• 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Scroll mechanism fails

    • Written by from Tomball

    I have had three Apple optical scroll wheel mice, two wireless and one USB. In a 16 month period, all three have developed the same malfunction: the scroll wheel will not scroll vertically in both directions. I could either scroll up or scroll down, but not in both directions. This problem has been previously reported bo other reviewers and is apparently quite common. While I am biased toward Apple products in general, this one is a dud.

    15 of 16 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Just got it

    • Written by from Newport

    i just got it like a half an hour ago, its awesome but i still kinda like to use the trackpad haha but im pretty sure i will just use it for gaming, and i think its a little overpriced.

    8 of 19 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Good at being a mouse, but flawed.

    • Written by from MAGNOLIA

    For one thing, this mouse is quite overpriced at essentially 50 dollars (for a wired mouse? Really?). It doesn't have a solid feel in the hand, since it is plastic and weighs nearly nothing. It hardly matches with the recent Apple build-quality aesthetic.

    The ball is cool since it allows you to scroll 360º, but it's so small that it takes irritatingly long to scroll through long documents.

    The absolute worst part is that if you try using this with a Macbook that doesn't have a standalone keyboard, you're out of luck. The cord is short to make it look like desk candy, but it prevent right-handed users (ie most of the world) from simply using the mouse with their computer. Huge oversight/laziness on the part of the designers.

    15 of 17 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 24 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    I Can't Use the Apple Mouse

    • Written by from Delphos

    I had to switch to a PC mouse because the Apple mouse has a fat rear that sticks up against the back of your hand. It applies pressure to the base of my thumb that makes it really sore. I really dislike the design of the Apple mouse. If you have small hands, you probably wouldn't like it, either.

    11 of 15 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by

    I bought a new Apple desktop computer a couple of months ago and found myself going back to the store because the scrolling button on the mouse stopped working. They tested it in the store and it started working again. So, I took it home and it worked for about a month. Now the scrolling ball will not scroll down. It never really scrolled horizontally!!! So, back to the Apple store I go with this WORTHLESS GARBAGE!!! I'm UPSET beyond words, but take some solace in knowing I'm not alone. Apple should take this junk off the market.

    22 of 26 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works Great

    • Written by from Burlington

    I have been using my mouse for close to 4 years now. Although I do have both types, the wireless for my laptop and the wired for my desktop, I prefer it to the wireless as it has more of the functions that I want for work. I clean it, and my keyboard, once every few months with a disinfecting wipe and find that to be enough to keep them both working smoothly and effectively. I don't find that the ball gums up as others say, all of my functions continue to work and work well. After 4 years of use 8 hours per day 5 days a week I think this product is well worth the money and beats any other mouse I have used over my extensive office experience.

    17 of 20 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Needs Improvement

    • Written by from Gainesville

    It starts working fine with ease, simplicity & beauty as promoted, but that starts fading away after a while & there's nothing one can do about it. The most annoying problem is the scrolling. Maybe it's because we the Apple customers consider your products to be excellent or flawless, but I went ahead & bought the same mouse even when the first one failed, yet the same happened again. I need a third mouse at this moment.

    16 of 17 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 28 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 26 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 27 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from Kelowna

    Scroll ball not scrolling anymore... no way to take it out or clean it. It scrolls up fine, but not down.

    22 of 25 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    disposable mouse that works well for few months

    • Written by from MONTREAL

    used it for few months, the ball stopped working, after a clean up it was good for few weeks, then i had to clean it again every once in a while, finally it stopped scrolling in one direction no matter how much cleaning i did,
    save your money, mouse design is not apples strong suit

    25 of 30 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Not worth the price

    • Written by from Boise

    While this mouse does have a few interesting ideas in button functionality, it's a pain to actually use for any extended period and has several other glaring flaws. The cord is much too short, the scroll ball is difficult to properly use in any extent, and any kind of extended use makes the fingers hurt quite a bit because of how small and poorly shaped it is. The optical LED sensitivity leaves quite a lot to be desired, and accuracy takes a nosedive at anything about the default, extremely slow setting. While I appreciate the attempts at innovation, it's punishing for any power user and hardly worth the $50 price tag.

    11 of 15 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    I like it so much!!!

    • Written by from Fort Calhoun

    I like the wired mouse. Needs no batteries. I like the scroll ball. It scrolls horizontally beside vertically.

    7 of 14 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    cleans up GREAT!

    • Written by from Holland

    Lately, I've had increasing trouble with the track ball on my (original) three-year old mouse. After reading suggestions here, I cleaned it first with a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser, then with rubbing alcohol on a clean cloth. Afterwards, I rolled it around on a clean sheet of paper. Voila! It works like new! No need to spend $50 on a new device; this one is back to like-new condition!

    5 of 7 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Excellent for a few months, then fails

    • Written by from DUNDAS

    I have bought several of these. After a few months the ball ceases to function.

    19 of 21 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Very good mouse, if you keep it clean

    • Written by from Kitchener

    The track ball is prone to pet hair and gummy hands. Take a clean sheet of paper, roll the mouse upside down back and forth on the track ball, to clean it. Do this on a daily basis and the mouse will last a half dozen years with good results. My mouse of choice.

    18 of 20 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    A Mr. Clean Magic Eraser...

    • Written by from Pharr

    ...works best to clean the scroll ball. Using scissors, cut off a small piece of the Magic Eraser (because you don't need to waste an entire one). Dampen it, lay it on a flat sturdy surface and then turn the Apple Mouse upside down and roll the scroll ball along the Magic Eraser horizontally and then vertically. Then use a paper towel or a lint free cloth to dry it. I did this with the wireless version and it worked great. I gave it four stars because it's a really good mouse, wired or wireless. It would have been five stars if the scroll ball had been a touch sensor instead. Then, like optical mice, they wouldn't need to be cleaned on a regular basis.

    21 of 22 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Not really reliable

    • Written by from Upton

    the scroll ball tends to get fouled up after a while, and there's no way to clean it.

    10 of 14 people found this useful