Epson is piloting an inkjet printer pre-loaded with enough toner to produce 8,500 colour pages.
This could remove the need for users to buy cartridges from third-party toner manufacturers. It could also be more environmentally friendly.
The EC-01 device comes with a sealed unit attached and when the ink runs dry the Epson will pick up the box, replace it and send it to be recycled. The printer is being trialled in schools.
Nick Butler, managing director at Epson UK, said the company was testing the idea of a printer that contains consumables.
"We are trying to establish the principle of whether this business model will pay back the customer and ourselves," he added.
The printer is more environmentally friendly because fewer toner cartridges will go into landfill site. It will also help schools get a clearer view of how much they print and prevent cartridges being stolen.