Hey there Miikerman!
I don’t know what the format might be for a sansa’s “secure clock” as set via synchronization in MTP mode, but my gut feeling is that it might not be the traditional HH:MM:SS DD/MM/YYYY as we use it.
A clock display is a handy thing on the e280; I never thought it would be as handy as it has proven to be. I use the recorder often to keep track of my diagnostic progress at work, plus it’s terribly handy for catching those fleeting thoughts. The e200 is designed as a pocket recorder and music machine, and the combination has proven quite useful. It sports a separate REC button just for that use.
The Clip, on the other hand, is engineered a bit differently: it’s the ultimate easily carried, clips anywhere machine. I don’t see it being employed in the same way as the e280. Recording requires navigating through a few steps- but the fact that it does indeed make great recordings is a bonus.
Adding a clock function to the firmware, plus the display task, might take away from the primary design- though it would be nice, if not just for the time/date stamp function when recording.
The e200 has a constant clock display that easily feeds into recording data.
So, I have one of each. If I can’t catch a thought on the 280, it’s nice to have the Clip’s recorder as a backup.