We published a review of Mint 13 Xfce on our portal. Since the original post is in Croatian, here are some highlights in English:
I tested the new Linux Mint Xfce on an old Acer notebook (Intel Pentium Dual Core T2390, 2 GB RAM). A few moments into the booting process…and you can already see the familiar, default Mint desktop. I noticed an issue with the appearance of desktop icons; apparently, this is a bug which was present before, but hasn’t been resolved. Wireless works out of the box and all partitions are mounted automatically. Everything looks clear, neat and polished, and the system itself feels very fast and lightweight. My favourite feature is the right-click menu which is perfectly responsive and comes with a bunch of options.
However, the real treasure of Mint 13 Xfce lies in a seemingly ordinary, simple feature - the desktop panel. This plain element of your desktop can be easily transformed into an efficient dock, which you can customize either via Menu>Settings>Panel, or by simply right-clicking and selecting Panel>Panel Preferences. Here you can quickly and easily adjust all panel details or add a new toolbar.
I say it without exaggeration - this is one of the best distributions I’ve used so far. The simplicity and incredible customizability of Xfce is combined with the best MATE components. The final product has the potential to influence development of both environments, to open up possibilities for cooperation and finally, to bring the two desktop environments together.