Using Mint 18.3 on this machine --- after which we had to amicably part ways because they were stupid enough to junk KDE in further editions --- and it does most stuff well.
As for the start menu the first 2 things on any installation of any OS I do is to shove the taskbar in the sky and revert to Classic Start Menu --- when I can't do that I give up on an OS. Why mess with cascading perfection ?
My motherboard onboard sound died, so I bought a cheap Chinese USB soundcard dongle, and Mint handled it immediately. Anyway good luck to Mint.