• 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Help for cleaning the Apple Mouse

    • Written by from Olympia

    Thanks to @RB from Fort Myer, my Apple Mouse now works again! I've had little trouble with the mouse since 2007 when I bought my Intel based iMac... until yesterday. Then I read RB's post about rolling the trackball on a sheet of clean paper to clean it (make sure the paper is on a hard flat surface) and, viola! For now it is working perfectly again!

    BTW, I also turn off the side buttons... to annoying to use.

    Apple, Steve, whoever is listening, LISTEN to your devoted users, admit that, while beautiful and (for me at least) ergonomic, this design needs work!

    12 of 13 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Awesome!

    • Written by from Woodland Hills

    I LOVE this mouse! I'm writing this review because I've seen negative reviews that are clearly PEBMAC (Problem Exist Between MOUSE and Chair)!

    The people who say the scroll ball gets dirty too fast must not wash their hands... or maybe they wash their hands with sand, either way, if your hands are clean the scroll ball will be too! Also, if it gets dusty (assuming your hands are clean but you live in a saw mill) you can simply use a a can of compressed air to clean it our (hint: spray air while you scroll for a few seconds).

    And for the people who say it randomly clicks for no reason... are you fat? Do you have fat hands? Don't keep your hand resting on the device... duh. Some people have said "it's not ergonomic", look, I use my mouse a lot... A LOT, and its only tough on your hand if you sit all funny and leave your wrist in at a funny angle.

    Stop hating on the mouse, probably the best I've used!

    14 of 17 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    A Great mouse if you are conscientious

    • Written by from LANGLEY

    Like all mice w/roller balls, you have to keep it clean.
    One puff of canned air once a month or two does it.
    I have had two of these for 5-6 years (in addition to a Magic Mouse + and a LogicTech), they still give that nice instant "hands-on" analogue feel that you cannot get with a wireless.

    Just keep it clean!

    12 of 12 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Fantastic

    • Written by from Calgary

    the extra buttons make life way more easier

    5 of 9 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Years Ago It Was Great!

    • Written by from Noblesville

    When I had my first Mac, I really liked this mouse. Now though, owning a Magic Mouse, it is total rubbish. The scroll ball is not very good and the right click is nearly impossible. Unlike the wired Apple keyboard, the wired mouse would not be worth the $20.00 you save.

    6 of 9 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    total rubbish

    • Written by from Bicton

    inaccurate, fiddly and breaks down easily. possibly my least favourite mouse of all time.

    6 of 9 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    A disappointment

    • Written by from Kettering

    There are roughly four years worth of complaints about the trackball here. My system is almost three years old. From the recent postings, it appears that there has been no improvement. That is disappointing. All the recent glitz about new products, but no progress on an improvement.

    I am tired of having to continually clean the trackball (using stronger methods than a piece of paper). The side buttons never did work well for me, so I turned them off. Tracking accuracy is good, I think I am going to replace this mouse with the track pad.

    8 of 11 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Great mouse with huge flaws.

    • Written by from Wilkinsburg

    This is a great mouse in a lot of ways. The design is nice and the features are useful.

    However, there are deal-breaker flaws that prevent me from using it at all.

    The scroll ball constantly gets too dirty to be responsive enough. I have to clean it multiple times each day. This is insane. There's a reason we moved to optical mice over ball ones---mechanical parts get dirty and stop working.

    Plus, the middle click function stopped working (not software, the hardware button isn't engaging properly).

    And, the pressure side-buttons are in a terrible spot, and I can't leave any action enabled for this "button" without accidentally activating it every couple of seconds, just by holding the mouse.

    All in all, if they could fix the problems, it'd be a good mouse, but as it stands it's unusable.

    5 of 9 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    REALLY bad!!

    • Written by from Los Angeles

    This mouse, and especially the scroll ball in this thing, is the worst thing Apple ever mad. Got one, scroll ball bye bye. Got a second one, within a few months, scroll ball bye bye!!! Have a friend with exactly the same problem! And I feel bad too since I suggested he got a magic mouse when he was looking for a new mouse. Horrible horrible horrible!

    6 of 9 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    tracking ball

    • Written by from Verona

    the tracking ball is horrible!
    do not buy!

    14 of 22 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    update this design, please

    • Written by from Gilboa

    I wish Apple would make a new version of this mouse, with a laser assisted ball instead of this one that works using rollers. The ball eventually begins to fail due to the inevitable introduction of dirt and grime.

    With a laser tracker it would work flawlessly.

    This is the most ergonomic and comfortable design Apple has released. The newer "Magic Mouse" is too low and uncomfortable to use. It causes me severe pain in my wrist, whereas this one causes no pain at all.

    18 of 22 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Love it / Hate it

    • Written by from rochester

    This is one of the most annoying products ever made.

    It generally works great and is easy to use... When everything is working.

