Here is a good overview of the different cherry mx switches used in these keyboards. Each color has a different feel.
The brown switches used in this keyboard are described as:
Are these DAS keyboards refurbished? Although it does say “New” in the description, the warranty is for 90 days only, and the warranty link (http://www.daskeyboard.com/guarantee/) shows that 90 days is the warranty for “Refurbished Das Keyboard and Division Zero Items”.
Just got reply from support that these keyboards are actually “Factory Reconditioned” (although the item still show “New”).
FYI, just got a new one for $99 + free shipping from DAS store.
Factor in $5 for Woot shipping and this is not a great deal.