Re: 'this is simply unacceptable'
I am not an expert, but I believe that the combination of a small font face, 200 dpi equivalent and anything else on an analog copier would somehow blur the result. I am happy to be corrected if I am wrong.
A blurry 8 ( or is it an 8? or a 3? or a B?) would make me squint and possibly double check the original just to make sure.
A perfectly clear 8 would make me assume it is an 8 which was born as an 8, and I would just go ahead taking it as good.
And "The normal quality option produces small file sizes by using advanced compression techniques. Image quality is generally acceptable, however, text quality degradation and character substitution errors may occur with some originals."
If you are making a copy, it means that you are printing it and you don't care about the resulting file which will be deleted once you are done with it ( again, an assumption which can be corrected by anyone in the know ). Even if it turns out to be 300MB, do you really care?