    The annoying part is that the scroll ball gets dirty and is almost impossible to clean. The mouse is not designed to be opened for cleaning. There are a host of do-it-yourself solutions out on the web. I've tried them all and they all work---- to some extent, but never to give a really great result.

    I'm surprised Apple has not revised the design to make it easier to clean or to reduce it's sensitivity to dirt.

    I'm about ready to buy someone else's mouse and trash this one. It's worked for a couple of years, but requires constant attention. It's just too annoying.

    23 of 28 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great buy!

    • Written by from Par

    I love this mouse it is really good. I don't care what anyone says i love the scrollbar.

    6 of 12 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    A very great mouse

    • Written by

    well, this mouse does not look so special from the outside, but it is very useful. the sensors work great, and as well as the scrolling ball! This comes with my new 15'' macbook pro a year ago, and it still works great till now! must have!!!!!!!!!!!

    4 of 11 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Clean ball & scroll on

    • Written by from Waukesha

    I've had my Mac & mouse for 2 yrs, luv em both. Started to have scrolling problems w/the ball but came up w/a solution to problem. I just used "Goof Off" solvent to clean the ball & was scrolling like new again! Put a couple drops solvent on a clean smooth cloth, turn mouse upside down, roll ball over solvent in circular motion let dry & viola,
    back in action!! Too easy, yes, but effective! You can get it at any hardware store.

    10 of 16 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Scroll ball is awful!

    • Written by from vancouver

    If this comes free with your Mac, you may want to keep it, but do not buy it as an extra. $40+ for a mouse like this is ridiculous. The track ball is difficult to use even when new, and on mine started having issues after only a few months; I ended up having to clean it every month just so it would operate even close to normal. Eventually I found a mac-compatible mouse at another site for $29 and it's been working perfectly for over a year.

    10 of 14 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    It's okay if it's free.

    • Written by from Brooklyn

    This came with my new Mac Pro in 2008. It worked great for 3 months then the tiny ball got so clogged with dust that it would never scroll properly again (and i am a super clean person too -- I just use the computer for 8 hours daily). Apple forums supply home remedy methods of cleaning it out, but they might make it work a little better for another 3 days. Also it is not designed to clean. Perhaps it's designed to be disposible?

    Also it's the most oddly shaped thing (since the original iMac g3 era gawdawful mouse). It's uncomfortable and has these buttons poorly placed on the sides of the mouse. Everybody I know deactivates these buttons in system preferences because they're so intrusive to mouse workflow. By default, if you pick up the mouse you will inevitably activate something, and more than likely it will interrupt whatever task you were doing which required you to pick up the mouse in the first place.

    Let's recap. The scroll bar will likely not be able the scroll down within 3 months, and the buttons on the sides you will have to deactivate in order not be annoyed to death whenever you need to pick up or adjust your grip on the mouse. Therefore it points and clicks and that's it (whilst being uncomfortable). This is the worst thing currently available from Apple.

    13 of 18 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    I like my mouse...

    • Written by from Taos

    I've had this mouse for a long time, probably at least three years. It has never gotten dirty or needed to be cleaned (and I work with it all day, every day). It has great control and is versatile without being ridiculous. It took me a while to learn where to press to make things happen, like opening files, but once I did, I loved it. The only thing I don't like is when I get haphazard about the way I handle it. I sometimes put my finger somewhere on the mouse that's intended for a function, and then it does things I don't intend for it to do. That's why I'm giving it only four stars rather than five. But I consider that my fault more than the mouse's. All in all, I think it's a great mouse. Better than the wireless one I bought by far.

    5 of 8 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    How to clean that pesky trackball.

    • Written by from Fort Myer

    As many reviews have stated, the trackball of the wired apple mouse can become unresponsive if left uncleaned for too long. This problem arises from the oil and dead skin cells that collect on the trackball and its box-like enclosure. Unlike what most individuals think the solution to this problem does not require you to crack open the mouse, breaking the seal, instead it requires only a single sheet of paper and a flat surface. First place the scratch paper on the flat surface of your choosing, whether that be a coffee table or kitchen counter, it doesn't matter. Next, turn the mouse over so that the trackball touches the paper. Lastly, apply a moderate amount of pressure and roll the track ball all over the paper. What looks like black grease will accumulate on the surface of this scratch peper and presto-chango! your mouse is full functional again.

    This is a great mouse and it has served me well for a while. This would be a five star product, except for its occasional need to be cleaned, hence the four stars and not five. (It would be better if apple still sold the cordless version as well)

    29 of 34 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Unremarkable/Unspecial

    • Written by from Palm Springs

    After giving it several weeks to grow on me, I find that this mouse is actually continued irritating me. Even after adjusting the preferences I find the mouse to be non responsive. The scroll button works only in one direction. I am a fan of all thing s Apple, this is my first exception. The expectation was way higher than the actual product revived. Save your money buy something else.

    1 of 5 people found this useful