• 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Here's How to Fix the Ball

    • Written by from San Diego

    It's a sleek design. The buttons are totally customizable and work great. The biggest problem is that the little ball invariably collects too much dirt to work. Here's a simple way to clean the ball and get back to scrolling in 360 degrees:

    Put a piece of clean paper on your desk. Flip the mouse over so the ball touches the paper. Press on the bottom of the mouse so the ball pushes into the paper. Now move the mouse back and forth in all directions for about 30 seconds. Flip the mouse over and the ball magically works again. You'll probably see some neat dirt lines on the paper from the ball.

    -Don't grind the mouse casing into the desk, just push the ball.

    -If you don't unplug the mouse first, understand that you'll probably get a few random mouse clicks while your doing this.

    134 of 145 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Scroll ball not working

    • Written by from scottsdale

    After having my iMac for over 2 years - the "mighty" mouse had stopped being mighty. The scroll ball would only roll up and side to side but not down, causing me to revert to using the scroll bars on the side of my open apps.

    I read a review, which said: "Put a piece of clean paper on your desk. Flip the mouse over so the ball touches the paper. Press on the bottom of the mouse so the ball pushes into the paper. Now move the mouse back and forth in all directions for about 30 seconds. Flip the mouse over and the ball magically works again. You'll probably see some neat dirt lines on the paper from the ball."

    The dirty lines I got were quite considerable and a little dust ball chunk fell out as I was doing this. My "mighty" mouse now works great!!

    Thanks!

    37 of 41 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    wire too short, stops scrolling

    • Written by from Bowling Green

    I agree about the scroll wheel issue so many have commented on. I just got mine back working (only 6 months old) by using compressed air. Hope it stays fixed. Last time I followed advice I found on-line and tried rolling the wheel back and forth vigorously. That did not work this time.

    I wouldn't mind a longer cord either. Also, it is very finicky about the cut and paste right click location. You have to monkey around with it to find a mysterious sweet spot so that pop-up menu with cut and paste options shows.

    It's true that when it comes to mice, Apple needs to hire some Logitech engineers. I loved my wireless Logitech mouse with my MacBook. Maybe I will go back to using that instead...

    33 of 34 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Ball Malfunction-Easy Fix

    • Written by from Philadelphia

    Yes. We've had this mouse for a few months only and all of a sudden the trackball wouldn't scroll down. Up and sideways were just fine. Came across one review which recommended the rolling ball VIGOROUSLY for bit. It worked!

    Mouse now works just like new. Probably accumulated some debris but was easy enough to dislodge.

    33 of 41 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Sometimes good and sometimes bad.

    • Written by from lexington

    firstly, this mouse has a great design. i love how you can click anywhere on the top of the mouse and i love the the side buttons that you can click to show all your windows. the 360 degree scroll button is a nice design as well.

    but, this mouse also has it's flaws. the scroll sometimes doesn't work. maybe about 50% of the time. i'm not sure why but if you roll the ball, it just doesn't scroll. also, sometimes it just goes wacky and the pointer on the screen moves by itself without the mouse moving. maybe the precision optical sensor on the bottom is over sensitive? but this can be really annoying and it makes it very frustrating.

    i'm thinking of getting the new wireless mouse as soon as possible and hopefully it will be an improvement from this one.

    38 of 52 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Dragging Long Distances

    • Written by from Draper

    I love the look of my Mighty Mouse. I also love the scroll ball, even though I've had the same issues with it that others have had and have to clean it often, I'm still spoiled by its action.

    My main complaint is this: it lacks basic mouse functionality. If I need to click and drag something a long distance, since my very first mouse I've been able to click, drag, pick up the mouse while still clicked and move it over, then drag some more. Because of the Mighty Mouse's no button design, this is nearly impossible.

    I still give it three stars. If they can figure out a way to fix click-and-drag and make the scroll button work better, I'll give it five.

    44 of 67 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Hand Sanitizer

    • Written by from Troy

    I have the same problem with the mouse as everyone else. Whenever my ball stops scrolling I take a paper towel with a generous dab of hand sanitizer on it and roll the ball in the hand sanitizer until it starts working again. Sometimes it take a couple of tries but it works for me every time. I only rated it 3 stars because I'm getting sick of having to do it all the time.

    21 of 23 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Great Invention — Squeak noise kills it

    • Written by

    Overall this is a superior product. My problem is that it squeaks EVERY TIME I CLICK! AHHH! Annoying to say the least.

