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.