I need to get a laptop soon for work. I will be using a laser templating system for measuring countertops that uses a HP PDA with built in CAD software to encode all the information it gets when on the jobsite. Technically, I could complete the whole job on the PDA and send the DXF file to the CNC machine by email. However, I know using a tiny PDA screen all day long will drive me nuts and make me go blind before I'm 40.
So, I want to get a laptop. I have an iMac at home and love it. All but one computer at work are Macs and the one that's a PC no one wants to use. In other words, I would like to stick with a Mac. I've heard you can run Windows on a Mac. The PDA can send the info via bluetooth to a laptop so it can be managed on a larger screen. I'm assuming the HP PDA will not work with OSX, so I would need windows on the laptop. Is this something that seems like it will work for my situation? Also, should I run XP rather than Vista? I don't want to make my laptop unstable by running two seperate operating systems, but REALLY don't want a Dell! Also, will windows work on both MB and MB Pro's?
Any info you can give me will be great. I need to make this decision soon and would like to make it well informed.