Further consideration of the goodness of older, 32 bit lapboxes versus contemporary 64 bit lapboxes, plus a bit of wider viewing, lets up conjecture a rule of modern marketplace mechanics:
When niche pricing develops, quality deteriorates.
That is, competition between manufacturers to capture a niche market, or as large a share as possible, is balanced by making the product as cheaply as possible. This is usually only possible in an effectively horizontal marketplace if crap diffuses into the product.
Hence, the old stuff is better, at least absent some actual advance in technology. In this case, the 64 bit CPU does not offset the rest of the hardware’s rot.