When I open my Compaq laptop running Windows Vista, the mouse and keyboard are "frozen" for 5-7 seconds before they become active and I can enter my password to unlock the computer. This is very annoying - do you know of any fixes? It seems like it takes a second to initialize the mouse and keyboard.
You might see a slight improvement with Windows 7, or Windows XP (they are faster than Vista).
That said, all computers need a little bit of time to wake up devices. With a well-optimized system, the time can be negligible, otherwise, it can stretch.
Personally, 1 second is still within reasonable expectations - I've seen computers that need more than a minute to wake up due to all the bloatware and crap the user have installed.