Plus the print quality is so good, the newest printers may have extra features, but they are all high quality.
Also, I know calibrating a monitor using a gadget it the best way, but I do it just using a couple of prints. It did take a bit to figure out which photos to use, but any new monitor I just bring up 2 photos and I can calibrate the monitor (I know exactly what the colors should look like, but I started with printed versions).
Print profiles are trivial. You will get them from any paper manufacturer and just copy them into a directory.
IDK, people spending $1000's on camera gear to look at shots on a 1080 monitor and complaining about spending a few $100 on ink each year to print. Doesn't make sense to me. Yes, you will probably spend some money trying things to start with, but after that, it is not that expensive to print your own. I guess it is somewhat symptomatic of the digital age where you buy the gear and expect not to spend any money actually making photographs.
Now, sure, if you are motivated to send you images off to get them printed, and you have everything calibrated to get what you expect, fine, I'm not knocking that. But if having a printer means you'll use it and print images instead of just looking at them on a screen, I will always highly recommend it.