• 1.0 out of 5 stars

    avoid

    • Written by from lincoln

    this is my second mouse of this style. the ball is always getting stuck, so i am unable to use my mouse to scroll. i've tried cleaning with alcohol multiple times. that works for a while then just gets jammed again. i'd try something else before you drop $50

    4 of 5 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Form Over Function

    • Written by from Spencer

    After a week of using this mouse I immediately switched back to my old Microsoft scroll wheel mouse. That was three years ago. The Mighty Mouse finally came out of storage last week after said Microsoft mouse died. I decided, begrudgingly, to give the Mighty Mouse a second chance. Below are my impressions from 2 weeks of continuous use:

    +Form: As usual, it looks like a well designed Apple product.

    -Function: It doesn't function like a well designed Apple product.

    1. It's not built for large hands. Not an issue for some, but it is for me. Lots of cramping and soreness.

    2. In order for the scroll wheel to function properly, you must clean it often; Sporadically stops scrolling down or, less commonly, up.

    3. The cursor doesn't want to be boxed in; it quickly jumps to the top or bottom corners of the screen. This is the reason the Mighty Mouse was put in storage three years ago. It has been often frustrating, sometimes infuriating, to have the cursor jump the moment I click.

    Speaking as an exclusive Apple user for the past 8 years, the company makes great hardware and software, but their mice (mouses?) have never been up to par. One star for being included, another for aesthetics.

    6 of 7 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Disappointed

    • Written by from Brampton

    At first, I loved the mouse.
    Now, not so much.

    1) The cord has gotten stiff and always has twists in it. How it gets twisted, I have no idea as it remains on its mousepad.

    2) The left click works. Too well. As it also counts as a left click even if I use the right button. I have to click very far on the right, nearly at the underside to register as a right click.

    3) Scroll ball works for up and across, but down, not so much. Yes I have tried cleaning it via the methods described but they only work for a few minutes. Like now; just before I started writing this review I cleaned the scroll ball and already it has stopped being able to scroll down. I really hate having to always scroll down via the page markers on the right instead of using the mouse.

    It's either time for a new mouse or prozac. :P

    3 of 5 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    The least ergonomic object ever conceived

    • Written by from Montreal

    A committee of Nobel-winning physiologists couldn't develop a more efficient way to develop carpal tunnel syndrome, nor a less comfortable way to click, drag and select desktop items.

    This thing is an absolute disaster on every level of design. Also, put a right click in for crying out loud.

    2 of 6 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works Perfectly, Great Mouse

    • Written by from Tucson

    I took two different electives at my middle school, with the same teacher and classroom. The class used iMac G5's with the Apple Mouse (formally Mighty Mouse). These computers and mice saw about 170 students everyday. Even being used by 170 different abusive middle school students, the mouse worked perfectly. The scroll ball is a great idea for scrolling all over the screen easily. I loved using it far better than any other mouse I've ever used.

    7 of 8 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.

    46 of 51 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Slow

    • Written by from VISTA

    Natively slow, even at its fastest tracking setting. It needed a third-party app to boost its speed.

    2 of 10 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    MOUSE TRACT BALL FAILURE

    • Written by from CHARLEVOIX

    THIS IS THE SECOND TIME THIS YEAR I HAVE HAD TO REPLACE THIS MOUSE BECAUSE OF TRACT BALL FAILURE.

    1 of 3 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    track ball unreliable

    • Written by from los angeles

    The trackball fails to work multiple times a session. The non-funtioning trackball cannot be disassembled to be cleaned. It's maddening!

    7 of 8 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    fine mouse, the only problem is scroll ball

    • Written by from Ann Arbor

    This is a perfectly functional mouse, I don't know what the complaints are. I like that it has 4 buttons, really makes it nice to be able to use Expose w/ your mouse. The length of the cord is perfect for any Mac laptop or Apple keyboard; for anything other applications, you might want to just get a generic mouse w/ long cords. The only problem w/ this mouse is the scroll ball. Dirt and things get in there and the scrolling goes from great to awful. I've had this mouse for about 4 years now and it's gotten to the point where every morning I need to clean it against a sheet of paper to get it rolling again. Curiously, I've come across a few of these mice that have much bigger scroll balls and none of them seem to be jammed. Maybe they made some modifications to the newer versions?

    4 of 5 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Good at first . . . until . . .

    • Written by from Memphis

    Alcohol does help some when cleaning the mouse button.

    My main complaint is that I use this with an Apple MacBook and it has to run behind or under the iLap to be usable. The cord is simply TOO SHORT !! Where the cord meets up with the mouse itself it is breaking and also where the cord meets up with the usb plug it is doing the same. Reason why? The cord is about 5-6 inches too short. This should be corrected with future designs for the Apple Mouse. Has anyone else not discovered this problem? It is huge. I would rather deal with an irritating mouse button than to have my mouse wire coming apart because of the bend just to get it to be usable due to the shortness of the cord.

