• 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Apple Mouse $49 USB Secret

    • Written by from Castroville

    The scroll ball eventually gets dirty. I have had several and they are expensive for a mouse that only lasts for an extended time before the scroll ball starts to fail. However I like the feel and performance of the mouse, and it doesn't use up batteries like some others. The secret to extending the mouse performance is to use a zero residue contact cleaner and spray the scroll ball and work it while the mouse is upside down. This will give you back your mouse performance for an extended time before you have to do it again.

    5 of 5 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    scroll wheel fix

    • Written by from Indianapolis

    If the scroll wheel malfunctions, just rub some alcohol over it with a cloth back and forth and it will work again because the oil that got on it from your finger will be removed. A great product except when it malfunctions, but it's easy to fix.

    2 of 2 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    The mouse has worked well for me for years.

    • Written by from West Des moines

    I have Apple products at home, but we have Windows machines where I work. So, I bought an Apple wired keyboard and this wired mouse. I think I have been using it for over 4 years. I had a tracking software that said I click it about as many times as I hit a key on the keyboard. I think the mouse movement is over a mile a year. I am an application developer, so I am at the keyboard all day. I use the scroll all the time to navigate large documents and web pages. I must keep my hands clean, because I have never had to clean the scroll button. I have read several people say they have problem cleaning, but it has not been an issue. I hold the mouse so much that I think I am starting to wear the paint off. The sides are showing a greenish hue. I assume that is the underlying plastic and there is discoloration around the place I typically push for left click.

    1 of 1 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great mouse, easy to clean the scroll ball

    • Written by from Cincinnati

    This mouse is a mouse. Sleek design and despite all other reviewers complaints about the scroll ball, all you need is a q-tip and some rubbing alcohol. Unplug the mouse, get the alcohol all over the ball and spin in place until the gunk inside the mouse starts to come out. Keep cleaning with q-tips and alcohol and you will have a working scroll ball in no time. No need to replace every few months, just might want to try washing your hands more.

    5 of 5 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Simple cleaning tip for the ickle bally

    • Written by from Ramat Beit Shamesh

    All these people that complain about the ickle bally not working, here is a way to make it all soft and fluffy again - get a baby wipe and rub it backwards and forwards and side to side over the ickle bally (in the same way you move your fingers) and it gets all better. Alternatively chuck it in the bin when it gets dirty, personally I'm not that rich :-)

    3 of 4 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Good mouse

    • Written by from Schenectady

    I bought a new iMac and stupidly decided to get the "Magic" Mouse. Go read the reviews for that...I should have. That mouse is complete garbage. I had to swap the wired keyboard and wired mouse from my mini to the new iMac (the wireless keyboard is fine, I guess, if you like the layout which matches the laptops).

    As far as this mouse goes, I like it just fine. After a few years the ball got gummed up and I had to take it apart to clean it, but no big deal for me. I would get another one.

    2 of 3 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    The best mouse. Period.

    • Written by from Dartmouth

    Yes scroll ball will be unreliable if you are riding in dirt and not keeping it clean.

    I have two of these and am getting a third. Simple. And 4 button mouse is absolutely needed if you use your Mac for business. Expose and Spaces (need Total Spaces now for Mountian Lion). I have a Magic Mouse and do not like it - it is missing the side buttons and the 3rd mouse button.

    Nothing but thumbs up on this. And the main reason I only give it the 4 stars is the fact that the scroll ball in the mouse with about 100K on it will become unreliable - so go get it fixed/cleaned...!

    It's a $45 dollar mouse, not $90.

    :)

    6 of 7 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great mouse but cable too short

    • Written by from CHIPMAN

    I love this mouse, have had it for years without any problems whatsoever -- but doesn't Apple know that some of us use desktop computers with pull-out drawers?

    In order to use it with the standard cord I had too have the monitor much to close, and I suffered like this until I ordered a USB cable extension. (Am I the only person who didn't know such extensions existed?)

    3 of 4 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great mouse, but...

