Stardock's new CursorFX Beta is gratis, and PLUS is $20 - and they are both GREAT.
I've been a long time CursorXP user, in fact I had a license from before Stardock absorbed the developer. But I've finally quit using it and really prefer these cursor packages. I'd have issues with z-buffer issues with CursorXP, in some applications it would be behind menus, etc. Plus if you remote desktop to the system running CursorXP the mouse was terribly slow and jerky. A quick hotkey disable of CursorXP would deal with that but occasionally you'd end up with no cursor at all.
I'm not sure how many of these issues persist in CursorFX (I'm sure the remote desktop performance is still lacking, just because of what the program does) and I'm a little annoyed that their product branching would require me to buy it again, albeit discounted. All in all, I've become disenchanted with Stardock's products being half-baked and then development ceases. My Object Desktop subscription expires in March and I think I'm finally going to let it lapse after subscribing for seven years (maybe longer even?) now.