I'd actually like to read it.
So, I'm an HP "Fan." As it were, at least so far as their enterprise hardware goes. It's not the best deal for the money, but I know when I call HP, I'm getting a solid piece of hardware, a good bios and good service.
In regards to their consumer line, I've always thought the Envy was overpriced, and am in total agreement with you. The only way I can make a justification for it is based on experience with comparables. To be perfectly honest, if you're shopping in the major brand spectrum, your options are Dell or HP, and if I were to do a pound for pound and dollar for dollar comparison of their offerings I'd come to the conclusion that HP always produces better products.
That being said, I'd only buy HP in a vacuum. Asus does most of its manufacturing in-house (via pegatron), less foxconn on average than anyone else so they're my first option.