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Steinberg eLicenser Key Reviews

3.5 stars based on 7 customer reviews
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  • Marcus
    from Washington, DC April 20, 2017Music Background:
    Audio Engineer

    Works Perfectly With Nuendo Live

    Excellent product to load a Nuendo Live license (although I wish Nuendo offered licenses that did not require a USB, let alone a proprietary USB stick).

    Ordered a rush shipment and got this in hand really quickly...

  • David H. Bailey
    from December 7, 2016

    A Necessary Evil

    Dongles should be a thing of the past, but unfortunately they aren't for certain companies which happen to make fantastic software products that I want to use. Thus the need for this eLicenser Key for Steinberg products.

    Steinberg does have a soft eLicenser program which can be used to hold the licenses for its software. That is very convenient until A) you want to use a different computer such as a laptop while traveling even though your main computer is your desktop back at home; or B) you have a computer failure which results in the need for a new motherboard or hard drive and then you have to jump through hoops to get the software activated again with the new hardware (not an insurmountable problem, but it still takes time).

    This eLicenser Key allows you to have Steinberg software installed on as many computers as you want and then you simply move this dongle from computer to computer to use the software. And if there is a hardware failure requiring re-installation of the Steinberg software, this eLicenser Key guarantees that you can start working again immediately.

    Downside is that it is small and could be easily lost -- upside is there is a huge loop built into the dongle so that you can attach a key ring or lanyard so that it's not so easily lost.

    The reason I gave it 5 stars is that it works very nicely, it's small and easily carried from computer to computer and it does exactly what it's supposed to do. But I hate the whole idea of having to use it to insure that my installation of the software is legal.

  • Customer
    from HOUSTON,TX January 18, 2012Music Background:



  • Customer
    from January 24, 2014Music Background:


    My e-licenser broke so now I have to buy a new one. Forgot it was in my PC and pushed it into the wall. It still works but the area that contains the usb chip is gone. I wish that there was some way to put the e-license on my pc without the usb. Guest it keeps people from using a stolen product or it is a way to get more money once it breaks. But as long as you’re careful there should be no problems.

  • Silvanus
    from January 18, 2017

    Needs a better casing

    The software, of course, is good, but the manufacturers have not made a firm dongle for its activation. My has fallen apart twice and is taped together.

    I live in fear of losing it as I travel and do musical projects elsewhere.

    Right now I am just trying to navigate purchasing a back up and how to activate. So much time and hassle.

  • Zack Walter
    from MI October 31, 2016

    Falls into pieces

    This physical tether is both inconveniently protruding so I have to always take it out before moving around, and so small and sensitive that I fear bringing it anywhere for destroying or losing it.

  • Lauren
    from San Diego, CA June 12, 2015

    The only usb device I've had that falls apart.

    My MacBook Pro sits on it's own aluminum stand away from every thing else. I only take the hardware license out when I move my laptop. So how does the case just fall apart? I have never had a usb device do this. This is a pricey item to be made so cheaply. When will Steinberg do the right thing for its customers? This weak link in an otherwise decent software product has me thinking of selling my software and eLicenser.

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