Originally Posted by ArgonNJ
I agree, I view the fake leather the same way I do with fake wood in cars. Its a bit tacky, I too would prefer a rubbery material instead. I can see the leather getting beat up, cut, and gouged over time.
Don't think of it as "Faux Leather". Think of it as "Elegantly Textured Rubber" ;) Perhaps even as "Corinthian
Personally, I didn't like it at first. Then, the more I have looked at the pics, it has grown on me. I too have the inevitable scratch/rub marks in the middle of my shiny plastic 8800 casing, and I can see how the mottled rubber surface (or even a mottled plastic surface) would help to prevent this.
I agree with everyone else that speculates there will be a wide array of after-market products to "address" this design choice if you really dislike it that much.
I can not wait to upgrade to this device!