You're not the first person I've seen saying they need a more powerful system to play Crunchyroll, but it uses Flash, so as long as you're not trying to watch 1080P on a under-powered netbook or a 5+ year old laptop, that shouldn't be an issue; slow Internet speeds are more problematic.
Even watching all of Nichijou, that should only use up about a fourth of the guest pass, so I hope you're able to find something else to enjoy while you give it a try.
You're right - the problems I had with playback were caused mostly by an older version of the Flash Player. I updated the player plugins for both Chrome and Firefox, and now the playback is smooth.
I also found that for my particular system, and for the sake of just plain ease of viewing, it "looked better" if I set the monitor resolution to 1280 X 720. That gave me a good match for watching the episodes full-screen at 720p.
I've seen the first two episodes but will now re-watch them as I was spending part of the time getting things to work and couldn't give it my full attention.
But already I like it a lot. The windup key prop reminded me of the kinds of offbeat comedy devices used in Pani Poni Dash. I got a kick out of the collision with the kid rendered as an atomic blast, complete with expanding shock wave and labeled debris that fell in a neat sequence onto Yukko's head.
The slapstick comedy and music also remind me of the old Warner Brothers cartoons. In fact, I think the music here is great.
So thanks once again for the pass! I have to do some capturing of Anime VOD Network epsiodes before they expire at 12:00 AM but will return to Nichijou when that's done.
Say... do you get some kind of signup bonus if I get a Crunchyroll premium subscription? I just want to make sure that happens if I sign up....