In the face of some fierce competition, Convergent Design has just sweetened the deal for its Odyssey 7Q+ field monitor/recorder, adding a 256GB SSD, an accessory bundle, a media price slash and more.
The competition between Convergent Design and Atomos has been heating up throughout 2015, as both companies seem intent on adding as much value as possible to their respective Odyssey 7Q line and Shogun field monitor/4K recorders. Much of this value has come by way of firmware updates, as both companies have added FS700 and FS7 4K RAW to Prores and DNxHR recording, expanded LUT capabilities and anamorphic desqueeze, along with a host of other goodies to the Odyssey 7Q line and Shogun in recent months. But Convergent Design has taken the value-add one step further, by packing in some hardware and accessories that might sway potential buyers to its product.
Convergent Design has kicked off July by announcing that its Odyssey 7Q+ monitor/recorders will now ship with a 256GB Odyssey SSD and an accessory bundle at no extra charge. The bundle includes a five-pack of SSD handles (more on this in a bit), a 4K-capable HDMI cable and adapter, an 'ultra-thin' 3G-SDI cable.
In addition, prices for Odyssey SSDs have been reduced between 37 and 44%. Obviously, the falling prices of media have played a part in this new pricing strategy for Odyssey SSDs, helped along by the pressure of competition.
It may interest current 7Q+ user that their recorders, after an upcoming update, will support third party SSDs. Okay, this support is relegated to only 5 models of Samsung SSDs, but I'm sure users will appreciate the option. The aforementioned five-pack of SSD handles, which are necessary if you're going the Samsung-route, are also available through the company's store.
With the back-and-forth between these two companies, I wouldn't be surprised if Atomos follows-up with some response in the next few weeks. Check back with RedShark News as we cover the moves in this competitive market.
For more information on the Odyssey 7Q+ bundle and third party SSD support, go to the full press release on Page Two!
Full press release
Odyssey7Q+ Now Includes 256GB SSD, Prices Slashed, and 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.
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.