• 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Utter failure in execution of a great idea.

    • Written by from Brooklyn

    This would be the best mouse I've ever used, but the scroll ball problem everyone mentions is unavoidable and is exasperating. When the mouse works, it is phenomenally efficient. When the scroll ball stops—and it will—you will want to murder someone.

    None of the cleaning solutions work reliably. All are a nuisance. Apple not only guaranteed problems by using a mechanical scroll ball, but they guaranteed a hellish time for anyone trying to fix the problems, by GLUING the assembly shut. Jesus, what were they thinking.

    I tried the Magic mouse, as an alternative and wanted to love it. Unfortunately I find it borderline unuseable. It's great for casual use, web surfiing etc,, but lacks precision for serious work and it frequently flps out when your hand brushes near it by mistake.

    I'm hoping Magic Mouse 2.0 (if such a thing is coming) solves these problems, because all the other solutions on the market are frustrating.

    Come on Apple. Please attend to these not so minor details with your engineering might.

    10 of 10 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Keep the track ball clean and its fine.

    • Written by from Bloomington

    After thinking that I needed a new mouse I stumbled onto the paper technique of cleaning the track ball of my apple mighty mouse. Voila! it worked! Tried it on another mighty mouse and it too became fully functional! Just keep it clean! Oils from fingers combined with dust in the air must collect on the ball and compromise its function. Two of ours work great now, when they didn't before.

    6 of 8 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    The paper method plus

    • Written by from San Luis Obispo

    The roller ball clog is a huge, ongoing problem. But, I tried the paper method discussed earlier (unplugging mouse and rolling the ball on a piece of paper) and it partially worked. So, I took it a step further and rolled the ball on a hand sanitizer sheet and it worked great. Hope this helps.

    5 of 7 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    This is a no go!

    • Written by from South Lee

    Mine only scrolls down and then not very well. I wouldn't by another at the cost when I can get a working one for a fraction of the price. Good idea but don't waste your money.

    5 of 5 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    only a single button at a time

    • Written by from Redmond

    The Apple Mouse only has the ability to record a single button press on the pressure-sensitive top area of the mouse. This means that you cannot simultaneously press both the left and right buttons to any effect. If you plan on playing many kinds of games -- including some top-selling titles on the App Store, Steam for Mac, or even various Flash/Web games -- you're going to be very, very disappointed with this mouse.

    For less than the price of this mouse you can get one from almost any other manufacturer that will both work perfectly with all the regular Mac applications as well as with the Mac's growing library of games.

    7 of 7 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Bad mouse, they last me only 10-12 months buy at your own risk

    • Written by from Brooklyn

    Like everyone said the trackball stops working I am currently on my third mouse soon to be called into AppleCare. This is a poorly designed product, while I love the function of the mouse being told I need to clean the trackball by rubbing it on my leg is crazy. I have older mice without the trackball that work fine years and years later, not months. My big complaint is in another two months I'm off AppleCare so I will need a FIFTH MOUSE by next year which I will never buy, just replace with a normal USB mouse instead. I refuse to waste money on a poorly designed product just to match. This mouse should of been designed to be cleaned and no rubbing on your leg or a piece of paper is not something anyone should be forced to do.

    13 of 15 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    MIRACLE PAPER!!!

    • Written by from Mc Kenzie

    Wow! Thanks to whoever discovered the paper trick!! If you're having trouble with the roller ball, unplug the mouse, and roll it on a piece of paper in every direction for a minute or two. fuzz and particles came off on the paper. it works now!! <3

    25 of 29 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    The piece of paper trick works

    • Written by from Miami

    holy smokes it works. i just unplugged the mouse, turned it upside down, and pressed the little round ball scroller on the paper for like 30 seconds, in every direction, and now the scroller is working again. excellent tip, thanks.

    22 of 25 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    I love this mouse!

    • Written by from Calipatria

    I purchased my iMac in 2006 and this is the mouse it came with. I use it very often and still love it. I really love the multi directional scroll ball, and use the side squeezy buttons a lot more than I thought I would.

    Have I found a few quirks? Sure. Sometimes the scroll ball stops tracking up (much better than losing down), but another reviewer gave a tip of rubbing the scroll ball on a clean piece of paper (with the mouse upside down)-- it works every time. The optics do not like the white laminate surface of my desk, nor anything shiny, but it works on most everything else, including my pant leg.

    The click function is easy to work, and I haven't had any problems with over clicking. I really love this mouse and dislike using other ones.

