It's not that we think people are actually trying to match their wood panelled dated basements with their laptops. No sir. What is clear though is that the retro vibe can be a good one when it comes to gadgets. Moving towards natural materials such as wood and leather somehow makes a device feel less techy, even if the materials are not quite real.
This wood panelled laptop is a good example of that. Yes, it is vinyl with simulated wood grain, but since the Asus bamboo laptop is only being made in small quantities, and probably pretty expensive as a result, this is how you can get a similar feel at a fraction of the cost.