I just thought I'd put a couple of cents in here.
We bought the Epson 1280 on Saturday and the few samples that we printed were phenomenal! (The other printer we have is an HP Deskjet 890c - not really good for photos.) It didn't come with a cable (we are using USB since I have the HP on the parallel port) but we popped out a picked one up. Installing it was not a problem.
Maybe I'm impressed because the HP didn't produce very nice photos but I think the quality of the prints from the Epson are really great. For the most part, I don't think you can really tell them apart from an actual photo unless you know what to look for. We also just got a new digital camera so we'll be doing a lot of our own processing now. (Can hardly wait!