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Snag an iPad Pro for Less, With Refurb Models Starting at Just $180

This Woot sale is a rare opportunity to pick up a sleek iPad Pro at a discount, as long as you can live with a used model.

iPad Pro with Apple Pencil and a drawing app
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Apple has a few different models of the iPad, but the iPad Pro is by far its most advanced. Its high-tech hardware lets it compete with some lower-level laptops. It's sleek and versatile, but also quite pricey -- a problem that's not helped by the fact that Apple almost never drops the price on its products directly. 

If you're looking to snag one of these powerful tablets for less, your best bet is to opt for a previous generation. They're not very easy to track down new, but right now, Woot has a selection of factory reconditioned models that you can pick up for hundreds less than list price. This sale runs now through Oct. 2, but with limited quantities of these refurb models, there's a good chance they could start to sell out before then. 

According to Woot, factory reconditioned means that an item was returned, inspected and restored to fully working condition. Every device in this sale was refurbished by Apple, but they do not include a power adapter, so you will have to buy one separately. However, the devices are covered by a 60-day warranty (PDF), just in case anything goes wrong. 

There are a few different generations available at this sale, with low prices on refurbished models. If you want a powerful iPad without springing for the latest fifth-gen iPad Pro, this a good option to consider. The third-gen iPad Pro was originally released back in 2018, but is still more than sufficient for web browsing and light work. It's equipped with Apple's A12X Bionic chip with an eight-core CPU and seven-core GPU, and a Liquid Retina display with identical resolution to the step-up fourth-gen model. The 12.9-inch model starts at just $500 with 64GB of storage, and the 64GB 11-inch model starts at $450.

If you're looking to save a little more money, you might consider the 12.9-inch iPad Pro 2. Starting at $400, this 2017 iPad Pro boasts some pretty impressive specs and features for significantly less than the most recent models. It's equipped with a stunning 12.9-inch LED-backlit display, as well as a 12-megapixel camera for 4K video recording. It has Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.2 support for fast and seamless connectivity, and a battery life of up to 10 hours for all-day work and play.

For the most budget-friendly of the lot, the petite 9.7-inch iPad Pro from 2016 starts at just $180. Keep in mind, however, that with older models you'll lack some of the more modern features of the aforementioned options, and it won't receive software updates for as long. Shop the entire sale selection at Woot to find a model at the size and capacity you're looking for, or check out other iPad deals available now.

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