• 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

    Apple Care Steps for Cleaning Roller Ball

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    I've had my Mac for 8 months. Between my business and my husbands grad school work, we use the internet frequently. Only recently has the roller ball been getting stuck. It would scroll down but not up. Reading the other reviews I was worried about having to clean the mouse. I didn't want to do damage and void the warranty.
    I called Apple Care and was told, yes if you use the wrong chemicals or take it apart, it could void the warranty. This is how they told me to clean it. Take a clean dry paper towel/ tissue and hold it in your hand. Flip the mouse over and rub the roller ball in all directions on the towel. If that does not work, add a few drops of water to the paper towel for a little moister and rub the roller ball again. After doing so, my mouse works again. I find it is always best to call and ask instead of risking the warranty.

    17 of 20 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

    Great except for scroll ball

    • Written by from Chicago

    Serious design flaw with the scroll ball. Collects too much gunk and stops scrolling after a little while. I'm constantly cleaning it off.

    18 of 25 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Mouse Surprise

    • Written by from Bronx

    I was surprised to see how easily the mouse on the iMac can malfunction. I purchased my iMac back in June but did not actually set it up until late August. And a couple of months into it's use the scroll ball on the mouse would not scroll up. It created a huge inconvenience given that I use my Mac for school work and office work and it is important for me to be able to scroll up or down. Thanks to the person for the Hand Sanitizer tip. It works. Just dab a little on the ball with a paper towel and that should do the trick. I love my Mac, but the mouse needs some help.

    11 of 17 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

    Ehhh... Worked okay for a while and then KABOOM!

    • Written by from PETALUMA

    I really, really wanted to like my Mighty Mouse. When I got my iMac in the mail, the mouse was the first thing I wanted to try out - not the computer. And it was fabulous for that first week - I was just in love with that scroll ball; it was so helpful in Photoshop, among other things. Then I started noticing that the side buttons were super, super sensitive. I figured I could live without them, so I turned them off in Sys Prefs. Then the scroll ball started clogging up. No biggie, I could turn the mouse upside down and roll it around until it started working again.... right?
    Anyways, long story short, seven months later... the scroll ball WILL NOT unclog. No matter how I try, it's just stuck. I'm scared to take it apart, so I'm using an old Microsoft mouse now. I wonder if the Magic Mouse will be any better?

    1 of 1 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    short cable

    • Written by from NEW YORK

    Because the cable on the Mighty Mouse is so short, it cannot be used with a MacBook unless you place it on the left side of the computer, which makes it useless for right-handed mousers.

    5 of 7 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Useable, but not chooseable.

    • Written by from Oxford Junction

    Although it has obviously benefitted from apple design and innovation, the funtionality leaves much to be desired. My first problem was trying to right-click, it you don't develop a technique it just recognizes it as a left-click half the time instead, very annoying. I also run into the common problem with the scroll ball malfunctioning, but it usually goes away on its own, as I don't use the ball very often. However, after 2 years the left-click is now intermittently failing to register. It works just fine for a while if you're getting it free with a computer purchase, but if you're looking to buy a mouse, (likely to replace this one) then look elsewhere.

    9 of 11 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Not terrible, but don't buy it over another mouse

    • Written by from Glenside

    I have to say that the Mighty Mouse is not a bad mouse, but it does have some annoying 'features' that would not make it a good choice to just buy separately. Firstly, the 'right-click detecting' is kind of annoying. Seriously, what is the problem with putting 2 physical click buttons in it? Don't downplay the power of the right click, Apple! Right and left clicking, simultaneously, is used in many games. Secondly, the '360°' scrolling is also annoying. Yeah it makes moving pages a little easier, but when will you be on a webpage so wide that it will be needed, at full screen resolution? And I can't scroll along only one axis. The third thing about the mouse is its tracking. It seems sluggish, even at the highest setting. This might be a software issue more than a hardware one, but still.

    Now, that's not to say that there aren't good things about this mouse. It does beat the trackpad on my MBP, and it lets me start spaces and exposé using the button configurations, which I don't think other mice can do. That's about it for the good stuff.

    In short, this mouse is sluggish and a tad bit annoying, but lets you use some useful things like spaces and exposé more easily than hitting fn+F8. Don't get this mouse for your Mac, but if it comes with it, don't bother replacing it. If you are looking for a new mouse or one to replace the gosh darn trackpad, find another 2 (two) button scroll mouse. This one is too expensive, and handles like a wheelbarrow full of cinder blocks, driven by drunk elephants and manned by hippos riding unicycles. Well, maybe not that last part, but $50 for a mouse?!

    8 of 10 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    mighty mouse with non mighty scroll wheel

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    It's definitely good mouse, horizontal scrolling is a really comfortable option, especially for working in Photoshop, Illustrator or InDesign, but there is one little problem - I have bought 2 mighty mouses for 1 year (It's expensive enough) and now I need the third one - scroll wheel does not work for a long time. In both cases it stopped scrolling down but still continues to scroll up and horizontally. Hope we'll have some new mouse with a better scroll wheel.

