You can't test keyboards on the internet yet so you know to get out and go shopping.
As to fast turn on, almost all the laptops today have 5 and less second turn on from sleep or zero power sleep so that issue is not much a challenge anymore.
As to the lot of browser tabs I'm sure you know that what's in the tabs matters. If I open a couple heavy script pages I can get about 4 tabs open here. Static content however seems to let me open a few hundred tabs. That's a strange request since it matters what's on the page.
I'd be very grateful if someone could suggest a laptop for me. I'm a freelance writer and researcher. The laptop will be my primary computer and I will also travel a lot with it so I guess I want something of a compromise/hybrid that is not too heavy but also not too small and uncomfortable to look at or type on. I want a screen that is at least 14 inches. As I type a ton I would like a nice keyboard with a fair amount of travel on the keys, and preferably a number pad (though the number pad is not a deal breaker). I will not be playing games or using heavy duty software; however I do often have a lot of browser tabs and windows open, and I would like a laptop that can cope with that and is reasonably fast turning on etc.
I can spend up to $1000.
Any suggestions would be gratefully received.