A stream deck feels a bit to expensive for what it does, but whilst I know this does not have all the bells, whistles and on-button display, it would add some additional keys which could be programmed.
There are also some cheaper alternatives, made by ‘Jelly Comb’, but I’m not sure that tese are programmable.
If anyone has something to recommend, I’m listening!
Those cheap “numpad” replacements usually are mapped in a fixed way to those keys. Setting up macros with keyboard maestro or alike will only recognize “numpad 1” (for example) not “keyboard X + numpad 1”. If you use a full keyboard with numpad already those macros will collide with your numpad use.
Yet, you can always use the “hyperkey” (Capslock mapped to CTRL + SHIFT + ALT + CMD using Karabiner Elements or BetterTouchTool) in combination with every key on your keyboard.
The only difficulty is remembering what hotkey combo corresponds to what automation.
I want to echo @DannyR above and ask the difference between using the Stream Deck app vs the device. Why buy the device if you can subscribe to the app for approx $25/year? Or must you buy the device first in order to add the app like renting an additional seat?