Samsung unveiled the world’s slimmest monochrome laser printer, the ML-1630 and a multifunctional printer, the SCX-4500, at IFA 2007.

With a "grand-piano" black and high-gloss finish, Samsung says the the compact printers "exude a sense of luxury emphasizing personal style and value".

Also - "For the first time Samsung has developed printers based not only on functions and performances but on sensibility".

"The world is wild about fine design", said Mr. Junwon Bae, Senior Designer of Samsung’s Digital Printing Division.

"In a world where consumers are looking for more than product functionality, Samsung has introduced an innovative product design and functionality that will further cement its position in the high-end printer market."

Apparently targeting savvy users who want products with style and design, ML-1630 and SCX-4500 "accentuate sophisticated forms of minimalism by reducing the printer to its essentials and simultaneously incorporating an aesthetic stylishness".

Samsung state the duo employ high quality materials from the "grand-piano" black high-gloss finish, and the blue LED scan process indicator and button-less sensors to highlight its simplicity.

More blurb from the company: "This uniqueness achieved convergence of simple lines and forms, culminating into minimal elegance".

The ML-1630, the world’s slimmest mono laser printer, is only 11cm thick, and as with the SCX-4500, "unnecessary" buttons have been removed and replaced with soft-touch sensors.

Pricing and availability to be confirmed.