Convergent Design Drops Price Of Odyssey7Q+ SSDs

By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS)

Convergent Design has made it a lot cheaper to get into an external monitor/recorder by slashing prices on their Odyssey7Q+ SSD drives by up to 44%. Not only that, but they’ve also opened up the Odyssey to allow for third party SSD support and has pre-qualified a handful of Samsung SSD drives to help filmmakers hit the ground running.

“Convergent Design announces a major revamp of SSD support and prices. This revamp will lower costs dramatically for clients using the Odyssey7Q+, Odyssey7Q and the Odyssey7 monitor/recorders. The Odyssey7Q+ will now ship with media included as well as additional accessories. The prices on all three models of Odyssey SSDs have been dramatically lowered. And five models of Samsung SSDs have been qualified by Convergent Design for use in all Odyssey 7.7” monitor/recorders with the upcoming 2015.07 free firmware update.” – Convergent Odyssey Press Release (see below)

The new prices break down as follows:

Convergent Design SSD Price Drop

Capacity Old List Price New List Price % Drop
256GB $395 $249 37%
512GB $795 $449 44%
1TB (1024GB) $1395 $795 43%

Price drops will vary internationally considering exchange rates, value added taxes, and custom fees (along with shipping), but it represents a pretty remarkable savings. In addition, Convergent will be shipping one 256GB SSD with every Odyssey7Q+ purchase, along with a five pack kit of handles so users can insert third party SSDs into their Odyssey7Q+, along with a 4K ready HDMI cable and adapter, an Ultra thin 3D-SDI cable and AC power adapter.

Along with the price drop, Convergent has tested and certified five model SSD drives from Samsung for use with all Odyssey monitor/recorders. Those models include:

  • Samsung 850 PRO 128GB
  • Samsung 850 PRO 256GB
  • Samsung 850 PRO 512GB
  • Samsung 850 PRO 1024GB (1TB)
  • Samsung 850 EVO 1000GB

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All five Samsung SSDs are qualified by Convergent Design to support all recording modes on all 7.7-inch Odyssey monitor/recorders, once these devices have been updated to the 2015.07 firmware.  The one model that hasn’t been approved is the  Samsung 850 EVO 500GB SSD. While Convergent has opened up support for third party SSD drives, users can’t just toss in any SSD drive to get going.

“To protect clients from recording issues,” states the Convergent press release, “only qualified SSDs or Odyssey SSDs will function in Odyssey 7.7-inch monitor/recorders.” Convergent has locked out all but drives that have gone through the testing and qualifying process and Samsung has gotten that started.

Convergent does caution, however, that while they have qualified these drives to work in Odyssey7Q+ recorders, they will not support them as they would their own SSD drives. This is largely due to the fact that they don’t sell them directly. So if you run into issues, you’ll need to address them with Samsung.

For more information, visit Convergent-Design.com.

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Press Release:

Odyssey7Q+ Now Includes 256GB SSD,

Prices Slashed on Odyssey SSDs,

Five Samsung SSDs Qualified

(Colorado Springs, CO) Today, July 1st, Convergent Design announces a major revamp of SSD support and prices. This revamp will lower costs dramatically for clients using the Odyssey7Q+, Odyssey7Q and the Odyssey7 monitor/recorders. The Odyssey7Q+ will now ship with media included as well as additional accessories. The prices on all three models of Odyssey SSDs have been dramatically lowered. And five models of Samsung SSDs have been qualified by Convergent Design for use in all Odyssey 7.7” monitor/recorders with the upcoming 2015.07 free firmware update.

 

One 256GB SSD Included With The Odyssey7Q+ 

Starting today, July 1st, the Convergent Design Odyssey7Q+ will ship with one 256GB Odyssey SSD included. A five-pack kit of SSD handles for use with qualified 3rd party SSDs (see below) is now included with each Odyssey7Q+. Convergent Design has further added a 4K-ready HDMI cable and adapter, as well as an Ultra-Thin 3G-SDI cable, to the universal AC power supply included with the Odyssey7Q+. All accessories are available for separate purchase from any Convergent Design dealer.

 

List Prices Slashed On Odyssey SSDs

Starting today, July 1st, Convergent Design has drastically reduced prices on all three models of Odyssey SSDs for the Odyssey 7.7” monitor/recorders. The 256GB Odyssey SSD is now $249, the 512GB Odyssey SSD drops to $449, and the 1TB Odyssey SSD is now $795. Prices are US list prices in United States Dollars. Prices around the world will vary due to shipping and customs fees. All Odyssey SSDs are fully warrantied by Convergent Design to perform in all recording modes on all 7.7” Odyssey monitor/recorders.

 

Convergent Design SSD Price Drop

Capacity Old List Price New List Price % Drop
256GB $395 $249 37%
512GB $795 $449 44%
1TB (1024GB) $1395 $795 43%


Five Samsung SSDs Qualified For Use In Odyssey Monitor/Recorders

After extensive testing, Convergent Design has now qualified five models of Samsung SSDs for use in all Odyssey 7.7” monitor/recorders once upgraded with the upcoming 2015.07 free firmware update.  Qualified Samsung SSD models are the 850 PRO series in 128GB, 256GB, 512GB and 1TB (1024GB) sizes, as well as the 850 EVO 1000GB.  All five Samsung SSDs are qualified by Convergent Design to support all recording modes on all 7.7” Odyssey monitor/recorders, once these devices have been updated to the 2015.07 firmware. The previously announced Samsung 850
EVO 500GB SSD is not qualified. 
To protect clients from recording issues, only qualified SSDs or Odyssey SSDs will function in Odyssey 7.7” monitor/recorders.  SSDs mount into the Odyssey monitor/recorders with a latching handle. Starting today, July 1st, a five-pack kit of SSD handles [view product info] will be included with all Odyssey7Q+ monitor/recorders as well as made available for purchase through the Convergent Design dealer network.

Qualified Samsung SSDs

Samsung 850 PRO 128GB
Samsung 850 PRO 256GB
Samsung 850 PRO 512GB
Samsung 850 PRO 1024GB (1TB)
Samsung 850 EVO 1000GB

Certified vs. Qualified

Odyssey SSDs are certified to work in Odyssey monitor/recorders.  Convergent Design tests and sells these SSDs, so the company has oversight to warranty their performance.  The above listed Samsung SSDs are qualified to work in Odyssey monitor/recorders.  While multiple samples have been tested extensively by Convergent Design, we do not directly sell this media, so Convergent Design cannot warranty individual 3rd party SSDs.  Convergent Design Customer Support is available to our clients 24/7, but we may not be able to successfully support 3rd party product to the same extent as our own products.

 

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