• 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

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    It's not all that bad

    • Written by from Lebanon

    I have become dependent on the 360 scroll wheel and based on my experience with my iPod I'm a bit suspicious of the all-touch technology they're offering with the new mouse (granted, I haven't tried that one out yet). I don't use the side buttons, they're a bit unreliable, but the rest of the features I feel are indispensable.

    Some reviews complained that this mouse does get dirty easily (and that's why the scroll wheel stops working sometimes), but I can get it working again with a paper towel moistened with Windex. Just roll the wet paper towel over the wheel in all directions for a few minutes; the Windex takes off the finger oil. I do wish you could take the cover off to clean it (I did that way back when they had mice with roller-balls inside), but the 1 star review is unjustified.

    11 of 14 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Roller ball

    • Written by from ogden

    great mouse not a fan of the roller ball but its an easy to fix and clean out, just annoying. just turn it up side down spray in there with canned air and roll the ball.

    5 of 6 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great design

    • Written by from Jeddah

    I love the design and the small scroller and the side clickers but i have faced some problems with the side clickers when you use your mighty mouse for a month or so
    the clickers will start to click easily when ever i put my hand on the mouse they both
    click. I had no problems with the scroller so far but when i use it allot it begins to
    scroll in deferent directions thats because dust or dirt comes in to fix this rub the mouse scroller on a paper until it works if that doesn't work use alcohol swipes and
    rub the scroller but other than that it is the best concept i ever saw.

    2 of 4 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    I love my Mighty Mouse

    • Written by from Arlington

    I've had this mouse since it first came out and I love it. I turned off the side buttons, that made it too busy for me, but the rollerball is great and the mouse works very well.

    I did have to clean the roller ball once, and I used some compressed electronic cleaner I got at radio shack, but that was more than a year ago and it's worked great ever since.

    Pricey but if you like rollerball scrolling this can be a great mouse.

    6 of 7 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Clean your mouse and wash the french fry grease off your fingers

    • Written by from Nevada City

    My scroll wheel lost functionality recently so I searched for: cleaning mouse scroll wheel.
    There were plenty of hits online.
    I took a can of compressed air and inverted it so it would blow liquid refrigerant out the spray tip instead of air. I turned the mouse upside down and pressed the tip against the scroll ball to try to get the spray to go between the ball and the mouse cover.
    I sprayed a couple of blasts into the beast. Almost got frostbite from the liquid propellant that dripped on my fingers - that stuff is cold!
    Then I rolled the mouse upside down on a microfiber lint free cloth placed flat on a table top.
    I think Apple says to just turn the mouse over and roll the scroll ball for a while - but it was more fun with the compressed air. Don't try this at home - I am a professional.

    19 of 24 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    defective mouse

    • Written by from Kearny

    I was shocked to see that so many people were having the same trouble as me with the "sticking ball" syndrome. I actually never had any problems prior to this and was ready to order a new mouse until I saw someone saying to use some hand sanitizer with a little paper towel and roll the little ball back and forth and up and down, and it worked!! My mouse is working beautifully again! Don't buy a new mouse until you've tricked this little trick!!

    22 of 23 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Unsticking the mouse's ball

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    I really like the way the mouse functions, but then it developed the non-functioning ball syndrome I have read about in other review. Mine would roll fine but would only move the cursor up, not down or side to side. Then I read one of the reviews that said try putting a little hand purifier on a paper towel. I used a very small amount worked into the paper towel so there was no excess liquid. l used it to lightly roll the ball in all directions, moving the towel a bit to contact the ball with an unused area of the towel (10 strokes or less). IT WORKS! I'm a happy camper again. I think I will keep the hand purifier and some paper towels around to clean my hands regularly before using the mouse and see if that helps prevent the problem.

    30 of 33 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from Kansas City

    keep from eating cheetos and all will be smooth sailing with this mouse. I've been using mine since it launched an it's great. Takes some getting used to the feel of it, and sure the tiny scroll ball will get clogged up if you use the mouse with grit on your fingers. The simple solution is to take a cleaning cloth and rub it fast against the ball while holding the mouse upside down, then tap the mouse against a book or something to clear out the gunk. It will be working in a few seconds.

    If you're some type of slob that eats pizza, and cheese products with your bare fingers then you probably won't enjoy this mouse.

    16 of 19 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    not as bad as some people claim

    • Written by from Greenwood Lake

    The biggest complaint I have seen regarding this mouse is that the scroll ball stops working because it is dirty. Yeah that happened to me twice. There is a very easy work around to clear out debris, or you can be a tech and open up the mouse. Its really easy to do and you really appreciate the technology that makes the mouse work. I have had my mouse for around 3 years. I have opened it up twice to clean it. I have never had a clicking issue or any problems with the buttons. Word of advise to people that have it fail after 2 weeks: maybe wash your hands every once in a while, and don't eat cheetos while on your computer.

    11 of 15 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Wireless mouse

    • Written by from Sydney

    I've had two of these mice (lost the first when I moved house) and both have been great...without a single problem. I make the scroll ball clickdown do right click in preferences and it becomes very easy to do the right click then. The default right click can be a bit awkward because you need to twist your hand a bit.
    So theres nothing really wrong with the product as far as I reckon. My scrollball has never got dirty after 2 years with this latest one.
    The only thing I'd say to Apple is that really, having separate right and left clicker buttons is logical and easier for the user instead of doing these workarounds. Why they persist with with the single button seems nonsense. Thats why I gave it 4 not 5 stars. Are they waiting for the day when they can say....see we sold you one button is better than two....well its never going to happen. And another thing..a right delete button is easier than function delete.

