I have the SW40VE and I actually love it and recently bought a SW9VE and the jury i out on it. The 40 has been flawless since day one, the 9 locked the slide back every time it was fired, but not when you just pull the slide back, unless there is an empty magazine in place. Came home and tore it completely down, found the slide stop spring was not installed under the locking block correctly. It caused the slide to bind when fired. I tweaked it and re-installed it, called S&W and they are sending me another.
I bought the 40 for a boat/4 wheeler/truck gun for use at the farm. It originally had a 11 3/4lb trigger. I shot it, played with the trigger, shot it, played some more and now have a 6 1/2lb trigger with the Apex kit and a 7lb trigger without it. The 9 is unmodified at the moment.
Here is a video to walk you thru the "free" trigger job:
Sigma Trigger Fix / Mod DIY walk through for beginners EASY
If you want to make it "look" a little better, add a M&P F/S base plates:
I also added night sights to the 40:
My everyday carry is a M&P 40c, but I would not hesitate to carry the SW40 if I can find a nice IWB holster for it.