All devices provide activation-use abilities (some being consumable, some not).
Most consoles are the opposite, providing passive-enhancement to ship functionality.
Then there are those problem-consoles, found on zen bought ships (or cross-faction packs), which provide active abilities like devices but go in console slots (save for a few instances where they end up in weapon slots instead).
These "odd men out" consoles blur the lines between devices and consoles, undermining the foundation of the segregation in the first place.
Please Cryptic, clearly segregate consoles and devices by either (a) changing "active ability consoles" into device items (and give all categories of ship starting at RA +1 device slot) or (b) converting these "special ability consoles" into "restricted to appropriate ship/faction use account-wide captain available skills" making "cross faction consoles" single-character unlocks thereby enforcing the concept of devices = activation-use items and consoles = passive enhacements only.