Is internet access REALLY required
to install Sidewinder X6 Keyboard?
If you have this keyboard, can you tell me if internet access was REALLY required
for installing this keyboard? Have you tried installing it without internet access? If so, what was the result?
I'm interested in the Microsoft Sidewinder X6 keyboard, but I'm VERY concerned about something I read on the "requirements" page.
* CD drive
* Powered USB port
* Internet access REQUIRED for software installation.
One concern is just how much longer will Microsoft support this keyboard's "authorization" (or for whatever the hell is REQUIRED for installation)? This keyboard is already a couple years old, and I could see Microsoft easily dropping support without warning in just a year or so...That would thus make this keyboard USELESS because you therefore wouldn't be able to install it
. What happens when you upgrade your system and/or reinstall your OS then? It would seem you're stuck with a paper-weight if that happens.
Even though this comes with a CD, it REQUIRES internet access for installation? I can only guess this is some sort of "authorization" check (and Microsoft being DAMNED F-ING control-freak
nosey yet again).
Just for info, another reason I'm so concerned about this is that I once bought over $500 of software that during installation from CDs had to be "authorized" over the internet, even though ALL of the program was on the CDs (similar to Microsoft key handling). But the program become worthless in less than a year when I upgraded the computer and had to reinstall the program. The company had stopped supporting that version of the software...but I would be allowed to buy an "discounted upgrade authorization" for a couple hundred bucks!
(note: moved from different thread for focus)
edit to add:
The choice (which must be made today) is between this
$45 Microsoft Sidewinder X6
$60 Logitech G110
Note: The X6 and G110 have comparable (+/-5% more or less) user feedback ratings on Newegg
and seem to have comparable website "editor/contributor" reviews...but the G110 appears
to NOT have the "phone home" installation requirement.
edit: eliminated urgent timeline requirement as this keyboard is no longer on sale at $45
But, if you can provide information...KNOWING exactly how this online installation requirement works is still important if it comes on sale again.