This holiday season may not bring us any revolutionary new gadget (no Apple tablet — yet), but some existing products are getting significant updates or new accessories that boost their performance. Heck, even Microsoft now has a media player that you can call stylish while keeping a straight face. Here are some of the most noteworthy new offerings — year-end purchases that, in most cases, won’t eat up a year-end bonus.

Sony PSP Go (Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc., $250). When it was announced earlier this year, the PSP Go garnered the last thing a marketing department wants: head-scratching. And little wonder. Here was a redesign of a product that never really met expectations — Sony’s $170 PlayStation Portable — yet was more expensive, with less functionality, than its predecessor. In the blogosphere, the technical term was: Huh?

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