Comparison of website search box size

What’s the Best Search Box Size?

Search is an important component of any large website, especially an online retailer with thousands of products.

However, when visiting different sites I’ve seen little consensus on how many characters should be viewable in a search box, even though being able to read what you’ve typed is key to search usability.

I thought it would be interesting to review the search boxes of web retailers to see if there were any best practices that could be learned from them regarding search box size.
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