I have switched the main search engine from Google or Bing to DuckDuckGo in all of my browsers. There is not one but several reasons for that, from preferring unfiltered results over filtered ones (who really needs personalization anyway when searching?) to better privacy and the excellent !bang feature that is so helpful in many cases.
I'm still making use of the other search engines though, I would be foolish not to, but the main search engine, the one that I try first to find an answer is DuckDuckGo. While it returns results that I can work with most of the time, it fails at other times. Especially searches where you search for specific versions of products seems to fall in that category. I often search for things like Firefox 20 release notes and would expect the first result to point me to the release notes page on Mozilla. Often though it links to an older page and sometimes even in a different language.
Still, if I weight in everything it is the best search engine for my purpose right now, especially since I can use the !bang feature to quickly redirect the search to Google, Bing or even Ghacks (yes, the !ghacks bang redirects you right here on the first page of the search results).
This is just a small selection that I find useful. You can check out the - very very long - list here.
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