I’m never offline anymore.

I have Wi-Fi at home and at the office, nearly every hotel or coffee shop on the planet offers connectivity, and for the rare in-between times, my phone serves as a perfectly usable (if slightly awkward) mechanism for getting on the internet. The only time I can’t get online now is underground on the subway — and even that may not be true for long.

Meanwhile, my computer is increasingly becoming just a portal to the internet. I use Word and Outlook and Photoshop, but even those apps are designed to be perpetually connected and intertwined — and browser-based approximations of those apps are ever improving. Even PC games are meant to be played online. If I have no Wi-Fi, my MacBook Air feels pointless, empty.

This new order is one in which a Chromebook, an always-connected laptop that is explicitly designed to be used online, might actually make sense. And don’t look now, but the industry is noticing: Toshiba, Acer, Lenovo, and other manufacturers are announcing devices running Google’s Chrome OS, and Chromebooks are now used in 22 percent of US school districts and in countries around the world.

The new head of the lineup, the device designed to unseat last year’s Samsung Chromebook at the top of the Amazon best-seller list, is the HP Chromebook 11. At $279, this 11.6-inch laptop is priced to move. And if it’s “just a web browser,” it’s a beautiful one.

Google’s on a mission to connect the world to the internet, by hook or by crook. (Or by balloon.) The Chromebook 11 is our end of the wire.