    12 of 16 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Good mouse, but trackball needs improving

    • Written by from Kennesaw

    I love the look and feel of this mouse, it doesn't irritate my hand like the one at my work. Only issue I have is occasionally trackball spins free with no click sounds and does nothing unless I press down hard to get it to work again. The idea for this mouse is brilliant and I love it but the quality of the build needs improving and also the cursor speed is a little slow.

    3 of 3 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Not Bad

    • Written by from Macomb

    I don't know why everyone hates it so much. I am a first time Mac user and I have to say it works better than the wireless Logitech I was using. Only thing is, I really wish I had bought the wireless keyboard and mouse when I bought my Mac as it is only $40 more all together. Now, it's really not worth it to spend $140 some dollars to get them. I just wasn't thinking I guess. But since the wires are so close to the screen/keyboard, it does not make that much difference. I am never sitting far away either.

    1 of 2 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    It's a really nifty mouse but has issues.

    • Written by from Sterling Heights

    There is a reason most mice have the traditional scroll wheel and multiple buttons. This is fun to use but I would suggest a good Logitech mouse if you want reliable. For gaming, MX518 or G9. They are also great for simple tasks as well. I put a LOT of HARD use on my MX518 and it STILL works 4 years later....I'm wearing the plastic off of it. The Apple mouse is good for those who simply check their email every day and that's about it. It has too many problems with lack of real buttons and the scroll ball thing.

    2 of 3 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Fixing non-working scroll button

    • Written by from New York

    I'm not sure where to put this but I fix the mouse by pushing down on the scroll button for about 10 seconds. Usually after a few months it cannot scroll up but pushing down on it works.

    Anyway, the mouse is good except that sometimes the side buttons (not the clicking ones, the "force" ones on the side of the mouse) are very sensitive and I ended up disabling that feature. Also, it's very hard to press the right click sometimes. Otherwise, it's a good mouse.

    13 of 19 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Overall Great Mouse

    • Written by from Bensalem

    Mouse worked awesome for the first few months.

    Right-click takes some time to get used to but I just turned it off.

    Only downside is that the scroll wheel which is VERY similar to that of the Blackberry scroll-wheels, has like gotten dulled down and sometimes it wont scroll up and it wil only be able to go down, or vice versa..

    other than that...overall an awesome product!

    4 of 7 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Great Mouse, Horrible for gaming

    • Written by from san rafael

    Great mouse for everyday use but horrible if you need tp play a game that requires at 3 button to play. Some games you actually need to hold down the right button and fire with the left. This mouse does NOT allow for this action.

    11 of 12 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Great for 12 months, then it gums up and into the landfill it goes!!!

    • Written by from Edina

    I've been using this mouse for about 12 months, and it's absolutely great when the scroll ball (track ball on the top of the mouse) is working. I like the size and ergonomics of the mouse just fine, the left and right clicking works perfectly, and I love the multi-directional scrolling with the track ball which enables me to scroll quickly both up-down and side-to-side on large spread sheets and web pages. The problem lies in the maintenance of the little track ball. Once it starts to get dirty from the normal oil that we all have on the surface of our skin, it slips a little on the inside of the mouse (meaning that the track ball moves but the cursor on your screen doesn't), Apple recommends that you flip it upside down and run it around on a damp cloth, which works fine for a month or so, but eventually the dirt on the inside of the trackball housing accumulates to the point where the track ball gets so intermittent that it's useless. And like so many other seemingly high-design Apple products, it's impossible to take apart and properly clean. Since there is no recycling symbol on the bottom of the mouse, there is only one place left for it to go --> into the trash and into the landfill. So much for Apple's green commitment.

    16 of 18 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    it's pretty cool looking, I guess

    • Written by from Muskegon

    Good:
    it's cool looking.
    the side buttons work really well.
    it still functions for the most part.

    Bad:
    the scroller ball quit working after the 2nd day I had it.
    the cord is extremely short.
    it took me about 2 years to figure out how to activate the right click.

    Overall:
    pretty good, but I'd like to see a different kind of scroller ball that can stand the dirt and oil of human fingers, and is easier to clean. it looks like a bar of soap and matches my computer and keyboard. I like it, but I know apple can do better for the price.

    8 of 11 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Be gentle...

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    I am new to iMacs as of February, and cannot describe how fantastic and exceptional they are. I have had problems with the scroll ball. I consulted the manual. It didn't work. But you know what did?
    Try a few drops of water on the black cloth that came with your computer. Make sure it soaks into the material. Gently roll the mouse upside down on the wet surface in all directions. It works. I have also disabled the Dashboard application that you get when you 'click' on the scroll ball. This, I would imagine, reduces wear and tear. If I need Dashboard, I just click on it on the dock. I hope you find this useful.

    6 of 6 people found this useful