Pace iLok 2
Pace iLok Portable USB Smart Key - enables easy transfer of software authorisations between computers, holds over 500 software licence authorizations, sleek black design and cool blue LED, sturdy USB connector and solid body, custom label may be added under the protective sleeve. Requires iLOK account and compatible software / plugins
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'Portable and Convenient' it says on the packet. Well, it IS portable . . . The key itself looks quite fragile, and has a detachable connector cover that will be easily lost. The best I can say about it is that it is plug and play and it works. It will probably never be moved from the USB port on my PC that it has invaded, so physical durability is not an issue. It might be of some use to a professional AVID user who has more than one workstation, but that's it.It is the antithesis of convenient.
If I could I would rate this device (and its ilk) as minus infinity. I'll explain. I use a number of iLok secured plugins, but, and this is the key factor, they are secured with release V2.6 of the software version. So when I bought a Lexicon plugin that said it needed iLok V2 I thought 'that's OK, I have V2.6 . . ' Wrong. So in order to use my new mid priced plugin I am forced to pay for a piece of USB port blocking hardware that has no other use whatsoever, increasing the cost of the plugin by more than 30% before it can be run. At the very least software companies mandating its use should be obliged to provide a physical iLok. It's like buying a car, only to be told you can't use it unless you pay out another few thousand to get the keys. Although my PC has 8 USB ports I also had to buy a hub to add more. Before iLok there was the Cubase eLicencer (another unnecessary and irritating loss of a valuable USB port, and criticisms of the iLok apply equally to this waste of space and computer resources, but at least Steinberg supply it), my graphics pad, keyboard, mouse, MPC, Novation controller, audio interface, and external hard drive.
Of course software needs to be properly protected, but the compulsory use of this kind of outdated, proprietary, expensive and computer clogging hardware is definitely not how to do it. ilok hardware could potentially be an optional purchase for people who need portability, where there is then a clear added value proposition, and for no other reason. Had I known Lexicon's requirements I would never have parted with my money. I certainly won't be buying anything else from them, or indeed any one else who supports iLok hardware, as I regard the requirement to use a physical iLok as showing complete contempt for their customers and nothing short of blackmail as well as at a stroke hamstringing computer connectivity. If products using this coercion are boycotted maybe it will die the death it so richly deserves.
Once again, as a legitimate software user I am forced to wonder why software companies make it so time consuming, difficult and, in this case additionally expensive, to use products the I have paid for. It's like they hate their customers. I'm starting to hate them back.
As miserable as I expected
I expected it to be clunky and and difficult to use (on top of not being able to use my software that I own, where and when I like).
The actual experience of using the product was more awful than my expectations. Unresponsive website. Confusing UI. Lots of wasted time.
Buy it if you need it. But if you are like me, you'll hate the iLok and resent software manufactures for making the uninformed choice to foist an outdated, clunky, time-wasting user experience upon you.
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|sales unit||1 piece|
|available since||December 2010|
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