Linux Mint MATE user here also, since early 2009, back when called the Main or Gnome edition, 2-3 years before Cinnamon was heard of.
After bouncing around a few distros, to include Ubuntu, once I met Linux Mint, knew it was the distro for me. While there were reports of alleged security letdowns with Mint 16, I had no troubles, if so would had dropped the distro as though a hot coal. Looking forward in about 16 months to be what'll be my 10 year usage of Linux Mint MATE. Have tried Cinnamon several times, just wasn't right for me, also the KDE version, didn't last two days. The only other version of Mint I've used & liked on low resource systems is the Xfce edition, although MATE isn't really that more demanding & ships fully loaded with software. Great distro for Home & Business user alike, there's good reason why Mint has been in the Top 5 Linux distros since late 2011.
Of course, Ubuntu helped Mint gain huge back then with their now abandoned Unity UI, still supported until 2021 for version 16.04 LTS, yet there won't be anymore Unity releases, has returned back to Gnome. Not that Unity was that bad, rather grew so fast with other platforms (smartphones) that Canonical simply had to bow out, to focus on their paying business/enterprise customers. If not already done, am sure that at some point, Canonical will sell the rights to Unity off to the highest bidder.
At any rate, there's good reason why many in the tech industry has stated over the last 2-3 years that Linux Mint (Cinnamon or MATE) is an ideal 'drop in replacement' for Windows 7. A quick Google search will confirm this.
The main thing as far as drivers goes, is being connected to the Internet at time of install & have any accessories such as printers (even if wireless) plugged into a USB port & powered on. There are .deb installers for some printers, which in essence are the same as .exe files.