Alright, i haven't searched HP that well, I was looking towards a ASUS, Dell, or Acer. But if you find it good, go for it. I used to be mad at Acer, I heard so many stories of them breaking, but that was in the old days.
Bloatware, yes, in some ways, are easy to remove. It's just that if you need more security/power-saving options, I would go to a higher platform. My Eee 1005HA came with XP Home on it. Wiped it, put 7 Ultimate on it, toned down some of the desktop and power settings, great. Just needed to download certain drivers, and its fine.
BTW, not happy with your Macbook?