Google Instant likes to think it's pretty fast, but how fast is it really? We pitted regular old Google against Google Instant, complete with its time-saving shortcuts, for a head-to-head comparison.
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To make this as accurate and fair of a comparison as possible, we restricted our typing speed to 240 key presses per minute. That's four key presses per second, or what comes out to somewhere around 50 words per minute — a moderate typing speed for the average person. Key presses mean any key, so invoking a shortcut counts. The winner was determined when Google was sure it found the correct result.
While Google Instant isn't necessarily the exact definition of instant, it's definitely a whole lot faster. Overall it saved 17 seconds over all 10 searches combined. That's only 1.7 seconds per search on average, but let's say you perform 40 searches per day — that's 24,820 seconds, 413.67 minutes and nearly seven hours per year. Not bad.