    3 of 6 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    great at first

    • Written by from Alexandria

    it gets really lame and it stops working like a year

    4 of 7 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    The Mouse that works

    • Written by from Kaufman

    Read several reviews as the scroll ball would scroll up but not down. Then it would scroll down but not up. The first time I used canned air to spray everywhere around the scroll ball and it started working again. After several weeks it stopped scrolling up. I did the spray a second time it stopped hoping it would scroll up. No deal. After reading about the paper method, I did that, and it works like a charm. Yes it's a hassle, but regardless how clean you keep things, including your finger, stuff does get on the ball. I don't intend to wear an exam glove on my 'mouse hand' to prevent the natural oils and don't plan on building a mini clean room in which to stick my hand to operate the mouse. But the paper solution does work. for those that don't or cant scroll to see the entry, I unplugged the mouse, got a clean sheet of paper and rolled the scroll ball in every which direction and plugged it back in and it works great. I don't work for Apple, and am a recent convert from Windows.

    21 of 23 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Solves excessive spreadsheet scrolling

    • Written by from Proton Station

    I find that the MagicMouse scrolls excessively when using Excel. The slightest brush of the MagicMouse sends spreadsheets scrolling dozens of columns over or down. I know that I can turn scrolling off, but that is a hassle and then there is NO scrolling at all.

    The wired Mouse has a more controllable amount of scrolling. And it is easy to use the mouse for other functions while avoiding touching the roller ball. So inadvertent scrolling is eliminated.

    I haven't had it long enough to have had cleaning problems. (Minus one star for cleaning protocol; I might change my mind on this later.) It seems that there is a simple procedure to take care of this. There is a separate sheet included in the instructions that outlines this. And I haven't set up the other click buttons for extra functions. I am content right now with the standard setup.

    I wouldn't be without the MagicMouse. But it is possible to have BOTH mice hooked up at the same time. That is what I do. I just use the one that is more appropriate for the job. (And, having a wired mouse as a backup in case of wireless problems is a bonus.)

    4 of 7 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Apple Mouse is a piece of Garbage

    • Written by from TOWNSHIP OF WASHINGTON

    Another example of Apple's form over function failure. The mouse looks nice, but the little teeny track ball gets all gunked up then doesn't work. And despite Apple's instruction on how to clean it- cleaning doesn't work. I never, ever had this problem on any home or work PC mouse.

    16 of 18 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Simple Mouse gone Bad

    • Written by from FLUSHING

    I purposefully opted for the wired Apple Mouse. I didn't want to deal with batteries or the sort, and I don't have any fancy wireless requirements for my iMac. Unfortunately the scroll ball doesn't scroll up anymore. I read that a simple Q-tip and rubbing alcohol does the trick - but I don't want to do that every few weeks (or months). Looking back I would've opted for the wireless (not that I know if its scroll bar works well or not), but overall - just a regular mouse whose balls are messed up. Yeah I said it.

    3 of 4 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Apple Mouse

    • Written by from Halifax

    Much regret my Macally White Mouse died and had to be replaced with this one, which is far too heavy and has a scroll wheel that is is ridicuously too small: its relatively easy to scroll down - but try scrolling upwards! Its a real crock after the other one and I use it very little on my MacBook Plus.

    Nor do I have any need for all those buttons, one is plenty; it only confuses the issue to do commands on the mouse that can perfectly well be done on the screen via the keyboard or pad.

    5 of 7 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Clean the Mouse roller ball!! It works!!

    • Written by from ASHLAND

    This guy with the comment below has the trick! I tried it and it worked! I took his advise, got a Q tip and dipped in rubbing alcohol and rubbed it on the little ball and saw little tiny hairs and things come out. I just kept doing it till it was completely clean and it works great again!! Thanks so much.

    4.0
    Rubbing Alcohol Really works!

    Written by KS from Edmonton
    Nov 27, 2007

    All the posts about this mouse is about how the scroll bar doesn't work after a while. I saw a review about using Rubbing Alcohol and a Q-tip to fix it. It Works! Just take a Qtip, dip it in rubbing alcohol and then scroll around on the mouse with it. After all the gunk in out the scroll will work again! thanks so much for the tip!

    13 of 14 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    No right click

    • Written by from Dartmouth

    Contrary to the documentation claims mine does not right click. I even went to the trouble to reinstall the software, totally shut my computer down and then restart it and, yes, I've made sure the secondary click is enabled. I've searched the Apple support site hoping to find old drivers for the mouse without success so I have no choice, but to return it. Thank God I bought it from a local retailer with a money back satisfaction guarantee.

    7 of 9 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Great Product, 1 Major Flaw

    • Written by from Highlands Ranch

    I really do love this mouse, it's a fantastic piece of innovative technology and greatly impressed me when I first starting using it. Sadly as mentioned by many other reviewers, the product becomes absolutely useless once dirt gets under the scroll ball. I've cleaned mine over and over again, on a few occasions I've been able to bring it back, but sadly now it sits on my desk broken. If it weren't for this issue, I would be singing its praises and telling you to buy this, but unfortunately I can't. The issue with the scroll ball, and no way to open the device up to properly clean it out makes this simply a waste of money.

    10 of 10 people found this useful