Ultrabooks, the Ultra-Fancy New Name for Laptops

Ina Fried:

If this is the first you’ve heard the term, it refers to Windows PCs that resemble the MacBook Air — 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: Intel says 75 ultrabooks coming our way in 2012.

Update 2: Leander Kahney, Cult of Mac:

Not only do the they rip off the basic design premise — lightweight, portable laptops with long battery life — 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.