quality wise, they're probably the best I've seen and owned. the big H buckle is exclusively the province of douchebags, so I think you should just avoid those. Hermes does make different, more tasteful buckles that are good options. my Hermes belt is a "normal" looking buckle but I do love the craftsmanship (I believe the material is palladium)
The H belts are overpriced in an effort to keep the status or allure of owning one high. I love the leather, the fact they are reversible, and even some of the buckles are cool. But I don't really find them appropriate in most settings....too showy.