• 1.0 out of 5 stars

    How the Mighty Mouse Has Fallen

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    In the space of four years I have had six or seven of what used to be called "Mighty Mouse." All have malfunctioned. And all have been replaced at my local Apple Store. The scroll ball stops functioning -- and nothing I do can fix it. This may well be the worst product ever produced by Apple. And I note that it is now called "Apple Mouse," the misnomer "Mighty" having been abandoned -- for good reason.

    I use an Imac -- and It is very frustrating to constantly experience the same problem with each successive mouse. Can't Apple, clearly the world's most sophisticated technology company, make a simple wired mouse that doesn't repeatedly fail?

    21 of 24 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Hate this!

    • Written by from LAGUNA NIGUEL

    I used this mouse in journalism and photoshop classes and I cannot deal with it! The ball never works and it is not ergonomically correct at all. I would not recommend this at any price.

    25 of 32 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Been through too many of these things...

    • Written by from London

    I am on my third mouse and have given up replacing it. When I get a new one it will work fine for awhile but then it will only scroll in one direction. Shortly after that it will stop scrolling all together. They have all had the same problem.

    23 of 28 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from Putney

    Have been having rollerball trouble for months now. have tried various methods of cleaning, soft cloth, paper towel, water, alcohol. Some work sometimes, not other times.
    Time for Apple to design a new one that works all the time. And then replace all the defective ones out there gratis. Let's go guys... do it now!

    22 of 26 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from Carbondale

    I agree with those complaining about this mouse. The rollerball thing stopped working after three months (it now only scrolls up).

    I also find the side button squeeze feature more a distraction than a help, though others may have better luck with this.

    Apple ought to recall this mouse and provide costumers with a better one.

    19 of 20 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 19 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Mighty Frustrating Mouse

    • Written by from Stewiacke

    I love Apple products, but I have to admit disappointment with the Mighty Mouse. I unfairly blamed my wife for using it with greasy fingers, and applied alcohol with a Q-tip to clean the rollers. It would work correctly some of the time. Now that the Magic Mouse is out, I've got one on order.

    No sooner did I place the order for the Magic Mouse, I noticed that the click function on the roller ball no longer worked. In fact, I could hear a buzzing/zapping sound like shorting electricals coming from the mouse. I had blamed older software or possible spyware for the recent decline in performance of my 1 1/2 year old iMac, but this buzzing was the roller ball permanently depressed, sending a continual signal to the computer. I took the mouse from my 10 year old iMac and have it on this one.

    I'm eagerly awaiting the Magic Mouse and while I'll probably disassemble the Mighty Mouse to see if I can fix the problem, I doubt I'll ever use it again.

    19 of 21 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Hate it!

    • Written by from Madison

    The ball that allows u to scroll up and down always gets locked up and still rolls, but you are unable to actually scroll the page! For how much you pay for a MAC you'd think they'd give u a well working mouse along with it!

    19 of 21 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Poor Design

    • Written by from Philadelphia

    I was very excited when apple released this mouse, knowing that as a designer this scroll ball would definitely speed up productivity. However, after a few months of use, it's clear that this mouse is a result of poor design! The slight open areas between the ball and plastic do nothing but collect dirt and dust. Therefore causing the roller ball to only work in one direction if at all.

    Even after using several cleaning methods, from air cans, to cleaning wipes, eventually the thing will just become inoperable.

    Come on Apple, with all the technology you come up with, you can do better than this. For $50 it's not worth the frustration this mouse causes!!!! So do what you do best, and make something simple and not worth it, into something better and useful.

    18 of 19 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Issues with the scroll ball

    • Written by from Indianapolis

    The scroll ball works great when it works, but it is very unreliable.

    19 of 21 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Cool, then eventually worthless

    • Written by from Pasadena

    I was one of those people that was so impressed with what I thought was finally a mouse that got it right. Boy, was I wrong.

    I've had two of these, one at work and one at home. The mini scroll ball constantly clogs up and even flipping it upside-down and rolling it about (as recommended to maintain it online) will only work so long.

    The "buttons" are at best buggy. After nearly a year of use, I still have a high degree of accidental miss-clicks. The mouse really wants to be a one button mouse, which is fine if you're a life long Mac user, but less than ideal for those of us that came from Windows, Linux and Unix backgrounds.

    The fourth button also has a tendency to go haywire too, which can be particularly awkward if you enable it for Spaces or Exposé.

    Eventually the mouse completely the fails and you have to disable scrolling and right-clicking, and you'll be forced to buy another one, or just go back to a regular scroll mouse.

    19 of 21 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from Jupiter

    I bought this mouse yesterday and when you click it is sometimes squeaky and the trackball gets pushed out of place sometimes. But overall its a decent mouse.

    34 of 51 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Sorry to see it go...

    • Written by from Newport Beach

    I love this mouse, but it didn't last more than 4 months. I have tried to clean it and get the scroll ball to work again, but it's useless - it just won't scroll down anymore. Anyway, don't buy this mouse until Apple resolves the issue with the scroll ball.

    31 of 45 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Stickie Mouse

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    I found the same problem with the scroll ball. I tried the canned air first before taking it apart, and it seemed to work. I will keep using it, until it sticks again and keeps me from scrolling up/down, left/right. Just direct the spray nozzel of the canned air, or air hose from compressor(low psi) and it dislodged whatever was jamming the ball.

    38 of 59 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Bit the dust in 24 days!

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    Bit the dust in 24 days!

    37 of 57 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Nice but...

    • Written by from Cary

    I purchased this mouse so I could use it frequently with Photoshop in repairing photos and scrolling and multiple angles to check out different parts and to fix them.

    However right around 40 days of use the thing just stopped working for the scrolling feature and gave out entirely. It's now completely useless and I'm very upset with it as everything is a pain to now manually go to the right and scroll bar on the right side of everything and fixing photos is now nearly impossible to do with this thing as it now incorrectly scrolls up randomly all the time messing up anything I'm doing whether it's surfing on ways to fix it or fixing my photos.

    Mainly it was great at first but I don't feel the durability of this product gives up to other things from Apple and it's a great letdown. Mainly just upset as it's a fantastic product at first until it breaks; which it'll do far too fast.

    37 of 57 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    DO NOT BUY THIS MOUSE!!!!!!!!!!

    • Written by from Fairfax

    IF you buy a mac and this mouse comes with your mac. Throw it away or never use. Do not buy this mouse. I have gone through two of them already. This is the absolute worse mouse to use. Apple really screwed up on this. Buy a logitech or Microsoft mouse for your mac. Trust me

    32 of 47 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Nice mouse but scroll wheel gets messed up easily

    • Written by from Mountain View

    This would be a great mouse except that the scroll wheel gets gunked up easily. I read that you could clean it by flipping it over and rubbing the wheel on a piece of paper. That seems to work but it just broke the last time I did it. Now the buttons don't even work.

    This mouse is too expensive to have a flaw like this.

    27 of 37 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Flawless mouse, but short cord

    • Written by from Hamilton

    I've been using this mouse since I purchased my iMac in October and it still works like new. I haven't had to clean the scroll ball once, but then again, I'm a chronic hand-washer. Right/left clicking works flawlessly as well. My only complaint is the very (ridiculously) short cord. I'm forced to use the mouse directly under my computer, which is quite frustrating and uncomfortable given the design of my desk.

    23 of 29 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    50 50

    • Written by from Newbury Park

    i do and dont like this mouse. Yes, it may scroll both ways, but sometimes, it wont scroll up, its a easy fix, but even the left clicker stops working and acts as the right clicker.

    22 of 27 people found this useful