• 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Incredible features, bad design.

    • Written by from Colorado Springs

    I love using this mouse, but it drives me insane. The 360 scroll ball breaks so easily. It just stops working randomly. But, when it works, this mouse is very fun and helpful to use.

    5 of 7 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Looks cool, on your desk, but that's about it.

    • Written by from Savannah

    I do a lot of graphic design, so I was looking forward to having a scroll ball on top of the mouse that would allow me to manipulate the horizontal scroll bar as well as the vertical.

    Positives:

    - Scroll ball is extremely useful for any type of graphic design and large web pages.
    - Looks really cool.

    Negatives:

    - Even at its highest tracking speed, it's unacceptably slow.
    - Since the "button" is one-piece, you have to move your middle finger all the way to the right side of the mouse to right-click. Otherwise, it misinterprets it for a left-click. Only solution is to make the “peace sign” with your right hand to keep your index and middle finger far enough apart.
    - Makes a cheap creaky plastic sound every time you click something.

    I REALLY like scroll ball thingee, but this particular mouse has too many problems to make it worth putting up with.

    6 of 9 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    more often frustrating than useful

    • Written by from Wilson

    There are a number of problems I have with this mouse.

    1. Keeping it clean - I feel that I have to clean this every other day to keep the scroll wheel to work.

    2. I had to disable the side buttons and the middle button because no matter how much I tried, they were just so much more sensitive than buttons on other mice and I was always accidentally pressing one.

    3. Like the cords on some other Apple products, my mouse cord began to fray right by the USB connector. The wires are coming out and though I'm trying to keep it together for the time being, it's not going to last long.

    4 of 5 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Mighty Mouse

    • Written by from Las Vegas

    I think the mouse isn't so mighty. Its functions are nice and it fits in my hand, but I have gone through 6 or so mice due to scroll ball failure. I have tried cleaning and them, even tried a regiment of cleaning. They still fail.

    3 of 3 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Garbage if you can't clean the scroll wheel

    • Written by from Seattle

    I love the mouse and especially the scroll wheel, but it gets dirty and gunky, even if you are like Monk (like me) but that's just the nature of things...

    Now that would be OK as I love opening things up and cleaning them, (like the old roller style mouses, you'd have to take the ball out and clean the little rollers, this is the same, but the rollers are much tinier and you have to remove the box and ball and the 4 rollers are not mounted, but just "there" )

    but no reliable way to open this and clean it without breaking open the ring, unplugging both ribbon cables, and cleaning the little bitty rollers, doesn't always go back together so nicely and you have to redo it, because one little roller is slightly off. And then you have to glue the outer ring back on. And its not always dirt, either, as sometimes these little rollers get pushed back and

    I've seen all the posts about how to clean it without opening it up, but after seeing what it looks like opened up, no way any of those other methods are really truly gonna clean the rollers, a stop-gap measure at best, and with opening this thing so tedious and fragile, looks like the only way after a while is to buy a new one...

    But that would be okay, if Apple didn't charge 2-3x what other folks charge for a device that didn't last nearly as long....

    4 of 5 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Scroll Constantly Fails

    • Written by from Santa Monica

    The mouse looks nice but the ball is tempermental. Almost every other day, the ball fails to function properly and I can't scroll down. I've checked online chats and this seems to be a very common problem. You have to push the ball really hard and get it to start up again or use a wet paper towel to clean it. I've only had this mouse for a short time. Every other "free" mouse I've gotten with my former PCs worked forever with no problems. So annoying.

    5 of 7 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Not so mighty mouse

    • Written by from London

    A big gimmick. Lousy control, won't work on desk or mouse mat as sometimes the pointer just flies across the screen for no reason and goes where it likes. Reasonable response only achieved by using a paper notepad to scroll over. It came with the iMac I just bought, and is the weakest part of the system. really annoying to use. Will be replacing it.

    6 of 9 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Disappointing Product

    • Written by from Mont-Royal

    I am new to the Apple world and I must say that I am generally impressed. Unfortunately, that does not extend to the MM which is quite disappointing. Here is my review:

    PROS:
    -Looks
    -Complete compatibility with OS X
    -The mini-trackball is very useful

    CONS:
    -Right clicks do not work properly, which is extremely annoying. You basically have to take your other finger off the mouse for right clicks to work (it took me some research time to understand what was going on at first). In my view, this by itself is enough not to use this mouse.
    -The 4th "squeeze button" is difficult to use and its operation is not smooth.
    -The cursor sometimes "jumps" unexpectedly for no reason.

    Verdict: Not useable for games and a pain to use with everything else, especially because of the right click issue. Use something else.

    5 of 7 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Nice design, inherently flawed

    • Written by from Troy

    On the surface, Apple's mouse looks great. It adheres to the old one-button look, with having two click functionality. It introduces new functions with the scroll ball, which is fantastic.

    But in these items lie its problems. The solid shell prevents a user from being able to click right and click left simultaneously, which is useful in some circumstances. The scroll ball gets dirty, and is not easily cleaned, causing it to jam and prevent you from scrolling in certain directions, or at all.

    The pressure sensitive buttons on the sides, while fitting within the design asthetic, sometimes get triggered accidentally, and for some folks just get turned off altogether.

    It's a step in the right direction, but ultimately it needs more time on the drawing board before it can ever be called a winner.

