What the S&W SDVE 9MM is;
1. A gun that works and will go BANG everytime you pull the trigger.
2. A gun that has an 8lbs trigger that's hard to pull, some have mastered it.
3. A economy S&W model.
4. A gun that will be hard to recover a fair amount of invested money should you decide to sell it/them.
What the S&W SDVE 9MM is NOT;
1. A gun that has a good after market following for customizing.
2. A gun that will be fun to shoot after 200+ rounds in one range session due to trigger pull fatigue.
3. The best that S&W offers.
4. A gun that will have a ton of available replacement parts in 10-20 years after the model has been replaced in the S&W line up.
I Think that there are other guns in the top tier (S&W M&P, Springfield XD and Glock G19, G17) that are priced from $50-$100 more that will frankly be around longer a far as replacement parts support both factory and aftermarket.
If you are looking for a gun(s) that will come out of the safe once or twice a year for a night at the shooting range and used as a possible HD gun then the SDVE will work for you but if you want to go shooting with the boys a few times a month and stay up with the latest fads and have a gun that will be supported for years to come get a GLOCK,
My brother and I bought our handguns on the same day at the same store back in 1989. He bought an S&W 5906 and I bought a Glock 17, if we both needed magazines or say replace a firing pin who could be back in action faster....enough said.