The HP Envy 100 e D410a offers something new in the world of home printing, an expert believes.

Users hoping for a stylish unit for their ink cartridges may find just what they want in the model, which takes a different approach to design.

Technology correspondent for San Diego's Daily Transcript Phil Baker noted that the model is the "result of imaginative thinking".

A particular difference is the lack of a large input and output paper tray on the front of the unit.

The model even features its own built-in computer, allowing users access to a range of apps that help increase functionality.

The apps allow people to print a range of items, such as greetings cards, without the need to hook the printer up to their PC.

HP says the model is "whisper quiet" adding that it will not interrupt "conversations or TV programmes" when it is being used.