Yesterday I got a Canon Pro9000 MkII and of course the first thing I printed was test images, especially the PhotoDisc Target. They were really great, of course.
The thing that really surprised me is that they weren't any different from the ones that I printed with my Canon iP2600, which costs the grand sum of $30 at Walmart! I've pored over those prints, and sought other opinions, and everybody agrees, there's no difference.
I've always been impressed by the prints from the 2600 but never had anything to compare them to except prints from the drugstore. I thought surely a "good" printer would blow the 2600 out of the water. Not so!
Of course, the 2600 drinks ink like it was water! Seriously! And it's slower and louder than the Pro9000, and nobody makes profiles for it except Canon (with Canon papers). But I think it's amazing that such an inexpensive printer can make prints like that!