Individuals looking to buy a new printer and compatible ink supplies may find some of the more recent models on the market offer many innovative features.

Senior researcher at consumer group Which? Katie Waller explained that some devices are able to connect directly to the internet and have apps available for them.

Many of these are able to hook up to a home network via built-in Wi-Fi, though others have an Ethernet port for connecting to a router via a cable, she said.

Wireless devices could be useful for people looking to print from a smartphone, as many printer makers now offer software for iPhone and Android devices that can help with this.

"A lot of the printers now – the high-end ones – will have bigger colour touch screens," Ms Waller said, adding these models may be able to download apps that can be used to produce items such as games or colouring activities for kids.

Some advanced HP models come with removable tablets that can be used independently, she added, while the brand also offers its ePrint feature on several machines that assign the device an email address, which people can send documents to from anywhere.