• 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

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    The Worlds Best Mouse!!!!!!

    • Written by from fes

    The Apple Mighty Mouse is is faster than lighting and better than 1 kilo of chocolates. This apple device made surfing the web faster,more fun, and great!!!!!!! I found this product better than the Apple Pro Mouse. Well I have one last opinion left to share with the kind people reading theses reviews please PURCHASE this amazing product and take home today and have fun surfing the web,facebooking, searching and playing on farmville so go out there and BUY this wonderful mouse!!!!!!

    6 of 16 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    mouse is functional, with some flaws

    • Written by

    the mouse is sometimes uncomfortable and the scroll wheel sometimes doesnt work. but when it does work, IT REALLY WORKS.

    6 of 6 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Utter failure in execution of a great idea.

    • Written by from Brooklyn

    This would be the best mouse I've ever used, but the scroll ball problem everyone mentions is unavoidable and is exasperating. When the mouse works, it is phenomenally efficient. When the scroll ball stops—and it will—you will want to murder someone.

    None of the cleaning solutions work reliably. All are a nuisance. Apple not only guaranteed problems by using a mechanical scroll ball, but they guaranteed a hellish time for anyone trying to fix the problems, by GLUING the assembly shut. Jesus, what were they thinking.

    I tried the Magic mouse, as an alternative and wanted to love it. Unfortunately I find it borderline unuseable. It's great for casual use, web surfiing etc,, but lacks precision for serious work and it frequently flps out when your hand brushes near it by mistake.

    I'm hoping Magic Mouse 2.0 (if such a thing is coming) solves these problems, because all the other solutions on the market are frustrating.

    Come on Apple. Please attend to these not so minor details with your engineering might.

    10 of 10 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Keep the track ball clean and its fine.

    • Written by from Bloomington

    After thinking that I needed a new mouse I stumbled onto the paper technique of cleaning the track ball of my apple mighty mouse. Voila! it worked! Tried it on another mighty mouse and it too became fully functional! Just keep it clean! Oils from fingers combined with dust in the air must collect on the ball and compromise its function. Two of ours work great now, when they didn't before.

    6 of 8 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    The paper method plus

    • Written by from San Luis Obispo

    The roller ball clog is a huge, ongoing problem. But, I tried the paper method discussed earlier (unplugging mouse and rolling the ball on a piece of paper) and it partially worked. So, I took it a step further and rolled the ball on a hand sanitizer sheet and it worked great. Hope this helps.

    5 of 7 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    This is a no go!

    • Written by from South Lee

    Mine only scrolls down and then not very well. I wouldn't by another at the cost when I can get a working one for a fraction of the price. Good idea but don't waste your money.

    5 of 5 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    only a single button at a time

    • Written by from Redmond

    The Apple Mouse only has the ability to record a single button press on the pressure-sensitive top area of the mouse. This means that you cannot simultaneously press both the left and right buttons to any effect. If you plan on playing many kinds of games -- including some top-selling titles on the App Store, Steam for Mac, or even various Flash/Web games -- you're going to be very, very disappointed with this mouse.

    For less than the price of this mouse you can get one from almost any other manufacturer that will both work perfectly with all the regular Mac applications as well as with the Mac's growing library of games.

    7 of 7 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Bad mouse, they last me only 10-12 months buy at your own risk

    • Written by from Brooklyn

    Like everyone said the trackball stops working I am currently on my third mouse soon to be called into AppleCare. This is a poorly designed product, while I love the function of the mouse being told I need to clean the trackball by rubbing it on my leg is crazy. I have older mice without the trackball that work fine years and years later, not months. My big complaint is in another two months I'm off AppleCare so I will need a FIFTH MOUSE by next year which I will never buy, just replace with a normal USB mouse instead. I refuse to waste money on a poorly designed product just to match. This mouse should of been designed to be cleaned and no rubbing on your leg or a piece of paper is not something anyone should be forced to do.

    13 of 15 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    MIRACLE PAPER!!!

    • Written by from Mc Kenzie

    Wow! Thanks to whoever discovered the paper trick!! If you're having trouble with the roller ball, unplug the mouse, and roll it on a piece of paper in every direction for a minute or two. fuzz and particles came off on the paper. it works now!! <3

    25 of 29 people found this useful