Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 8th Mar 2014 20:42 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems

Out of the millions of things Samsung throws at a wall each year to see what sticks, they seem to have picked the fake leather on devices. The most recent victim? A Windows 8 laptop - the ATIV Book 9 'Style'. This thing joins the phones, tablets, and ChromeBooks Samsung has already tacked the fake leather onto.

Genuine question: is there anyone in the audience here who likes this look? If so, why?

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No way!
by Veto on Sun 9th Mar 2014 07:18 UTC
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Plastic molded with wood or leather grain is usually just tacky!

However the Asus Nexus 7 (2012) got it right. The back cover has a dark brown, soft, leathery finish. However instead of imitating leather grain they used a dimple pattern, which gives a nice tactile feel and actually looks classy.

An excellent designer will use the materials to their best, instead of trying to make them look like some other material. Plastic is not a bad material in itself.

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