• 1.0 out of 5 stars

    disposable!

    • Written by from san francisco

    Ok, I love this mouse—when it's new. Great feel and sensitivity, aesthetics, etc. BUT, I have to buy a new one every 3 months. As others have noticed, the scroll ball gums up and the thing becomes useless, as there is no way to open it up without a hammer. And as if this weren't bad enough, usually before its inevitable demise the mouse begins this rapid ghost clicking thing. Without me pressing anything it spaz-clicks over items I'm working on. click-click-click-click! screws up my work!

    Thus far my solution has been (to Apple's delight) to buy a new mouse every few months but this is ridiculous for obvious reasons. Can someone either slap Apple or tell me a good alternative to their mouse? Or just do both?

    17 of 19 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    I love this mouse! Don't know what everyone's problem is

    • Written by from Pleasant Grove

    I love this mouse, I'm addicted to using the buttons for expose (desktop, and all windows). I'm having a hard time wanting to switch to the new magic mouse or trackpad.

    All you have to do to keep the scroll ball working well is get the mac cleaning cloth, turn it upside down and rub back and forth on the scroll ball to loosen any dirt/dust.

    8 of 11 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Scroll ball doesn't work!

    • Written by from Torrance

    I'm on my second mouse. Both had the same problem after a month: The scroll ball doesn't work. I've had this one for a couple years now and I've become so used to scrolling manually on everything. Really slows down my internet browsing, and design shortcuts in Adobe products.

    14 of 14 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Scroll ball

    • Written by from Hilversum

    I got this mice with my iMac 20 inch late 2009. The mice worked pretty well in the beginning. After a couple months the scroll ball gets stuck and doesnt scroll well. Cleaned it but doesnt work properly anymore. I wont recomend this mice.

    11 of 12 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Cheap Junk

    • Written by from Chicago

    Track ball stopped working after 6 months.

    11 of 15 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

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

    • Written by

    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

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    stupid

    • Written by from Minneapolis

    The scrollbar works for about a minute. Hard to believe this is such a dumb product, considering it's a Mac.

    9 of 12 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    scrollball makes it a nuisance to use

    • Written by from vienna

    i have had this mouse for 1 month, the scrollball stopped functioning after a week. it helps when you roll it over your shirt or pullover, but be prepared to do this every couple hours... a nice mouse with good click feel becomes a complete nuisance with this frequent problem. i would not buy it again and cannot recommend it.

    5 of 5 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Boooo

    • Written by from Belleville

    I have been thru 2 of these mice and its not like I was careless with my things. The first mouse had the track ball totally stop working, which the people in the apple stpre told me happens normally, the second one kept switching screen modes like when you press the side buttons so that was super annoying. Never buying this again!!

    11 of 12 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Nice, does not last!

    • Written by from Hayward

    This mouse is AWESOME. However, after about a year the ball mont work and you cannot scroll! Not cool. Over all, a good mouse but not for 50.00.

    5 of 6 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

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    I love this mouse--have used it for over 4 years.

    • Written by from Hixson

    I love this mouse. I can scroll up and down between 2 different documents without having to click either one of them... great when I'm working 2 monitors at a time at work with multiple windows and applications. You may want to adjust the mouse movement speed settings like I did, until you find a comfortable pace while getting used to how it moves.

    Yes, mouse goes crazy if your mouse pad is dirty or old--my cursor jumped across the screen for awhile, until I got a new mousepad. Keep your work area crumb-free. When the scrolly-ball gets dirty, use a Clorox wipe to rub over the scrolling ball in all directions for about 10 seconds. Then use a paper towel and rub over the ball in all directions. It's worked time and again for me. Also, make sure your lotioned-hands don't touch the ball. Wipe your scrolling finger off because lotion gums up the works. The Clorox removes all the oil and dirt buildup, but eventually you may have to open the mouse to get extreme buildup cleaned out.

    When it's clean, this mouse saves my hands a lot of grief. I can move my cursor around with minimal hand effort--which is great because I work long hours on my computer each day. The cord doesn't bother me because this mouse is just that good.

    This has been my absolute favorite mouse--and I am extremely picky about my workspace and equipment. I like accuracy and efficiency while being comfortable, so this mouse is my perfect tool. It may not be for everyone, but it's perfect for me.