    5 of 12 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    It gets the job done and has worked for almost 2 years!

    • Written by from Carrollton

    I give it 4 stars just because you have to clean it every few months or so. Pull out that plain white computer paper, unplug your mouse, flip it over onto the white computer paper and move it up and down over and over and then left and right over and over. Do that for about 30 seconds to a minute and watch it work like new again. If you are going to throw your mouse away... DON'T! Try this first and see if it works. Yes it is annoying but I have been using it every day for almost 2 years and it clogs up and then I work it on the paper and it works like new for a while. It's simple.

    6 of 11 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    I'm on my second one too....

    • Written by from Oregonia

    Yes, it's true... it seems the scroll ball is ultimately susceptible to finger grime - however...I've really yet to find another mouse I like as much. The "squeeze" for expose' is a truly useful feature. I'm very enticed by the new magic mouse with what is by and large...a replacement for the scroll ball... but where is the "squeeze" for Expose' functionality? I've used my iMac hours daily for years... this is my second mighty mouse. I've tried cleaning techniques also when the first one failed. Ultimately...I bought a new one.. and I'm probably good for another two years. I never did try compressed air...I hear that can help. Sure I wish it lasted forever... but I'm getting acceptable mileage. The wireless version strikes me as "too heavy" I like the lighter feeling wired version.

    2 of 2 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    The mouse that finally beats the non-Mac mice! If it's wired...

    • Written by from New York City

    This mouse finally has two buttons and a scroll wheel! Finally, Apple is ahead in their mice. The wheel DID jam occasionally, but I was able to easily fix it with a slightly damp cloth. I love the 360˚ wheel, the side buttons, and the right click. GET IT IN WIRED, though, because the wireless looses battery and is not needed.

    1 of 1 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Fixing a scroll ball problem

    • Written by from Rochester

    I read the reviews, concerning the Apple Might Mouse, after the scroll ball on my mouse, stopped scrolling up, the down scrolling worked fine. I called Apple, concerning the scrolling problem, I was instructed to take a clean piece of paper, turn the mouse upside down, and roll the ball on the paper. I rolled the ball on the paper for about 10 seconds, checked it, scrolled up very little, so, I rolled it on the paper again, for about 30 seconds, and could feel roughness, I kept rolling the ball until the roughness went away. Afterwards, the mouse worked great!

    89 of 104 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    How to fix your scroll wheel on the mighty mouse

    • Written by from Winnipeg

    I have given the wired mouse a four star rating only because it looks good, and performs well if {and this is a big IF}: it must be kept clean.
    I use the alcohol swabs you can buy at any drugstore and clean the dirt regularly.
    I too had the scroll wheel start to underperform and not scroll properly, then I learned that if you ran the swab over the wheel and turned at the same time it ran the alcohol down into the mouse and cleaned up the dirt that that had accumulated.
    Within seconds the scroll wheel worked as new.
    And it works well on cleaning the bottom of the mouse that accumulates dirt from any surface you are working on.
    Is the design poor? Yes! But if kept clean it does seem to work o.k.

    15 of 16 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    scroll bar

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    A lot of complaints about the scroll ball not working. I have a solution, as mine gets stuck from time to time and wont work. I put a little rubbing alcohol or Windex on my fingertip and roll the ball up and down. Scroll ball is fixed...works for me everytime! Would give the Mighty Mouse a 5, but only giving it a 4 for the little inconvenience.

    12 of 14 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    All in all, a great mouse.

    • Written by from WINNIPEG

    I've had this mouse for over a year now, and all in all I have to say it's a great mouse. It's not perfect (hence 4 stars), yes the scroll ball occasionally stops working, but that's not enough of a flaw to write the mouse off. I've used other mice in the past from different manufacturers who all had there own inherent flaws, some with similar problems.

    In my experience, when it does stop scrolling, it's easy to clean and get working again. All I've ever had to do is take a lint free cloth and roll it around the wheel firmly and vigorously for a few moments and it's functioning fine again for a couple months. If you use an alcohol swab for a couple rolls first, then switch to the cloth, it seems to clean even better. I'd say the features and functionality outweigh this minor flaw by a long shot.

    That's the bad, and for the good;

    It scrolls in all directions with a clickable scroll wheel, has right/left click buttons, and right/left side buttons and all the buttons can be completely customized by assigning them to do virtually whatever function you want.

    These capabilities are all incredibly valuable to me and I just don't see another mouse out there that can match these features and still provide an ergonomic, comfortable experience. That's right I said it, ergonomic. Personally, I find this mouse to be one of the most comfortable ones I've ever used.

    3 of 4 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    It's all true--the good and the bad

    • Written by from Brooklyn

    I think I've been really lucky with my mouse. I have had my mouse since it came out (four, five years ago?). Anyway, I have that very same mouse to this day. I have absolutely experienced frustration with it--sometimes it stops scrolling, sometimes it stops moving at all. It's at these times I have slammed it down in frustration and suddenly it starts working again. I obviously don't recommend this. I'm just telling you what it's like for me.

    I have many Apple friends and ALL of their mouses stopped working in the first six months. I wonder sometimes if they should have waited for it to "come back" or if their mice were truly dead. For these reasons, it is very hard for me to rate this product but I will give it four stars since I am using mine as we speak.

    1 of 5 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    pretty sweet...

    • Written by from Fontana

    i run ubuntu windows and leopard this mouse works perfect on all of my os' the side buttons which trigger expose are used as the previous page button while running the net, takes some getting use to.

    4 of 10 people found this useful