• 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Left click? RIght click? Whatevah!

    • Written by from Cambridge

    A terrible mouse whose "buttonless" design renders it incapable of distinguishing left and right clicks reliably. You will find that any click on either has a 20% chance to be detected as the opposite of the side you actually pressed. This unacceptable attribute was shouldered in pursuit of the single-piece plastic cover -- a poor choice indeed.

    What do I like about the mouse? I think the scroll orb is nice for combining horizontal and vertical scroll functions without being needlessly large.

    If you want a wired mouse, go get a $15 Microsoft Basic USB. The only thing you surrender is horizontal scrolling, but you get the truly essential: two buttons that actually WORK.

    16 of 18 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by

    I have owned plenty of "mouses" in my lifetime and the Mighty Mouse is by far the sorriest.

    What is so annoying about it? Imagine surfing online and when you go to left click, (which is nothing but a command to stabilize your curser) the command all of a sudden turns into a right click command. Suddenly your right click and left click become one and the same. Absolutely annoying. On top of that, the scrolling ball will act up as well. Sometimes the ball will allow you to scroll up, only to refuse to scroll down. After getting beyond frustrated, I shutdown and restart my Mac, hoping it will resolve the issue. Within minutes of the reboot, I can scroll down with the scroll ball, only to be denied of scrolling back up. Completely insane.

    It's 2008, folks. I cannot believe a mouse can be this bad.

    29 of 44 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    HP was Right!!!

    • Written by from OWENS CROSS ROADS

    Thanks HP On 2/18/08 post about Trackball on MM. I was a little upset about my trackball problem and performed your handy tip and you were right VOILA! It is back to normal...I guess the kids cannot have anything near my new beautiful iMac. I am very excited. I thought I was going to run over to the Apple store and buy another one. All the best from Huntsville, AL (Rocket City)

    26 of 38 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Cool look, awful to use

    • Written by from Topeka

    I've never had to think about using a mouse before.

    The track ball clogs up, the side buttons are easy to inadvertently activate, right-clicking is always an adventure, and the cable always seems to get in the way.

    23 of 32 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Scroll Ball Will Break

    • Written by from Omaha

    I have now purchased 4 Mighty Mice and every single one has broke. After about 3 months of heavy use the scroll ball is guaranteed to break. Otherwise I love this mouse. However, I am finally going to have to stop purchasing this mouse in favor of one that will last. Warning: Only purchase this if you can afford to replace it a few times a year.

    17 of 20 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great mouse, just not amazing

    • Written by from Waxhaw

    Yes this mouse has many flaws, but most are easily fixed. The biggest one seems to be the scroll ball. I searched online for answers, actually found this one on Apple's community support page.

    Just unplug the mouse, turn it upside down, and press the scroll ball onto a clean sheet of paper and rub it somewhat fiercely, to clean the ball and restore functionality.

    I have used it in Windows 7 and Mac OS Snow Leopard. Loved the customization of Mac OS, install the drivers, (search apple's website for windows drivers) and it's a wonderful little addition to your computer.

    (if using for a desktop, go buy a usb extension cable unless your keyboard has usb ports) The cord is very short but keep in mind it was designed to work with the Apple keyboards which have built in usb ports to minimize cord clutter, since wireless peripherals didn't always exist.

    13 of 13 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Easy Scroll Ball fix. Really!

    • Written by from Concord

    Yes, when it works it desearves five stars. But I don't know why Apple, after all these years, doesn't include this simple, effective solution to "clean" the malfunctioning Scroll Ball that eventually may get clogged with even invisible particles (skin cells?) in even the cleanest operating environments. Just get any can of "air," a compressed-gas duster that is typically used for camera lenses, etc., and attach the thin tube nozzle extension. Position the tip straight down onto the side of the Scroll Ball and gently depress it (the center click function) to open the small crack around the ball and usually just one gentle puff of air will dislodge the dirt from any of the tiny stuck wheels inside. Your wonderful Apple Mouse Scroll Ball will start working again. If Apple was smart, they would sell a small can of air as a recommended maintenance accessory for this terrifically-designed mouse.

    17 of 21 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Aaalmost great

    • Written by from Sao Paulo

    The Apple Mouse (previously known as Mighty Mouse) is just a fantastic piece of technology. Its design is quite obvious - once you start to use it - and makes you wonder "why someone hasn't come with this idea before?" in amazement. The only negative point is that you can't take it apart to clean its innards. The 'nipple' scroll ball gets stuck after a few months, yes. A few drops of isopropyl alcohol on it is enough to get it up and running again, though. That's the only thing keeping me to give this a full 5 star review. Despite all these negative reviews - I can't argue with them: the ball DOES stuck - this IS a very well designed and crafted mouse.

    16 of 19 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

    Just needs a good cleaning

    • Written by from Scranton

    We've had our Mighty Mouse for two years and love it, but like others experience frustration with the trackball not working.

