Yeah the creaking is kind of unavoidable with thin and wide aluminum. My MBP creaked too, less, but it was also broken in. Only thing that pisses me off is my wife's Air is completely solid with no creaking at all, and she would never notice or care 😂for me, all three Mac laptops I’ve had... a 2015 Air, 2019 Pro, and the 2020 M1 Air now... they’ve all creaked to some degree, whether it’s opening the lid, etc. I’ve come to accept it at this point lol
I'm wondering if this will break in over time too. Not nearly the issue that the speaker popping was, that was legitimately infuriating and clearly an actual hardware issue.