I don't love nor hate HP. I have a dv5000 that still works quite well after 6 years of ownership. It was sent in under warranty to fix the fan just before the 3 year period was up. I called on a weekend, had the shipping label within a couple days, and two days after that it was fixed and back at my door (yes, a consumer model, not a business one). I still had to deal with foreign tech support which is never fun, but I ended up with the result I wanted.
That said, not many current HP models appeal to me because of their keyboard layouts or horrible screens. They can't seem to make a perfect model; they always have some fault I just cannot get over.