I've used a card reader ever since I first went digital many years ago. I've gone through a lot of them. I hate waiting so I always get the fastest card reader I can find and try to use fast cards as well. Never had any problems with bent pins, but I do try to be careful when inserting CF cards.
The SATA card readers were my favorite until USB 3.0 came out. That was around the same time that I upgraded my computer case and could no longer use the SATA reader that fit into a floppy drive slot. Most new cases don't make any provision for floppy drives and all the drives that fit in 5.25 inch optical drive slots were still USB 2.0 the last time I checked.
I am now using this Kingston USB 3.0 reader. I haven't done any speed tests, but it seems pretty fast and I haven't had any problems.http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820139641
I tried a couple of USB 3.0 readers from SYBA that ran really slow. Some sort of defect I guess. Sent the first one back and the replacement was no better.