People looking for a cheap printer for occasional use may find the Deskjet 1050A from ink cartridges maker HP is a good addition to their home.

The manufacturer notes the machine is compact and easy to set up and use, while it also offers scanning and copying functionality.

It could be a good choice for people concerned with their carbon footprint, as it is Energy Star certified and HP states it uses roughly the same amount of power when in standby as a clock radio.

One reviewer to examine the device was Niall Magennis of CNet UK, who was impressed with the range of features on offer from a device in its price range.

He noted the quality of the scanner and copier are more than adequate for more basic household tasks, while the print output was described as "very impressive" for graphics.

Mr Magennis also observed the running costs are also relatively cheap, which he concluded may make it an ideal choice for low-volume users.

Another option for those seeking a budget device may be the Brother DCP-J525W, which was stated by Kat Orphanides of Expert Reviews to offer fast printing and a stylish design.