I am using Linux Mint 18.3 Cinnamon on this little ASUS laptop, it is about the same as yours only 10 times slower
I bought it on a low budget at a time when money was scarce, so you get what you bargained for.
Win7 Home Premium on it was so slow, I could turn it on, take a shower, and the forum would almost be up so I could read it.
There was a very noticeable difference when I put Linux on it, it is fairly snappy now.
But, it just does not have the resources to get fancy, ie, Virtual Box and Wine just plain won't function.
So, I have removed both of those, and just going to use it for an Internet surfing PC and let it go at that.
Of all the different Linux OSs out there, I tried several on a LiveCD, I found Mint Cinnamon to be the most friendly to us ole Windows reprobates.
The same commands work from the keyboard, "Windows key" + "E" brings up the file manager just like in Win7.
The GUI is very friendly, and not all that much different than Windows. It works the same, click on START ( Menu ) and up comes the tree of stuff to click on.
Here is a pix showing Firefox on this thread, and the menu overlay.