    9 of 12 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great Mouse - Easy cleaning fix when scroll ball doesn't work

    • Written by from New Hope

    I have owned this mouse for about two years and just recently the scroll ball didn't work anymore when scrolling "up". Other than that the mouse has been perfect and between this mouse and the mag trackpad (which I also own) - I am not sure which one I like better. The mouse has some benefits that the trackpad doesn't match, but there are advantages of the trackpad as well. Anyway, like so many postings and subsequent bad ratings, I have eventually experienced that the scrolling mechanism failed. I looked up some of the positive reviews here and took a can of spray electronic cleaner (I was out of the compressed air / dust removal spray can stuff) and sprayed the cleaner into the scroll ball area. Within about a minutes the mouse was just fine and everything worked again. Great mouse! I continue to enjoy it and am not planning to replace it. Just needed a few seconds of cleaning.

    15 of 18 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

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Nice mouse but scroll ball fails

    • Written by from St. John's

    I've had this thing replaced on my iMac 3-4 times over the course of my AppleCare coverage. Definitely DO NOT buy one of these mice! The scroll ball failed on every single one and it's extremely frustrating. My AppleCare has expired now and yet another mouse has broken, I'm going to find a better solution. No way am I paying for one of these.

    8 of 9 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Don't buy it!

    • Written by from Rego Park

    I just got this second mouse in less than a year, and doesnt work already. Scrolling sometime doesn't work, and have to click on mouse so hard to work. Its exhausting! How does Apple make such a bad and pricy product? makes no sense.

    7 of 9 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Got 2, both defective within 3 days of light use.

    • Written by from Fargo

    I got a wired mouse for Christmas to take the place of my wireless mouse. The wireless has worked flawlessly for 2 years, but chews up a lot of batteries which is why I wanted a corded one. The corded one worked great for a few days then became defective. The main problem is that when I’m using it to move the cursor or otherwise applying very light pressure to the top of the mouse it will activate the side buttons. The side buttons were set to show the desktop when activated. I deactivated the side buttons which made the error quit happening. So basically the side buttons are useless. The second problem, and what finally made me want to return it, is that the right click button gradually became more and more difficult to activate until it was nearly impossible to activate unless I pressed down on a certain small spot next to the scroll ball.

    I returned it and got another one. The same thing happened to the second one. I got the first one from the Apple store and the second one from Best Buy in a different city, so I'm sure it wasn't just a bad batch. I think this mouse is a piece of junk by design. I'll keep returning the things until they fix the problem with the design.

    2 of 3 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Scroll bar ALWASYS stops working after a while.

    • Written by from West Tisbury

    I am a loyal Mac user and this is the first bad review I have written about one of their products. Everything about this mouse is fantastic except the scroll ball which stops working eventually. It can take a few weeks, a few months or after a year or so, but it first stops doing downward scrolls then just doesn't work altogether. I don't know if it is overly susceptible to dust or dirt, but blowing in it or lightly tapping it doesn't help. Without the scroll function this mouse is a paperweight. I am on my third replacement one now and it just stopped scrolling no matter what I do. Had it for less than a year. At $49 I am not going to buy another one only to have it fail again. It pains me not to hook up a Mac product to my Mac computer, but I am going to try the Logitech LS1 Laser Mouse which looks like it will be less likely to have this problem. Hence, I cannot recommend buying this product if the scroll function is important to you - it WILL stop working!

    8 of 8 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Nice idea, but no dice ...

    • Written by from WALNUT

    The worst part of is the scroll ball. I've had the wireless Mighty Mouse and disassembled it to clean the rollers cradling the ball. Finally the mouse fell apart from too much maintenance. Why? Because it's not meant to be serviced at all. The Apple Mouse suffers from the same problem. Apple and all other manufacturers want people to continue wasting the planet's resources creating throw away items. This mouse just ends up in the trash heap faster. (there is no such thing as e waste recycling, just waste)

    5 of 7 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    BEST MOUSE EVER-SCROLLBALL ISSUE EASY FIX TOO

    • Written by from GLEN BURNIE

    First let me address the scrollball issue. I too got angry and freaked out about the scrollball stopping all downward scrolling one day. I found the review here about using a dust-off compressed air on it and it worked with the first tiny puff inside the crack around the ball.

    With that aside, this mouse is unbelievable. I do graphic design and web design and I always need to scroll horizontal and vertical and CONSTANTLY switch between both windows and open applications frequently. The best part about this mouse for me aside from no batteries is the side buttons which I set to expose and the scrollball click button which I set to application switcher. I like this mouse better than the magic mouse and cant use anything else. Being able to jump to different windows and applications with a push of my thumb saves so much time. Nothing else Ive found can compete.

    10 of 15 people found this useful