Oh yes.. 5 Engineering consoles!! OMG!! And most people who buy them probably get all 3 consoles.. so your loading your ship up with 3 consoles , plus whatever other gimmick consoles you had like the Graviton Pulse Generator.. suddenly.. the space for the standard consoles we use and love.. is getting very very slim.
As other posters pointed out, the 5th Engi Console slot is simply to make the Operations Odyssey more attractive when using all 3 consoles for the set bonuses. I doubt many dumped 2k CP's into the Operations Ody, alone, just for an extra console slot.
seriously, its a T6 vessel so is the bortas, it bout time we started sein the T6 line, and soon the level cap will increase imo, Im a tac fed and chose the sci oddy, and went with bortas command ship for my klink tac for the boost the the sheilds. The T6 escort and sci line of ships will be made avaliable at somepoint, just hunkerdown, use whats best for your playstyle till then and well.. wait.
Just wait till next month when a new escort or sci vessel comes out that will invalidate all other escorts/sci vessels that have been bought and paid for.
We said it with the Rhode Island, "it's a slippery slope and before we know it bam, selling T5 +1's in the c-store".
"Nooooooo", the apologists and devs said. "There are no plans to do T5 +1's".
Look where we are now.
1) These are not +1 ships. The Devs have said so.
2) The Rhode Island is not overpowered for its tier, even as +1. The Devs have said so.
So we have no reason to complain, really.
To be honest, I don't really know why the Devs cannot come out and say: "Yes, the Odyssey is a +1 Tier 5 Cruiser. Deal with it." I find their current statements either dishonest or misguided. Neither reflects well on them. The best case scenario is they think more consoles, universal slots and more hull and shields and sensor analysis don't affect balance and can be compensated by a lower turn rate. But then a whole set of different ships don't make sense.
The Excelsior must actually be more powerful than the Sovereign with that mindset, since it does have a higher turn rate, and turn rate can compensate, hull, shields, console slots, universal slots? All Klingon Cruisers must be significantly overpowered in turn, as they have a significantly higher turn rate plus a cloak.