At the time when I installed Mint on the HP dual booting with W 8.1 I had stuff I needed to run. Just been to lazy to rid it. That laptop I boot to Mint, go to bank, Pay utilities, sign off. Used exclusively dedicated for that.
i have a laptop and so hardware is as it came - if i shared the specs and thus price range i went for - you guys would then be asking "how far North of England does that guy come from - does he wear a Kilt ?'