Instead they make you jump through a million extra hoops to get it to work
It’s only a matter of time until we get a DRM mouse that only works when online
For the longest time the GeForce Experience application didn't need a login. A lot of users (like me) have that application just to do the automatic driver updates. Why do I need to login to do that?
"Let's add friction to all of our users so that the small percentage of those users who do want to sign up to our cloud gaming service won't have any friction."
"Brilliant! Make it happen."
Took me forever to figure out that an ad blocker breaks their driver stuff login...which is all sorta of wtf in itself
Ugh. I think my bad week is spilling into my comments.
Bindings are already stored in the hardware anyhow
Not to mention the quality of the mouse itself. I bought 2 and they both only lasted 10 months and a year. I know a streamer that replaces them every 6 months.
I switched to another brand. Looks like they spend more resources on adware and not on quality hardware.
Quality is just awful in comparison with the original.
They removed the docking station, battery life is terrible and the drivers are buggy.
I'm incredibly disappointed. I wish they still manufactured the original product instead of this new mouse whose only improvement is that the LED changes colour.
Oh and it doesn't work in wired mode on the mac ...
A VR headset is much like a mouse (with built-in screen and speakers), and there's already one on the market that will require a particular social media account soon in order to keep working. 
Just plug in a mouse - Windows fetches the driver package and, voila, you are a proud owner of LogiLDA.dll that will pester you with random marketing bullshit until forcibly removed from the system.
Apple's drivers for basic input devices are extremely bad. I couldn't believe it when I was first using a Mac. You need vendor drivers for everything.
You can switch it off with SysInternal's Autoruns  ... along with all other stuff that Autoruns will dig up.
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I don't think I trust proprietary drivers anymore. Especially if they come from the gaming industry.
I don't really blame MS people just want to plug in and play.
Come to think of it, they are probably also partially liable through the GDPR alone...
The only reason to use this proprietary malware is to reverse engineer it.
Yeah, that's exactly what I mean. These fancy input devices usually have LEDs, macros, variable sensitivity and other nifty features that are configured via vendor-specific driver applications. I've never used one that was even remotely good.
My Clevo laptop shipped with gamer-style bloatware that would take over a minute just to start up. I managed to reverse engineer it with wireshark and made a command line program that implements most of the features I cared about. The code is pretty short, here is the project in case anyone wants to see how it works or create a custom version for their own hardware:
It was just a matter of figuring out what data the manufacturer's application sends to the device and making my program do the same thing.
BUT WHEN I DO I SWITCH MY MOUSE MODELS EVERY WEEK
Yes, well, not everybody does; and plugging in a gaming mouse is a pretty good signal that you’re one of the people that don’t. (Or that you’re at least a person with multiple computers who doesn’t use that one for work.)
Then again, recalling the marketing of Windows 7 way back when, centralizing notifications like this was supposed to be what the Windows Action Center was for. But they just never added support for arbitrary third-party “actions” to it. Kind of perplexing.
Just so people are aware, here is just one example: https://discussions.apple.com/thread/7428677
A fullscreen add after you go into Music, and apparently no way to turn it off permanently. I've had this happen to me this year.
I had this happen after I went to play music, and this popped up for me AFTER selecting a song I owned to play.
So, if we are going to go after Steelseries for advertising for free software specifically used for the hardware the person owns, let's make sure we call it out wherever it's happening.
The most upvoted comments are along the lines of "you're using Windows 10, who cares if something else spies on you LUL" which is the dumbest argument I've ever heard, which makes me suspect they might be corporate puppets.
Or perhaps we've just been conditioned to ignore any privacy concerns as bullshit and just laugh and shrug whenever yet another company wants to make money off our data.
I think it's a grey zone as for most of the cases people are going to be happy to get that software.
The issue is they're pushing unwanted software that displays ads on the desktop through a (possibly bogus) driver update that you can't really refuse without halting Windows Update altogether.
Installing adware on my computer without any input from me is NOT ok.
And I have been using headphones(wired) for 5 years without feeling the need to use their sowtware.
Apple installs adware of the same type that SteelSeries does.