    However the track ball rolls as it should. Optical is precise. Easy to keep clean. You can program it very easily via OSX and it's a pleasure to use.

    However I'm not the first that has stated that these MM's are squeaky. :(

    For overall use I'd say 4-1/2 stars but due to the annoying squeak I have to rate it a 3.

    27 of 35 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Decent

    • 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

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Stickie Mouse

    • Written by

    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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Needs Improvement

    • Written by from Gainesville

    It starts working fine with ease, simplicity & beauty as promoted, but that starts fading away after a while & there's nothing one can do about it. The most annoying problem is the scrolling. Maybe it's because we the Apple customers consider your products to be excellent or flawless, but I went ahead & bought the same mouse even when the first one failed, yet the same happened again. I need a third mouse at this moment.

    16 of 16 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    problematic, good when working

    • Written by from PORTLAND

    When it works it is a great mouse. The scroller ball is prone to failure, although if you turn it upside down and wipe it with a tissue with alcohol on it (hold the ball in place with one of your figernails at different positions so you can actually WIPE it and not just move it around) this seems to clear up that issue. The other problem I have encountered is that the plastic coating around the wires breaks where it connects with the mouse because the coating is not flexible enough to allow more than say 30 degrees away from straight for the first 2 inches or so (!!), putting great strain on this part so that it breaks and exposes the wires.

    17 of 18 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Not terrible

    • Written by from Medford

    I like the function of this mouse and it seems to work for me but the real problem is the scroll ball. It gets gunked up and quits working. It is a hassle when it does not work so i disassembled the mouse and cleaned the sensors and now it works great! Just like new! All that you must do is pop off the white piece of plastic around the bottom of the mouse and then pop out the guts. It took like 15 minutes. The only problem is that when you pop off the bottom, it breaks the glue seal so you have to reglue the bottom back on. I also assume that this type of activity probably voids the warranty but it is worth it because it works great afterwards!

    19 of 22 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    ball problem quick fix!

    • Written by from Roswell

    So the ball sticks cause it pulls dirt in.... Hold the mouse in your hand upside down, take rubbing alcohol on your finger and roll it over and over you will see all that dirt come out and it will work again! Still- a bad design for a pretty mouse.. but it will save you money to just fix it yourself.

    18 of 20 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Definitely a source of stress

    • Written by from Baton Rouge

    While the mouse is aesthetically pleasing and functionally neat, it does cause me a lot of stress. Ever month the scroll ball will stop working and I start wondering if I'll have to replace it.. then after 15 minutes of vigorous attempts at cleaning it starts working again. I have had the product for less than 9 months and I'm not sure how long I can keep dodging the bullet. So buy with caution.

    18 of 20 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Worked well, died early.

    • Written by from Aptos

    I really liked the design of this mouse, but it could use a few improvements: the side buttons required quite a bit of force to activate, and you had to lift your left finger completely off the mouse to right-click. Once I got used to it though it served me well, and the 360 scroll was its best feature.

    Biggest problem, however, was that after 11 months of service the 360-scroll wheel stopped working. I could scroll down and to the right, but not up or left.... making the mouse fairly useless to me.

    Four stars for design and function
    Two starts for longevity
    Three stars overall.

    37 of 58 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Good, but a bit unreliable

    • Written by from Northglenn

    I like it and yet the scroll ball needs constant cleaning to keep working. See Apple's support site for their advice which is just water and a cloth.

    The side buttons are a bit flakey. They've spazzed out on me a few times where they 'click' by themselves fairly rapidly.

    It's neat how you right click by just pressing the right side of the mouse and yet it's not as reliable as just having a dedicated right mouse button. Sometimes you'll find a finger barely touching the left side of the mouse for instance and a right click won't register. Doesn't happen alot, but enough to annoy.

    The short cord is nice for plugging the mouse into your keyboard.

    Left clicking is what I like about the mouse the most. It just has a great feel to it and you can use all your fingers. It's why I still use the thing.

    A redesign should make the scroll ball require less cleaning. It should better sense when you are right clicking even if your index finger remains touching the left side a bit (if possible.) And the side buttons should be easier to click.

    25 of 34 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Why is the cable so short?

    • Written by from Brisbane

    Why would you design the mouse with such a short cable when you've also designed the previous Macbook Pro with all the usb ports on the left hand side? really apple, that's your definition of a great design?

    16 of 17 people found this useful