    • Written by from CAMARILLO

    This is a great mouse and I love using it. The scroll ball is really natural way to scroll through web pages and documents, BUT you will have to maintain it. It frequently collects dusk and debris as well as oil from your fingers. Best way to keep it working is to use some isopropyl alcohol and work the scroll ball. The other thing is that Apple wants $49, which seems rather steep to me. I don't remember paying that much for it 3 yrs ago.

    7 of 8 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Like it.

    • Written by from dorchester

    I've had the mouse for a long time now (about 3 months) and it works just fine. I like it because it is more comfortable to my hand than the magic mouse. I just think its a little pricey for a wired mouse.

    8 of 9 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    How to clean the scroll wheel

    • Written by from Miami Beach

    I have had on going problems with the scroll wheel only working to scroll downward. I tried cleaning it with numerous products to no avail, until now.

    Use a dry Mr. Clean Magic Eraser. A couple of wipes while pressing down lightly on the ball and VOILA! It works as good as new!

    72 of 75 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Mouse

    • Written by from Riverport

    Found the suggestion by David F of 4Apr12 to be most helpful. Now happily scrolling instead of having to use the scroll bar on the side. Thanks for the great tip.

    8 of 9 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Just got it

    • Written by from Newport

    i just got it like a half an hour ago, its awesome but i still kinda like to use the trackpad haha but im pretty sure i will just use it for gaming, and i think its a little overpriced.

    8 of 18 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    cleans up GREAT!

    • Written by from Holland

    Lately, I've had increasing trouble with the track ball on my (original) three-year old mouse. After reading suggestions here, I cleaned it first with a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser, then with rubbing alcohol on a clean cloth. Afterwards, I rolled it around on a clean sheet of paper. Voila! It works like new! No need to spend $50 on a new device; this one is back to like-new condition!

    5 of 6 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

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    A Mr. Clean Magic Eraser...

    • Written by from Pharr

    ...works best to clean the scroll ball. Using scissors, cut off a small piece of the Magic Eraser (because you don't need to waste an entire one). Dampen it, lay it on a flat sturdy surface and then turn the Apple Mouse upside down and roll the scroll ball along the Magic Eraser horizontally and then vertically. Then use a paper towel or a lint free cloth to dry it. I did this with the wireless version and it worked great. I gave it four stars because it's a really good mouse, wired or wireless. It would have been five stars if the scroll ball had been a touch sensor instead. Then, like optical mice, they wouldn't need to be cleaned on a regular basis.

    21 of 21 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    After 4 years... Great! (And it works with Linux)

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    Works as advertised- great with my iMac. The assignable side buttons are a real timesaver if you set them as "Show all Windows"
    Also works very well on my IBM laptops running Ubuntu Linux.
    Wish the cable was a few inches longer, as all of the USB ports on my laptop are on the left side or back. I can use the Apple Mouse left handed just as well as right handed though.

    The only issues I've had is after 4 years of (constant) use are the cable wearing at the USB plug, and the scroll ball becomming so gummed up that I could only scroll up and left. After dissasembly and cleaning (not easy, BTW) scrolling works just fine again.

    I wish that Apple would make a BlueTooth version of this mouse, rather than just the BT magic mouse...

    2 of 2 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Besides bit short on the cable side, Might mouse is better than the Magic

    • Written by from Miami

    The cable is extremely short. However this mouse is wired, so it's performance is better than the wireless magic mouse. It is also much lighter, so moving it around won't be much effort compared to the all glass/aluminum magic mouse.

    I use a USB extension cable to plug it to my iMac, and it works great. Also got more keys than the Magic Mouse. The middle button and the side button is all customizable.

    Highly recommended.

    5 of 5 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

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    You can Clean it...

    • Written by from brooklyn

    I know everyone lambasts the ball and I was on your side until I read up on a simple way to clean it out. All you gotta do is turn it over and rub the ball on a piece of paper. You'll likely see some nasty dark streaks appear if you're doing it properly. The equivalent of pencapping the tracking wheels from the pre-laser mice of yore. Now you can eat the greasiest of chips to combat blood sugar issues as you continue to work on with impunity. With this simple maintenance trick, the mouse here in the studio has been working flawlessly for years.

    45 of 50 people found this useful