Is the Mighty Mouse REALLY that bad?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by fivepoint, Jan 31, 2008.

  1. fivepoint macrumors 65816


    Sep 28, 2007
    This week I got my brand new 24" iMac, and was very excited about the wireless Mighty Mouse that I got along with it. I previously had used a logitech MX 700 and was looking forward to having something with similar functionality actually built WELL by Apple. It would look good, and work good... or so I thought.

    When I first started the computer I immediately set up the mighty mouse to work with Expose. I had the side (squeeze) button tiling all windows, and the roller (push down) button to clear the screen completely.

    Here is where the problems began. I am a pretty big guy, and was even a collegiate athlete... but I still find it kind of difficult to squeeze the side buttons to activate expose. Sometimes, mid-squeeze, I accidentally let go causing things to happen unintentionally on the screen. On the other hand, sometimes I am doing something completely different and squeeze the buttons on accident causing a similar problem. Just seems kind of inconsistent... or maybe I just 'squeeze' my mouse too much sometimes. :)

    Beyond this, the entire mouse seems kind of unpolished. I don't mean the finish... the 'action' the mouse has when being depressed is not very clean, and although I kind of like the scroll ball, I really miss the additional buttons I had on each side of the scroll wheel on the old logitech.

    Anyway, I think it is fair to say that the Mighty Mouse is not for me. What I want to know from you guys, is two things:

    1) Have you had similar problems with your Mighty Mouse? What is your take on it?

    2) Is there a good alternative out there? I would personally like it to be bluetooth (so I don't have to use up a USB port) but from my website searches... this might not be a posibility. For whatever reason, bluetooth does not seem to be a popular choice for wireless mice.

    I would like functionality similar to my old MX700 (I think it has like 7 buttons or so) and a good 'heavy feel' to the mouse. No portables please.

    Any suggestions you guys could make would be very much appreciated!

    -Five "I want to throw my mighty mouse against a wall" Point
  2. snickelfritz macrumors 65816


    Oct 24, 2003
    Tucson AZ
    Mighty Mouse scroll-ball clogs too easily.
    Side buttons are too easy to invoke accidentally; mine are disabled.
    The Left/right click function has to be learned; difficult to right-click at first.
    The shape, size and weight of the mouse is good.

    The Logitech MX Revolution is a nice wireless mouse.
  3. arkitect macrumors 603


    Sep 5, 2005
    Bath, United Kingdom
    A disaster of design.

    Logitech MX Revolution
  4. student_trap macrumors 68000


    Mar 14, 2005
    'Ol Smokey, UK
    see now i like my mighty mouse. Yes the scroll ball is easily clogged, but its just as easily remedied. furthermore, when it finally gives up the ghost, apple give you a new one (as long as its still under warranty).
  5. beardboy macrumors regular


    Nov 5, 2007
    I've just got myself the Logitech MX Revolution instead of the Mighty Mouse. The reason for this is i spent a lot of time researching the Mighty Mouse and alternatives, and the MX came out the best overall.

    I haven't used it yet, as i'm still waiting for my MacBook to arrive, but as and when it does, it should be really good.

    It has 7 buttons, and each are customisable in individual programs too, which is a bonus!
  6. richard.mac macrumors 603


    Feb 2, 2007
    51.50024, -0.12662
    when i first got my wireless mighty mouse the side squeeze buttons were very hard to squeeze but i didnt really use it that much as i have exposé set for the scroll button. now after 8 months of use ive found that the side squeeze buttons are a lot easier to use in fact ive now set them to invoke spaces.

    do you mean that the right click and normal click arent reliable? make sure you lift your left finder when you right click (or vice versa if youre a lefty) as the shell is heat sensitive. after you get used to this you wont even notice it.

    1) the only problem ive had is the scroll bar stops scrolling up. a simple fix is to turn in off and scroll frantically upside down on a piece of paper.

    2) when i was looking for bluetooth mice i too didnt find that much of a selection. ice only seen logitech, microsoft and radtech bluetooth mice. i went for the mighty mouse for its 360 scroll ball and for its nice integration into Mac OS X. this logitech MX900 mouse has 6 buttons.

    as you would of probably guessed i like my mighty mouse. but if you dont like the squeeze buttons or the "one button" design you probably should look into the logitechs or microsofts.
  7. AppleFan360 macrumors 68020

    Jan 26, 2008
    I'm in the minority but I like the mighty mouse. It's not the best mouse I have ever used but I like how it feels in my hand and like the scroll ball. I wouldn't call it a disaster.

    I agree with you though. I don't want another mouse that clogs up a USB port. There has to be other bluetooth mice on the market somewhere.
  8. ayale99 macrumors 6502

    Dec 6, 2007
    It just waaay to small for my hand. It amazes me how apple can design so many amazing products and still put out a horrible mouse.
  9. nando2323 macrumors 6502a

    Aug 15, 2007
    I second this here the MX Revo is an awesome mouse. I really like the MM before but I was looking for a wireless alternative and the BT MM is just plain useless. Now I got the MX Revo and it is awesome, it really is worth the money.
  10. LeftoverCrack macrumors member

    Jan 2, 2008
    I love my mighty mouse, but i agree its a tad small and fragile. it just took me some time before i had the hang of it tho.
  11. fivepoint thread starter macrumors 65816


    Sep 28, 2007
    This looks like an interesting alternative. I was afraid of this one at first, because it needs a USB port, but I see now that the USB plug in is TINY! Can you verify for me that it can be connected to the Apple Keyboard with no trouble? Just wanted to make sure that it fit, and that the power was sufficient. I think this could be my new mouse if this aspect is correct. I just don't want to waste my USB ports on the back of the computer.

