A minor update.
I was looking for a new keyboard, the Cherry MX Blue keyboard I'd been using for ages was great but very loud. Also took up alot of space on the desk so I wanted something a little more compact.
I was going to order a heavily customised wasd keyboard, when I found one of these on e-bay for £30, the previous owner had it for a week but decided he preferred a full size keyboard. I decided to take a punt on it ( i have used a lot of razer devices in the past when I was more heavily into gaming )
It's a Razer BlackWidow Tournament edition ( which basically means it doesn't have number pad ). It uses Razer' own mechanical keys which are very tactile and probably MX Green equivelant, and not quite as loud as the MX blues. Works great on my mac and under my various ubuntu vms.
i spend most of my live in Vim these and found the compact layout works really well for me.
As for the old Cherry keyboard, one of me colleagues borrowed it to see if it was any better than the stock apple keyboard ... he's been using for several months so I suspect the answer is YES. Although I think four of us with mechanical keyboards sitting around @pads is probably driving him nuts.