    6 of 7 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Help for cleaning the Apple Mouse

    • Written by from Olympia

    Thanks to @RB from Fort Myer, my Apple Mouse now works again! I've had little trouble with the mouse since 2007 when I bought my Intel based iMac... until yesterday. Then I read RB's post about rolling the trackball on a sheet of clean paper to clean it (make sure the paper is on a hard flat surface) and, viola! For now it is working perfectly again!

    BTW, I also turn off the side buttons... to annoying to use.

    Apple, Steve, whoever is listening, LISTEN to your devoted users, admit that, while beautiful and (for me at least) ergonomic, this design needs work!

    12 of 13 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Awesome!

    • Written by from Woodland Hills

    I LOVE this mouse! I'm writing this review because I've seen negative reviews that are clearly PEBMAC (Problem Exist Between MOUSE and Chair)!

    The people who say the scroll ball gets dirty too fast must not wash their hands... or maybe they wash their hands with sand, either way, if your hands are clean the scroll ball will be too! Also, if it gets dusty (assuming your hands are clean but you live in a saw mill) you can simply use a a can of compressed air to clean it our (hint: spray air while you scroll for a few seconds).

    And for the people who say it randomly clicks for no reason... are you fat? Do you have fat hands? Don't keep your hand resting on the device... duh. Some people have said "it's not ergonomic", look, I use my mouse a lot... A LOT, and its only tough on your hand if you sit all funny and leave your wrist in at a funny angle.

    Stop hating on the mouse, probably the best I've used!

    14 of 17 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    A Great mouse if you are conscientious

    • Written by from LANGLEY

    Like all mice w/roller balls, you have to keep it clean.
    One puff of canned air once a month or two does it.
    I have had two of these for 5-6 years (in addition to a Magic Mouse + and a LogicTech), they still give that nice instant "hands-on" analogue feel that you cannot get with a wireless.

    Just keep it clean!

    12 of 12 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Fantastic

    • Written by from Calgary

    the extra buttons make life way more easier

    5 of 9 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Years Ago It Was Great!

    • Written by from Noblesville

    When I had my first Mac, I really liked this mouse. Now though, owning a Magic Mouse, it is total rubbish. The scroll ball is not very good and the right click is nearly impossible. Unlike the wired Apple keyboard, the wired mouse would not be worth the $20.00 you save.

    6 of 9 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    total rubbish

    • Written by from Bicton

    inaccurate, fiddly and breaks down easily. possibly my least favourite mouse of all time.

    6 of 9 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    A disappointment

    • Written by from Kettering

    There are roughly four years worth of complaints about the trackball here. My system is almost three years old. From the recent postings, it appears that there has been no improvement. That is disappointing. All the recent glitz about new products, but no progress on an improvement.

    I am tired of having to continually clean the trackball (using stronger methods than a piece of paper). The side buttons never did work well for me, so I turned them off. Tracking accuracy is good, I think I am going to replace this mouse with the track pad.

    8 of 11 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Great mouse with huge flaws.

    • Written by from Wilkinsburg

    This is a great mouse in a lot of ways. The design is nice and the features are useful.

    However, there are deal-breaker flaws that prevent me from using it at all.

    The scroll ball constantly gets too dirty to be responsive enough. I have to clean it multiple times each day. This is insane. There's a reason we moved to optical mice over ball ones---mechanical parts get dirty and stop working.

    Plus, the middle click function stopped working (not software, the hardware button isn't engaging properly).

    And, the pressure side-buttons are in a terrible spot, and I can't leave any action enabled for this "button" without accidentally activating it every couple of seconds, just by holding the mouse.

    All in all, if they could fix the problems, it'd be a good mouse, but as it stands it's unusable.

    5 of 9 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    REALLY bad!!

    • Written by from Los Angeles

    This mouse, and especially the scroll ball in this thing, is the worst thing Apple ever mad. Got one, scroll ball bye bye. Got a second one, within a few months, scroll ball bye bye!!! Have a friend with exactly the same problem! And I feel bad too since I suggested he got a magic mouse when he was looking for a new mouse. Horrible horrible horrible!

    6 of 9 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    tracking ball

    • Written by from Verona

    the tracking ball is horrible!
    do not buy!

    14 of 22 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    update this design, please

    • Written by from Gilboa

    I wish Apple would make a new version of this mouse, with a laser assisted ball instead of this one that works using rollers. The ball eventually begins to fail due to the inevitable introduction of dirt and grime.

    With a laser tracker it would work flawlessly.

    This is the most ergonomic and comfortable design Apple has released. The newer "Magic Mouse" is too low and uncomfortable to use. It causes me severe pain in my wrist, whereas this one causes no pain at all.

    18 of 22 people found this useful