    Well, yes and no. The unreliable right click isn't what I was referencing. I was talking about the un-clean action any click (right or left) makes as you depress the mouse. I just don't prefer how it works and how it feels. Probably just a preference thing.

    The right click thing is also an issue though. It is SO annoying when I try and right click and it doesn't work. I can get it about 95% of the time now... but it is still a bit frustrating.

    That IS kind of amazing, isn't it! Sometimes I think form comes over function a BIT too much... however, I would never tell them to change that, because there aren't ENOUGH companies that care about design and about successfully developing the complete package. Apple is one such company, and I for one appreciate it. They just plain miss on their mice, thats all there is to it.
  12. errol macrumors 6502


    Jan 11, 2008
    The mighty mouse is very comfortable, the buttons are easy to click, and it's extremely comfortable to wear. However, the ball gets dirty and stuck too frequently and requires cleaning
  13. nando2323 macrumors 6502a

    Aug 15, 2007
  14. fivepoint thread starter macrumors 65816


    Sep 28, 2007
  15. notjustjay macrumors 603


    Sep 19, 2003
    Canada, eh?
    I have a few qualms with the Mighty Mouse...

    First, the name. Seriously, Apple!

    Second, the scroll ball gets dirty and refuses to scroll in certain directions, necessitating a cleaning. Dirty mouse balls?! I thought we were past this years ago.

    Third, the right-click. I strongly feel I should not have to adapt the way I use my mouse just so that one manufacturor can stick with its arbitrary wish to have a mouse that appears to only have one button. As it is, about 30% of the time I right-click, I accidentally left-click instead, and often that causes counterproductive things to happen (like I shift-click a bunch of items in a selection to perform an action, accidentally left-click and lose the selection.. doh!)

    Even if it could have been just a proper two-button mouse, I'd be much happier with it.

    I recently switched back to my Logitech MX700 Bluetooth mouse. Problem is now it feels so much heavier compared to the Mighty Mouse.
  16. Mindflux macrumors 68000


    Oct 20, 2007
    Like MX700 Optical, "Intellimouse", MX Revolution or the host of other god awful names are any better?
  17. nando2323 macrumors 6502a

    Aug 15, 2007
  18. nando2323 macrumors 6502a

    Aug 15, 2007
  19. fivepoint thread starter macrumors 65816


    Sep 28, 2007
  20. Chris204 macrumors regular

    Jan 9, 2008
    The only problems I have with the Mighty Mouse is the fact that it's not split in the middle for left/right clicks. I have it setup to perform right click duties, but I sometimes don't click far enough to the right and the left button options perform instead. It's a bit annoying.

    I also find the glossy finish really slippery, especially if you've been holding it for a while and your hands get sweaty.
  21. Senor360 macrumors regular


    Nov 20, 2007
    Left/right mouse functions..

    Hmm.. this is going to put a crimp in my looting the dead bodies that lay before me in World of Warcraft, once I get my iMac. :D
  22. nout72 macrumors regular


    Dec 27, 2007
    The Netherlands
    Mostly I love the Mighty Mouse.

    - It fits my hand perfect.
    - The smooth plastic feels nice, a bit luxurious.
    - The mouse clicks have a nice tactile feel - I lift my right finger anyways, no matter which mouse I use, so I don't have any trouble with the right click.
    - The scroll ball works adequate most of the time, though I agree it isn't always responsive enough, at times I have to press the little scroll-ball a bit to make it respond instead of just smoothly let my finger run over it.
    'Accelerate scrolling', with USB Overdrive for instance, doesn't always work smoothly.
    Accelerate scrolling is a convenient way of scrolling where a short and delicate finger-movement results in 1 to 3 lines, using more force results in an acceleration and brings you almost immediately at the bottom of a page.
    The Mighty Mouse's scroll-ball doesn't always register a short and delicate movement and I have to press-scroll in order to get things moving, it therefore unintentionally accelerates, which can be pretty annoying.
  23. Guiltygugu macrumors member

    Oct 30, 2007
    my friggin scroll ball clogs like a mofo....

    this is my second one after my first one turned yellow and the scroll ball ceased to work (after 2 months of usage).....the second one is also loosing its white finish and also turning yellow and the scroll ball is also starting to muck up

    what the heck!! am i overfly filthy? a clean person!!

  24. forafireescape macrumors 6502a


    Jan 16, 2008
    It took me awhile to get used to mine, but I like it okay now. The one-button clicking doesn't bother me - I don't really ever "mess up" and press the wrong button. I -DID- make the mistake of getting it just because it's Apple, assuming it would be the best. Looking back, I should have done more research. :eek:
  25. fivepoint thread starter macrumors 65816


    Sep 28, 2007

    I ordered my Logitech MX Revolution today. It won't ship from Amazon for another 5 days though... boo. :(

    Dang Super Saver Shipping.

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