the only con of the mac is their tracking pad on their macbooks and macbook pros and any of their mouses. The once known "Mighty Mouse" now known as the Apple Mouse is twice as good as the Magic Mouse, which to me is a piece of junk. Overall the scroll ball is no good and the side buttons are quite annoying if you are new to mac like me so I give this a 4 out of 5 rating.

    1 of 3 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great Mouse with problems that can be fixed

    • Written by from Cranston

    This is a really great mouse. Kinda still getting used to, but a nice mouse. Until, that is, the trackball stops working. It's a pain. But to every problem, there's a solution. Your trackball might be dirty, and thats one of the reasons it might stop working. So, get a
    cutip and wet it with water or rubbing alcohol. Make sure the cutip isn't to wet or too dry. Rub the trackball in circles with the cutip. Then rub the trackball downward on a piece of paper. Worked for me.

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Better than the current Magic Mouse

    • Written by from Toronto

    Takes some getting used to at first but it has more functionality and faster scrolling than the current Magic Mouse.

    If you are buying a new Mac and have the option of getting one or the other, I'd recommend this one at this point in time.

    Unless/until Apple updates the driver for the Magic Mouse, this is - to date - the best Apple made mouse in my personal opinion.

    5 of 8 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    good product

    • Written by

    It's not the mouse of my dreams, but it's quite good, specially because I have a mackbook (wich is white too) and I travel a lot. So, if you don´t mind to have a cable, this mouse is perfect, because it´s easy to work and very eficient.

    1 of 2 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    good mouse SCROLL WHEEL EASY TO FIX!

    • Written by from Brantford

    To FIX THE SCROLL WHEEL all you have to do is turn the mouse upside down and rub the wheel vigorously on a piece of paper.

    6 of 6 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Clean it before replacing

    • Written by from Franklin

    I was surprised the ratings were low. I read the reviews because I was getting ready to replace it. I cleaned the scroll ball with alcohol and it works fine. No need to replace it.

    12 of 16 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Stop Complaining!

    • Written by from Charlotte

    Man I really hate people that whine constantly over the littlest things." my mighty mouse track ball is not working, It's horrible ". Yeah because your world will flip upside down if you cannot scroll down on your Facebook account fast enough. Yes you paid a lot of money for an Apple product and you should get the best quality items. But truthfully this is a great invention. It's simple and i constantly use the side buttons for the Expose feature. I really do not see how people can go threw these in 2 months. If that is true and you are not exaggerating you must have extremely dirty homes. I've had mine for almost a year and only get a few track ball problems every now and then. If you want to get this mouse just get. Unless you cry over the littlest of things.

    4 of 30 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    keep it clean

    • Written by from Georgetown

    One good rule, always wash your hands every time you address the computer and it's devices. Every now and then clean the interactive devices. In 3 years I've never had a problem. This is the most reliable and simple device I have ever used.

    20 of 25 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Aaalmost great

    • Written by from Sao Paulo

    The Apple Mouse (previously known as Mighty Mouse) is just a fantastic piece of technology. Its design is quite obvious - once you start to use it - and makes you wonder "why someone hasn't come with this idea before?" in amazement. The only negative point is that you can't take it apart to clean its innards. The 'nipple' scroll ball gets stuck after a few months, yes. A few drops of isopropyl alcohol on it is enough to get it up and running again, though. That's the only thing keeping me to give this a full 5 star review. Despite all these negative reviews - I can't argue with them: the ball DOES stuck - this IS a very well designed and crafted mouse.

    16 of 19 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Life Expectancy of the Apple Mouse

    • Written by from Gatineau

    This is just from experience, but both my friend and I have had our Apple mice for about 3 years now and coincidentally they both stopped working properly at around the same time! Maybe a week apart... Unable to drag files around anymore, the mouse will just jump somewhere else when trying to drag and it'll mess everything up... It's a fair life expectancy for using it hours upon hours daily considering the work we do. And it's only about fifty bucks to replace it when it dies like that.
    Just a little FYI.

    16 of 20 people found this useful