I didn't notice this issue here, apart from some occasional and general network slow downs
I did though And I still do. I was waiting to see if someone else would reply, but apparently, I'm alone with this issue.
It also happens when I highlight a word and drag it in order to google it in a new tab, which is otherwise an extremely helpful Maxthon feature. Alas, it gives me the same seconds-long delay. I can open a new tab in the meantime, type the word in the search bar and hit enter, and this new search is completed before the first one. I have a very fast connection, so it's not that. And my search URL leads directly to Google.com without any search partners or other parameters that might slow down the search.
I also have delays when I open a new tab sometimes and when I open my settings. I assume that the thumbnails on the new tab page as well as my settings are somehow synced with Maxthon's servers, which would explain the delays. Is a search from the address bar also synced with other servers? Maybe to figure out if it's an URL or a search string?