The results were fantastic, far better than I had been running from my own very geriatric printer.
One set was printed on Epson Premium Glossy Photo Paper. This is a paper I know well as I have been using it for most of the printing I have produced over the past few years. It has a high gloss surface and looks very similar to a traditional gloss RC photographic paper.
The second printed on Somerset Enhanced Textured paper. This looks like a water colour paper with quite a rough texture. The images printed on this have a better 'feel' than the gloss finish.
I see that Epson have just announced the 3880 which is the next generation printer in this range.
With the slightly improved ink set in the x880 printer range, a custom profile, and some experiment with colour space for my images. I know I will see some fantastic prints from whatever printer I choose to buy.