If this is the first youâ€™ve heard the term, it refers to Windows PCs that resemble the MacBook Air â€” computers that are thin and light, use a flash drive rather than a traditional hard drive and can boot up rather quickly.
Call these thin and light notebooks for what they really are: MacBook Air clones. 2011 was the year of the iPad clones. And 2012 will be the year of the MacBook Air clones.
Update 2: Leander Kahney, Cult of Mac:
Not only do the they rip off the basic design premise â€” lightweight, portable laptops with long battery life â€” they copy the same wedge aluminum casing, wedge shape, chiclet keyboard, large, button-less trackpad, and the selection and placement of ports.
Kahney gives example after example of MacBook Air clones announced at CES.