As I see this thread is asleep for about a year now, it's still pertinent and interesting, but I think that I understand now why the ideea about printer reviews has stalled.
I've done some reading on the net on the topic, and I'm still with big gaps in knowledge I'm afraid.
From what I've learned I understand that, in order to have an output at the same quality standard that our pictures are taken, even with an entry level camera and lenses, one has to invest about the same order of magnitude in printing gear and consumables if not more.
I've visided some printing shops and net based printing services and found only one locally, used by proffesionals, that can do a decent job and not the automated printing mill where the output quality is anybody's guess. From those you can download their printer profiles and, provided you have calibrated your display and have software that has soft proofing, you can have decent prints that are close to what you see on your computer. I strongly suspect that it's more productive, less time consuming not to mention cheaper, to use such a service (that has to exist anywhere where there are proffesional photographers) than to print your photos at home.
Those that I found, even come to your home and calibrate your display for you.For about $150 those give you a 3 day 9 hour hands on workshop in their lab, where they teach you all you have to know about printing proffesional photographs and how to best use THEIR services of course
I think that one can find such a a service almost anywhere (not sure about McMurdoch station in Antarctica though
) in the world.