When I was young, we didn't have much money. Because of those experiences...I (probably) keep, and use, things a lot longer than I should. I still have a Palm LifeDrive. My Dell Inspiron 9400 notebook computer...which was given to me for free...has Windows Vista installed, and only 2 GB of RAM. BUT it has a VERY comfortable 17-inch display (I love that).
I try to care for things I own so they can perform as best as they can. My Toshiba Satellite A105-S4034 notebook computer is in great shape. I purchased a battery that has allowed me to use the computer from 5 to 7 hours. The computer has 3 GB RAM, and an Intel T1350 1.86 GHz processor. I've been seeking a "very light" distribution of Linux for it...
I've installed Linux Lite 2.0 (https://www.linuxliteos.com).
I owned an Acer C710 Chromebook. It was a great "notepad". When I used it for more than that I was disappointed. (I expected to be able to stream YouTube videos without any performance issues, and my expectations were too great.)
(Instead of purchasing a Chromebook) I installed the Google Chrome browser on my Toshiba. I am unable to streaming video (from YouTube) without performance issues...but I'm not surprised: other operating systems I installed on this computer have also not allowed for smooth streaming of video.
For now, I expect to be able to use this computer as I would a very cheap Chromebook: hours of use and battery life, no expectations of being able to enjoy (streaming) video services.
(I'm using Dropbox to synchronize and access files.)