I do go on (and on) about the new “Ecotank” Epson printers, but they do represent a big up-front cost. Don’t worry, Epson hasn’t abandoned the traditional inkjet printing model. It has launched half a dozen new models in its “Expression” home range.

The Epson Expression XP-240, XP-245, XP-340, XP-344, XP-440 and XP-442 printers are all multifunction units, capable of printing, copying and scanning, and come in a compact form. Epson tags them “Small-in-One” printers. With WiFi they connect to your home network, but also offer WiFi Direct so you can connect directly to them with your smart phone and print photos.

With the free Epson iPrint app you can scan and print using your phone, and the Epson Creative Print app allows printing from Facebook, in addition to creating greeting cards, colouring book templates from photos, and lots more fun things. There’s even an Email Print feature which lets you send prints from anywhere in the world.

The top four models include a colour LCD screen and a card slot, which makes them very convenient to use with digital cameras as well, since you can print directly from your camera’s SD card.

They all use four ink cartridges – designed for high quality glossy photo prints – which can be replaced individually. No wasted expense there.

The Epson Expression XP-240 is available for $89, the XP-340 for $99 and the XP-440 for $129. The new range of Epson Expression home printers are available from OfficeWorks, Harvey Norman, JB Hi-Fi, Good Guys and all good Epson resellers and retailers.