Looks like you're getting friendly enough with your new partner. Let me caution you against using the keyboard for a backstop. They're not very durable and can get costly over time. Try a dirt berm or wood. Yuk yuk.
I've been happy with my wife's G19 as far as usability and durability. Looks? There's certainly nicer looking semi's, for me it isn't that important yet. I own an XD 40, again not pretty but it feels good when I shoot it. When a gun fills my hand it feels like I have more control.