• 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Do Not Buy This Mouse

    • Written by from New York

    Has this product been shelved yet? It's quite telling when Apple employees even tell me not to buy it. The big problem, as you've read, is the scroll wheel. Any microscopic debris that gets into the wheel renders it ineffective. And worthless as a mouse. Right now it's sitting on my shelf as I used an old PC mouse until I got the Magic Mouse. Spend the extra money for that - yeah, it has battery life problems but it's at least functional.

    6 of 11 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Horrible

    • Written by from Budd Lake

    I had to jump through hoops to get Apple to replace the first one. The scroll kept getting clogged. You cannot open it to clean it like every other mouse. I had to go down to my closest Apple store for a replacement (30 miles away)...then the second one did the same thing in a matter of 2 months. I love Apple products, but this mouse sx big time. what are they thinking?

    7 of 13 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    scrolling problems

    • Written by from Blair

    I am on my 2nd mouse in 1 1/2 yr of having my computer. The scroll button does not always work. There is no making sense out of when it will decide to work or not.

    2 of 7 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Apple Mouse

    • Written by from Salmon Arm

    In the regular Apple mouse, the ball seems to refuse to scroll down after a period of usage.
    Solution: Dip a Q-tip in alcohol and work over the ball in all directions, let dry and plug 'er back in. Q-tip should not be dripping wet.
    Other than the above problem, the mouse design and system is my favourite after 20 or so years of mouse relationships.

    20 of 24 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Better than the Magic Mouse. Better than the Magic Trackpad.

    • Written by from Lebanon

    Am I the only person who really likes this mouse?

    I understand that there are some trackball issues, but if you are a clean person and work in a clean office, then dirt and grime will not build up inside the trackball area, and if it does it can be cleaned with an alcohol prep pad easily.

    Everything else about this mouse is amazing, especially the way it works with Exposé & Spaces. The "center mouse button, right-click button, and side squeeze buttons" are features not available on the Magic Trackpad. Those features make it more powerful. It is also much easier to control and more versatile than the Magic Trackpad in terms of navigating the Mac OS.

    I own the Magic Trackpad, and it sits on the corner of my desk unused, unless I want to do mindless web browsing for fun.

    The Apple Mouse is for serious work and productivity and won't let you down. It's a classic.

    14 of 18 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Scroll Wheel Fail

    • Written by from Surprise

    The design and functionality of this mouse are fine, but it is constructed of cheaply-made parts. I have gone through several of these and in each one the scroll wheel degrades and ends up spinning uselessly after only a few months. This forces me to click and drag, which doesn't sound like a huge inconvenience but it is - it interrupts flow and impacts productivity. In addition to this mouse I also have a Wacom tablet, and frequently end up using the tablet instead of the mouse due to the frustration experienced with this item.

    6 of 13 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    i hate it, i hate it, i hate it more

    • Written by

    This mac device is NOT dependable after three months of use. The scroll ball does NOT operate properly. For a company of Brand Image and Quality it is surprising that this one necessary piece for a home computer fails.

    Simply put: BITE ME!

    4 of 9 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Short-Lived Romance

    • Written by from Mount Vernon

    I've had 8 of these mice. They start off as the answer to all your dreams. The little 360-degree roller ball has you thinking life is good. (And I LOVE the smooth one-big-button surface.) Then the little ball quits working. Then you can't use the mouse at all. So you take it to the Apple store and the Genius Bar guys try to clean the ball and it works better for another week or so, then you're back at the store with the same tale. The staff replaces the mouse for free. Then the entire cycle starts over. Then you have to buy the mice yourself. Basically, once the ball gets dirty (and it always does), the $50 mouse dies.

    Perhaps, like me, you then decide to try the Magic Mouse. You're free of the dirty-roller-ball problem, but that Magic Mouse is not good. You put in MUCH effort to hit your target. It's VERY hard to be precise -- and the low profile does not make your hand muscles happy.

    My advice: Give up on Apple mice and look elsewhere.

    4 of 9 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Scroll ball is destined to die on you quickly

    • Written by from flushing

    This is a fantastically designed mouse. Potentially, this mouse operates like a dream. I purchased the magic mouse and got rid of it because my macpro had to be within 20 inches for it to work properly so I went back to this mouse. It worked for a short time until the ball got dirty. Then I had about a month of intermittent function. After that month the mouse was useless so I ponies up the $50 for another one. Now THIS ONE is going bad on me. I wouldn't be so upset it's just $50 is no joke! That's alot of money for a freaking mouse Apple. And I do not keep a dirty workplace. REGULAR wear gives this mouse a 1 year maximum shelf life. Terrible.

    6 of 11 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    best mouse ever

    • Written by from harriman

    this is the best mouse ever
    plus you can customize what button does what

    6 of 9 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    bad design

    • Written by from Towson

    The scroll ball is intermittent at best. It often only works in one direction and sometimes not at all. i'd get a magic mouse if it came in a wired version, but the one i have on my other computer has its batteries die every few months, often just when you don't have any spares on hand.

