Not very clever, but an extension cable would be a good idea, so that it’s not rigid when something hits it. And why not, wrap it in some electrical tape- leaving a gap so you can see the light inside.
I use a USB extension cable. Simple, economical, effective.
PS - If you want to get fancy, buy a plastic soap box* at the dollar store. Put the dongle inside and make a groove in both sides, so the extension cable can pass through. Snap it shut and breath easier.
Most laptops have extra USB ports inside somewhere that are not brought out to connectors (the trick is to find them of course) but I once soldered a spare USB eLicenser inside one, and after I had checked that everything was still working, that I could load the eLicenser software and have it see the “internal” eLicenser etc., I then plugged in my original eLicenser and transferred the license across to the internal one.
I have had the same dongle for nearly 4 years now with no problems although I do have a back up “just in case”!
About a week ago I removed the dongle from my laptop and the 2 halves separated…just like that!!!
I hadn’t dropped it, banged it against anything…nothing, it just separated!
I glued it back together and, once the superglue was dry, I wrapped it in clear sellotape.
I would suggest that a simple pre-emptive wrap in clear tape is a simple fix for future issues.
Modern laptops have a limited number of USB ports, if any … it’s about time Steinberg offered some alternatives, for example, how about a BLE (Bluetooth low energy) “wearable” eLicenser … strap it on like a wristwatch or wear it around your neck with a lanyard, and as long as it’s in the vicinity of the paired computer, Steinberg products will work?
I have two of them, each are wrapped in few turns of double-sided tape (much like scotch tape but thicker and more elastic, and on top of that is one layer of shipping tape. Seems to do the trick, but also ugly. But then, who’s looking, and if they are, they have dongle envy