Kodak has entered the consumer inkjet market with new model aiming for the heart of HP's printing profitability: the replacement ink cartridges. Kodak's replacement cartridges list for $9.99 for black ink and $14.99 for five-colour ink, about half what HP and other brands charge.

Different models of the Kodak machines, which can print, scan and copy - but not fax - documents, list for $149.99, $199.99 and $299.99, depending on the features. They are also targeted at consumers and home-based business operators.

No official details of a UK launch have been announced, but press reports this morning suggest the new models could arrive here in May.