    6 of 9 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Constantly have to fix it

    • Written by from Cupertino

    I find this mouse really cute and stylish but this scroll bar gets dirty and does not work properly way too often. It doesn't get messed up entirely, but it requires more care than other mice I've used.

    2 of 4 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Apple Mouse cord too short among other things

    • Written by from Kerhonkson

    i thought that i would revisit the apple mouse after 5 years. nothing has changed!
    i had the wireless first and that was horrible..
    now the cord on the non-wireless is so short - it doesn't reach around to the right side of my macbook? what moron designed this?
    i mean really - didn't you test the length?
    i want my money back!

    5 of 8 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Engineering issues need to be addressed

    • Written by from Orlando

    I'm on my third one in two years. And the one I have now has also succumbed to lousy engineering. It's the infamous trackball issue. So I will now need to replace it as well. This time the ball won't even move forward.That makes four in two years. Surely, an innovative company like Apple is capable of designing a piece of hardware that lasts more than six months. If I could figure out how to disassemble the thing I would fix it myself.

    3 of 5 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Horrible Mouse

    • Written by from Dickson

    My college has multiple Mac labs that have around 20 iMacs per lab. Each of these iMacs use this horrible mouse. It's like winning the lottery to find a mouse with a scroll ball that works properly.

    Not only is the scroll (or lack thereof) frustrating, but the buttons on the side are too sensitive. If you have large hands or a tight grip, you will keep pushing those without meaning to. I've seen this happen to many people many times.

    Here's another problem: The cord is far to short. When using on the iMac, you have a limited area of where your hand can go. When using on a Macbook Pro (with USB ports on the left), a right-handed person doesn't have the cord length to use the mouse.

    And another: The bottom gets really gross and may scratch up the surface it's on. It's like a dirt magnet.

    All in all, when I'm at my college, I prefer to work on my Macbook Pro simply because the trackpad is amazing, and the Apple Mouse belongs in the trash. I've ordered an iMac for myself, and you better believe I chose the Magic Trackpad...


    I do not own one of these (nor do I ever intend on owning one).

    7 of 10 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Like wired mouse as well or better than wireless Magic

    • Written by from Cedar Falls

    I have a near new (12/'10) G5 with the wireless so called Magic Mouse. My trouble free 5 year old former G5 had the wired optical mouse. Other than having to occasionally clean the roller ball (not difficult, just dampen clean finger, or use lintless wet cloth - turn it belly up and roll the ball around a bit. Picks up skin oils over time) I much prefer it overall. Also - no batteries to change monthly or so. :-)

    The new wireless is a PAIN due to excessive sensitivity in navigating the cursor, and it being nearly impossible to comfortably and reliably grip the side with out inadvertently touching some part of the full sized top sensing cover. Using Excel it's easy to jump several lines, rows or even windows and not even know it. It might be OK if there were a touch sensitivity adjustment - but there is none.

    I'm about ready to buy the wired mouse again. Way easier to use most of the time, and has the side squeeze buttons missing on the newer wireless. Wish I had let them keep the wireless and me take my old mouse at trade in. I did keep my extended keyboard. Need number pad and nav keys as I do lost of Excel numbers work. Bummer they now charge extra for what was standard keyboard.

    2 of 3 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Poorly designed.

    • Written by

    The 1st one that came with my iMac lasted 8-9 months before it started being difficult, scrolling problems. Only much later after much frustration did I search about it to find all kinds of bad comments. I bought a new one that lasted a few months, replaced under warranty, that lasted about the same time & replaced. Finally after another 6 months when it started going bad, I just replaced it with a LogiTec that has been fine. It's clear that this was a poorly designed piece of equipment that should have been recalled and replaced with a non-defective mouse. It doesn't deserve a 1 star rating and you can't do your own service on this piece of junk.

    8 of 10 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Scroll bar craters early

    • Written by from Lander

    Scroll ball just plain stops working due to whatever reason...dirt, skin oil, etc. But you can't service the stupid thing without destroying the plastic bits holding the mouse together. I'd give it less than one star if it were possible. Real "green" design Apple...thanks.

    4 of 5 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Bad scroll and laggy

    • Written by from Landvetter

    This mouse seem to work sometimes just fine but most of the time at least for me its laggy and the scroll doesn't work that good at all. Put your money on a better mouse!

    4 of 5 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    You Just Need To Baby It

    • Written by from Mason City

    This mouse is actually a very nice mouse. The problem with the scroll ball is a little frustrating, however, all you need to do is turn it over, bell up, and roll it across a sheet of paper and get all the dirt and grime from your fingers out of the ball. This will not hurt the mouse and will make it work like a charm every time. I have used this mouse for a long time and it has never failed me. I would never go back to a regular mouse again.

    2 of 3 people found this useful