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The goal is to invoke the spotlight search field, enter text and to generate search results only AFTER hitting enter. Default behavior is to start generating results as soon as a character is entered which creates sluggish performance on older Macs. Should be noted this refers to OS X versions prior to Snow Leopard.

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Although it looks like it may be no longer under development, have a look at Laserlight, a small utility for exactly that purpose

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This is a handy app, thanks. Feels a little shaky and is not being updated. But still a good solution. –  lilbunnyfoofoo Sep 12 '09 at 18:47
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