    3 of 3 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    BallsUp

    • Written by from CENTENNIAL PARK

    i have had my mine for almost a year now and my 2nd as i had wireless 1st and it became annoying due to battery power alerts too short and then nothing... regardless of what battery types. i now have this one and the ball will go left , right and up, but it doesn't scroll down ... AT ALL., maybe in the 1st month if i recall..... tried the cleaning....etc etc.
    APPLE needs a new design, streamline does NOT always equal functionality, however i do like the white creamy finnish, i'm sure a strong sturdy design as long as the colour is white would still work.

    4 of 5 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Scroll needs a major fix - DO NOT BUY

    • Written by from Tinton Falls

    Like many others have said, the mouse is extremely cool the first time you pick it up and use it but a few weeks later, say good bye to being able to scroll. It get dirty so fast, it's ridiculous that Apple wants $50 for a new one. I can do everything put scroll down with this mouse. Very disappointing Apple.

    8 of 13 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Shocked and Appalled!

    • Written by from Friendswood

    When it works, it's great. When it's dead it dies when you are on a short deadline. This is my second half dead mouse. The first mouse lasted 1.5 years, the second less than 7 months before the track ball stopped working. I've cleaned them with alcohol, scrolled them while upside-down, left, right and sideways. This only fixed one mouse. The second wont scroll down. Forced to use my grungy old Sony mouse from my door-stopper computer! Shame on you Apple. These should have been upgraded by now.

    9 of 15 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    A merely precocious Mickey, more of an irritant than an ally

    • Written by from KENOSHA

    Mac users are often a pragmatic, impatient breed. This latest mouse came with my 7th or 8th Mac, and insisted on making its presence felt when time was of the essence and I was bearing down hard to meet a manuscript deadline. Suddenly, the screen would light up, darken, take on its own perverse life at cross-purposes with my tasks (and sanity). Of course, the problems were due to my tightening grip, which pushed the extra buttons and nearly sabotaged my projects. I'm sure the thing does all sorts of clever things like summoning up widgets or various screen colors or favorite iTunes, but who needs the hassle. Mine sits in the drawer. Thank goodness I have a couple of fairly functional, single-shot, mono-purpose, rudimentary mice left over from jettisoned iMacs.

    12 of 21 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    I guess I should add one more

    • Written by from San Diego

    Yep... Scroll ball quit working after a month. I'm so pleased with my iMac. I just hate that something so simple has quit on me and detract from my impression. It is very attractive, hence the *extra* star I gave it, but it's average to quite poor in functionality. C'mon Apple!!

    3 of 3 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Could be Great

    • Written by from Riverside

    I have both the wireless and the wired. The problem with the wired is that on OS X 10.5.1 the cursor randomly jumps to a corner or some other mysterious place and moving the mouse doesn't make it appear right away so you have to keep moving the mouse around until you can find the cursor. On the wired mouse and the wireless mouse the scroll ball will quit working in one direction or the other or both and on the wireless mouse the right button will mysteriously stop working.

    I think I have found a fix for the scroll ball and that is to spray Isopropyl alcohol on the ball and take a paper towel and work it until it is clean of oils and dirt that must get in it. Mine started working after that. I would give these units a 5 star rating if Apple would address these issues and create a better mouse.

    6 of 9 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Was good...

    • Written by from Gahanna

    Same Problem. Great mouse until I couldn't scroll down anymore.

    3 of 3 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    DISAPPOINTED!

    • Written by from Vista

    After only 8 months, the Mighty Mouse scroll ball is giving up. I can still scroll left and right, but now, the up and down scroll ball appears to be dirty ... it only works about half of the time.
    The mouse also appears to be too sensitive at times ... it does some funny stuff, like magnify the screen contents (???) I have no idea which button I pushed to do that .. then of course, I couldn't get it to stop. Probably 'cockpit' trouble ... or maybe it just has TOO many features.

    I'M GENERALLY DISAPPOINTED IN THE OPERATION OF THE APPLE MIGHTY MOUSE!

    4 of 5 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Great!! If you don't mind buying a new one after a every year!

    • Written by from Edmonton

    This mouse worked great for about a year then the problems started. The scroll bar and the laser tracking actually still work fine, the problems I started having were with the sensitivity of the top shell and the side buttons. While I would be scrolling over windows on a web page or even folders on my desktop it would click down on it's own and open new windows and folders by itself! A little frustrating it you are trying to get some work done. The side buttons, which i had set to expose all windows and apps windows would constantly be going on and off and the dashboard would always open by itself (this was my center button). I did try to clean it but this didn't work, and bringing it to the apple store and having them try the fix it isn't worth $60/hr so i just bought a new one, hopefully it will last longer than a year!

    4 of 5 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Great looks, poor functioning

    • Written by from Washington

    The Good:
    -Simple and elegant
    -Multi-directional scroll ball is very helpful and fast

    The Bad:
    -The short length of the cord requires that you attach the mouse to the USB on the side of the keyboard. When you do so, the mouse has limited area to move because the cord is in the way. When the cord is pressed against the front of the mouse, it becomes impossible to click (either right or left) as the top shell cannot collapse to complete the click.

    4 of 5 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    scroll button not a up scroll button

    • Written by from malibu

    After a year or so of scroll button problems that could be fixed with a hard spin, the button is now dead. I like the design, but I like a functioning scroll button too.

    6 of 9 people found this useful