    I combined two tips I read online, and after months of not working, my trackball is now like new again.

    I got a pre-moistened alcohol wipe and put it down on a hard surface. Then I turned the Mighty Mouse upside down and rubbed the trackball firmly in all directions over the alcohol wipe. Just wiping the mouse with the alcohol wipe had done nothing to improve its performance, so I was skeptical, but the combination of alcohol and pressure did the trick, and now it's working just fine again.

    14 of 15 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Cleaning the scroll ball

    • Written by from ANTHEM

    You can clean the scroll ball using a can of compressed air to blow out the dirt and wipe the ball with an alcohol wipe. It is annoying when the scroll ball stops working but the above is a quick and easy fix.

    13 of 13 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Works well for 6-9 months

    • Written by from Portland

    The mouse works well until about 6-9 months when the scroll ball will stop working in one direction due to dirt buildup. Even if you clean the mouse frequently this will happen. The worst Apple product that I have used. Design over function.

    15 of 17 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Repair of scroll function

    • Written by from Rydal

    Best advice, per prior reviewer:
    "ball problem quick fix!
    Written by KT from Roswell
    Nov 16, 2008"

    My ball stopped scrolling UP after 9 months - Scrolling down, and everything else worked OK. Rolled the ball with my finger wet with rubbing alcohol a few minutes; wiped clean with Kleenex and repeated 4 times untll no dirt showed. Maybe we should wash our hands every time before booting!

    14 of 15 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    scroll ball problems

    • Written by from PUEBLO

    This is my second mouse since I purchased my computer about a year ago. When the scroll ball on this one quit functioning, I just sprayed it with electronic cleaner, both on the ball and on the bottom and it began to function properly immediately. No fuss, no residue. Apple should sell this type of product.

    Old lady Mac fan

    14 of 15 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    How to fix your rollerball

    • Written by from Austin

    Like many of you I was extremely frustrated when my mouse started to malfunction. Fortunately all I had to do was take an alcohol prep pad and wipe down the mouse thoroughly (hold down rollerball and roll it use prep pad) my mouse started to work immediately. Hope this little tid bit helps.

    14 of 15 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from Traverse City

    The mouse that came with my spring 08 iMac died in a few days - replacement has held up for almost a day now, we'll see.

    Couple of caveats - useful features, all in the mouse control panel, like zoom, are by default tied to keys that are commonly used in other programs (ctrl to activate zoom) - be wary of zoom (if your pointer wheel goes bad zoomed in) - also - if you use spaces, you can't deactivate zoom while in spaces, so if you're zoomed in a gajillion percent on a photo, and move to the spaces screen, no amount of scrolling will get you to another space.

    Only way I've found around is to click the space I'm in (or hit esc), zoom back out to close to normal, then use spaces. Also be aware of your zoom functionality if enabled - it doesn't discriminate. Again, the zoom keyboard command mappings - highly recommend to change them to something not used by anything else on your box... or just turn zoom off.

    Tracking is ok for an optical... tried it on gamepads and foam, doesn't seem to matter much - it's an optical not much more to say there.

    Right clicking (contextual menus) are in nearly every program now, and while the MM can be right click enabled, or you can use ctrl-click - it's nowhere near as as responsive as a regular two button mouse... I've just decided to click on the very very outer edge to make sure - an awkward move, being used to lightly tapping a regular two button mouse.

    I must have bagged the bad combo here, cuz I've got lag in the keyboard and mouse (fiddled with the control panel, still unpredictable), and they're wired... mondo, whatever.

    Fingertip moisture, from whatever source (just drank a cold soda? sweaty?) - turns that wheel into a slippery sucker fast - actually, the hard shell and slippery shape I don't like at all, but it's holding me out until I decide on "The Replacement".

    41 of 69 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Thank you, Kensington

    • Written by from Brooklyn

    My track ball stopped working, again, but this time in the scroll down instead of up. Again, I reached for my 8 year old kensington mouse (solid parts) no external scroll or perturbing scroll, or however the *^%$# you want to put it, and continued with my work.

    15 of 17 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Frustrating Buttons

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    What Apple doesn't tell you is that you can only click one button at a time.

    The problem this causes for most users is that *any* pressure on one of the other buttons will prevent the others from being clicked - frustrating if you're used to resting your fingers across the top of the mouse while you use it.

    19 of 25 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Terrible device

    • Written by from Kearny

    Scroll ball stopped scrolling after one month of use. Doesn't work on some surfaces that my Logitech works on.

    13 of 14 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Scroll wheel never works properly

    • Written by from SHERMAN OAKS

    Nice design, but i've had to replace the mouse 4 times over a two year period. Why? The scroll wheel stops working after a couple of months, due the the poor design of the small ball. I am a clean person, do not use food, or have dirty hands when using keyboard/mouse, yet even the smallest amount of natural accumulated dirt will render the scroll wheel inoperable.

    14 of 16 people found this useful